I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.


Lens Conclusion

Simply put, I just did not get on well with them, I had so much trouble getting them in my eyes that it would make my eyes sore and then I would not want to wear them. For me and my lifestyle contact lenses are just not right, but at least though I can say I tried.


Contacts Trial - Day Three

After yesterday's failed attempt it has put me off attempting today and then coupled up with my right eye still feeling sore from yesterday, bugger me if I'm going to attempt to poke about with my eye again. I am going to leave it a few days before having another go at it as a friend suggested.
So in the meantime I am going to write a list of pros and cons for wearing lenses and then take a step back and see if it is really worth the hassle of wearing lenses over glasses.



All I remember was being in the bathroom sitting on the toilet and then telling Wayne I felt faint. My intention was to make my way to the bedroom and lay down until the dizzy feeling had passed, clearly I did not make it to the bedroom, instead I awoke with paramedics looming over me as I came to. I had blacked out, fallen to the floor and on my way down I hit the back of my head on a door handle.
Is it just typical that I have treated myself to a trip to the barbers with a new hair style only for it to be ruined with blood and shredded flesh.
I was told that Kelly, Wayne's daughter went into first aid mode whilst Wayne felt helpless to what he could do, it was only yesterday that Wayne had been watching a documentary on JFK and seeing the head injury was all he could think about and panicked as it was not just but blood he was faced with but flesh to.
I was rushed to A&E in an ambulance where I was treated for a head injury and lacerations to the scalp and once cleaned up I was glued back together, medical advances mean no more stitches.
I have just got rest up for the next 72 hours and make sure in that time I do not spend to much time watching the TV, being on the iPad or iPhone and drinking lots of fluids whilst being watched over.




Sooner or later, everyone is going to experience an ankle injury. What you do with that injury could make the difference between an ability to function normally, and a lifetime of chronic pain. The very first thing to remember (even before going to the doctor) is R.I.C.E.

REST: Rest does not mean that you should do nothing with an ankle for days or weeks on end after injuring it. It means that after you sprain your ankle, you need to get off of it right away to prevent further damage. It may mean you need to lay off of sports for a while or get a pair of crutches for a few days. Just remember, studies on football players have shown that injured players who stand on the sideline to watch the game (instead of sitting down), take almost twice as long to get back on the playing field post injury.
ICE: This is a critical step in the healing process. Ice is a vasoconstrictor (as opposed to a vasodilator). In English, this means that ice “constricts” arteriole blood flow at the site of injury and slows down inflammation. Inflammation, contrary to what most people think, is the release of the chemicals that used to be inside of cells, into the extracellular fluid once those cells are injured and die. The inflammatory chemicals attract the fluid into the surrounding area and cause swelling. Some swelling and inflammation is a good thing and actually promotes proper healing. However, too much swelling causes, among other things, a build up of scar tissue. I strongly advise not using anti-inflammatory drugs to deal with swelling because they have been scientifically proven to cause injured ligaments to heal 1/3 weaker, and about 40% less elastic. Not good for preventing recurrence!
COMPRESSION: A bandage or ankle “sleeve” will suffice here. This simply helps keep swelling down.
ELEVATION: Elevation helps keep swelling down as well but only if your ankle is elevated above your heart! Simply propping your foot up in a recliner is not good enough.

iPad Neck

Today I awoke with a very stiff neck, I can remember getting this some time ago when I relied heavily on using the laptop, now though it is from excessively looking down and possibly playing far to many games on the iPad.
Maybe now it is not called a stiff neck anymore but rather iPad neck.
While the first murmurs of so called iPad neck pain originated in the circles of massage therapists, the condition has been now been verified by scientists. The millions of people who use the devices, hailed as a bridge between laptops and mobile phones, are also at risk of neck injuries, claims a new study.


Researchers found that the flexibility and convenience tablet computers are hailed for could actually be harming users, especially if held on their laps.
They are at risk of "iPad shoulder" or "iPad neck" because holding a tablet low down means that the user has to gaze downwards more sharply, increasing the pressure on their joints.
So it turns out that computing on your lap is a major strain, but is that not also how we usually read books? Yes, we like to have books at angles to optimise viewing angles, but tablets are harder to hold than books because of the active screen. You have to hold them on the edge so as you do not activate the screen with your touch, unlike books. This constraint limits how we can hold them, and if we read for too long, some postures get a bit too much too. While a steep viewing angle can work for watching movies or reading, it makes for uncomfortable typing.
My advice is to keep moving, do not get stuck in the same position for too long and following these few simple steps should help.
1. Shift positions frequently. Keep moving and changing your postures every few minutes. This will keep your neck, shoulders, and arms from tensing up or getting fatigued.
2. Invest in a case. If you are using an iPad for long bouts of reading or movie viewing, you will want to keep it propped on a table at about a 60 to 70 degree angle to prevent neck strain. Tilting the tablet in your hands for extended periods will be tough on your arms and wrists.
3. Set fonts to a large type size. This will enable you to read material more easily in a neutral posture with back and neck in a straight vertical line. If you cannot read the type, you will be inclined to round your back and thrust your neck forward, in a poor posture that is associated with shoulder and neck pain.
Other than just keep moving there are exercises you can do If you do let it slip and your body has got to a stage where aches and pains are already present.
1. Neck rolls are helpful for releasing a stiff neck. They can be done frequently to help keep your neck loose during the day. Just do half neck rolls by rolling from one ear to the other and dropping the head forward, To avoid compressing nerves in the neck and do not drop the head to the back. Aim for eight to 12 neck rolls each side. Then, hold the ear to the shoulder for a few deep breaths, just once to each side. It is important to keep the shoulders down and relaxed during these exercises. Take deep breaths and relax as you stretch. Neck rolls can be done several times each day.
2. Head Turns are simple ways to also help. Turn the head and look right to left. Try to gently look a little bit further behind you with each turn. Keep the shoulders down. Neck rolls and head turns are helpful if you work at a computer or other job where you tend to round the shoulders and neck forward as you work.
3. Across the body stretches help to, don not think that it is all about stretching just your neck. Bring your arm across your body and hold the elbow. Gently press your elbow towards your chest. Keep the shoulders down and relaxed. Hold for five to 10 deep breaths and focus on relaxing into the stretch. Repeat other side. This exercise provides a gentle stretch for the shoulder. Combining shoulder and neck stretches with using good posture and body mechanics, can help to ease stiffness and prevent pain.
4. It is not just neck and arms, think about your head to, that can also link the pain points. You can also bring your hands behind your head. As you squeeze the shoulder blades together, open your elbows as far as possible without hurting your shoulders. To involve the neck, gently press the back of your head into your hands. This not only stretches the neck and shoulders, but also helps to correct posture as well. Lifting the arms behind the head will help you to sit up straight. Pressing the head back into the hands will bring your neck in alignment over the shoulders.

Everything Has A Price

It has been nearly a week that I have had this knee injury and the very idea of using running to keep fit and lose weight has come at a price, the price of not knowing how to warm up and cool down resulted in a lot of time not running but resting.
My biggest problem now is getting it repaired in order to not be put off with the very idea of running again as more often or not when you have an accident or injury it can be enough to make you not want to go down that route again.
It cannot be as easy as just resting to repair the damage, can it?
Unfortunately it is not that straight forward as the first thing you need to ascertain is the type of injury that has occurred and wether or not it is a case of cold or hot therapy. There is also two types of injuries that each require different procedures to heal them correctly.
An acute injury is something that happens quite quickly, normally a sprain or an immediate sports injury and something that is very visible such as, swelling or a bruising. Then there is a chronic injury which has no visible signs and tends to be deeper down such as a reoccurring torn muscle injury, muscle spasms and joint pains.
So once you know what injury you have, then you will know wether it is a case of treating it with cold or hot therapy. With acute injuries you would treat it with a cold, in other words ice. Applying ice wrapped in a towel, bag of frozen peas or one of the many ice gel pack that can readily bought should be done several times a day and only on the affected area for ten minutes at a time. You can repeat with ice several times in one session but, one thing you really need to adhere to is allowing the skin to return to normal temperature before icing a second and third time.
With heat therapy the rules are pretty much the same, but instead of using ice you would use a hot water bottle or the microwaveable wheat pack or snap activated heat gel pack. Because hot therapy increases the blood flow it is not recommended to use after exercise. You also need to remember that with both treatments you still need to apply the same safety. With hot treatments you should only apply to an injury for no more than that of fifteen to twenty minutes so as to prevent burns. It is said that the best hot treatment is that of a moist treatment, however this treatment is not very practical and so most opt for the wheat or snap activated gel packs.


I am lucky that I have acute injury that can be treated, cured and when healed properly can also be prevented from happening again, unlike that of chronic injuries that can only be treated to reduce and subside the injury.
With my injury, the healing process will have to start with cold therapy and then once the swelling has gone then and only then can I move onto hot therapy should I need it.
I have been looking online on several sports forums trying to find the best way to repair my injury as resting from exercise cannot be the only option to repair this knee. There is code used by professionals called P.R.I.C.E., yes something I paying dearly with.
PRICE is aimed at acute injuries and consists of five steps to follow to aid the recovery both better and faster.

PROTECTION: If injured, stop playing and protect the injured part from further damage. Avoid putting weight on the injured part and if need be get help in moving to a safe area.
REST: Rest is vital to protect the injured muscle, tendon, ligament or other tissue injury. Resting the injured part is important to promote healing.
ICE: Cold provides short term pain relief and also limits swelling by reducing blood flow to the injured area.
COMPRESSION: Compression helps to reduce swelling, which may delay healing and also some people find that compression can have some pain relief. Using a bandage or a elasticated tube bandage aids for the best results, but do remember that should the injured area start to throb then you know that you have the bandage to tight and should re-bandage the area a little loser.
ELEVATION: Elevating an injury will help to control the swelling and it is most effective when the injured area is raised above the level of the heart. For example if you injure your ankle or in my case your knee, then laying down with a pillow or two propped under your foot is ideal.

I started using this guide a few days ago and I am finding that this method is actually working and my knee injury is not as painful. I do not seem to need to rely on painkillers throughout the day as I did last week and only needing to take the prescribed painkillers twice a day. Here is to rapid recovery, well okay better recovery.

The Doc Says

I knew the today's visit to the doctors would be met with some kind of rest, but I was not sure how long that rest period was to be.
Oh dear I have a case of Chondromalacia Patellae (also known as CMP).
CMP is caused by the irritation of the undersurface of the kneecap or Patella that is covered by a layer of smooth cartilage and when this cartilage area become irritated a knee pain is experienced. It is very common among football players, gymnasts, cyclists, rowers, ballet dancers and of course runners.


I have found out that I will not be running for some time and part of that not running period will include two weeks of total rest.
I was prescribed some strong painkillers and anti-inflammatories and also told to wear a light knee support, such as a tube-e-grip whilst indoors but allowing an eight hour period of no support. If I needed to go out for any long periods of time I had to wear a stronger knee support, the one that is specific for sporting use. I have been told to keep my leg elevated of a night and to do some light stretching exercises and then when I do return to running again it has to be a program that consists of walking that progressively gets longer, slowly combining it with very short bursts of running. Looks like the Nike+ beginners twelve week program is going to be the best program.
Oh well such is life, you live and you learn.