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Hippy: Hip Impingement Surgery

Hippy: Hip Impingement aka Femero-Acetabular Impingement — FAI for short… and OUCH for real
Hip Impingment Surgery coming up soon. Thought I’d share a bit about the preplanning. It is taking a lot of time to coordinate post op in home survival. It is reminding me of just how good I am at coordinating and project managing, but it’s also making me over work this probably simple situation.

But first — anyone considering surgery must remember to ask the right questions. Don’t assume anything. There comes a time when you finally ask the right questions. And I finally did.
The right question in any Doctor’s office – especially in a surgeons – is simple:
“What are my other options? ”  and if they say surgery —
always ask: “Is there any other non-invasive option?”

I so wish I’d asked that a year ago.

Hip injuries really damage the quality of life. It’s not supposed to happen this young, we say. We’ve taken great care of ourselves, tried to eat well, tried to exercise — and still.. things happen. We can work it out on our own – just massage, exercise and take it easy for a while. But when that doesn’t help, you know there’s an issue bigger than you thought. After 6 months of self management, I saw a PT for 9 months. By that time, I could barely walk. The more I did the worse I got.

Facing Hip Surgery and it’s so complicated. Crutches, stairs, and oh dear… Here’s my strategy. Things must be thought through before hand. With a disabled spouse, it’s essential that I create a few plans. I keep saying things like:

This Hippy (that’s what they call us) is not so happy about surgery.
But she’s got a plan. It’s a good plan. Maybe it’s a great plan. But it requires help. And asking for help is not easy. And it’s kind of funny how much I find online that is different than the doctor’s office recommendations. Rick’s doc would call them medical profiteers — they are selling stuff to make money. Caveat Emptor: Let the Buyer Beware. (Might consider a website dedicated to selling stuff to help)

What I’m finding is I need a balance of tools to help compared to what the doctor says I really need. I saved over $300 by not buying stuff that others wrote about on their hippy experience.

So here’s the plan:
Eat clean prior to surgery, ensuring I eat uplifting foods and eat a rainbow of colors while getting the best nutrients.
Organize a space to hang out in the house.
Tested crutches and found better padding options to avoid pressure point pain.

And a pretty, matching Crutcheze carry case that attaches to the crutches:

And if these things aren’t enough to help, I have plenty of backpacks I can use to haul stuff around the house.
Like the ice pack I’ll need. I found this brand works the best. The cold stays cold, it’s super flexible, and there is little risk of tearing. And if I use my laptop backpack, I can carry it from freezer to my spot on the couch.

The bigger dilemma will be food preparation and self-care.
Cook a bunch of meals and put in the freezer.
Do a Costco Run and buy all kinds of good things to freeze or have in pantry.
Stock up on staples and sundries.
Enlist help from friends to check on me, check on hubby, help with household stuff.

Drink lot’s of liquids: Water, Fresh Juice with lot’s of “mean green”  and Bone Broth all fresh made.
Take the right supplements: Immune support, Holy Basil Plus, Calcium, D3, and a multi
Make sure I eat lots of fibrous foods and get enough protein

Move! The doc’s office says they want me to move. They don’t want me sitting around.

Probably get a massage or two.

The big concern right now is how to help my disabled hubby get through this without crashing. He can’t do a fraction of what he wants to do on a good day. He’s not used to needing to help me. I fear the stress will be too much and I have no idea what to do about it.

They don’t teach this in business school. They don’t teach this in post grad school either. Somehow, either you think like a project manager or you don’t. I’ve got that ingrained in me. Drive people nuts when I think things through, but not much falls through the cracks. Thanks to Terry Umbreit, who taught us well.

My War with Chronic Pain

It was about 1994.5570_feet_sand_1_0

The term wasn’t popularized and I didn’t care what it was called. I only knew I could barely walk, could barely get through a day. I forget. I don’t even connect with people who have fibro or other immune issues. My pain was different. There was a tangible, obvious, root cause.

BEWARE the Popular Diagnosis?

I’d been in chronic pain for 3 or 4  years following a car accident that affected my entire left side. The pain would start Read More→

When you find something you love, you need to share it.

They say in 12 step rooms that in order to keep it, you have to give it away. When it comes to matters of the spirit, matters of the healing soul, I find this to be true.
So here — I wish to keep this, so I am sharing the meditations I am loving most.

I’m hopeful that anyone challenged with life threatening, life sucking illnesses can find their path to healthy whole living once again. I believe that you can. I believe that you are powerful, mindful, and able. It may not be in your desired time, but you will find your way. You may move through this time to find that there is a gift within this madness – a treasure to cling to that comes from within.

I know I have. I know that my treasures are not of physical form. I know I’ve come through to be a guide to others. I’m not perfect. In fact, I’m far from it. But I also know that through my trevails came a different kind of love and a different kind of strength.

Some have said it’s bs – some have said it’s just soft stuff. Hell, I’ve been turned away from jobs because I was told “you are too soft” and all I could do was laugh. Yeah, right! Soft? Those who don’t see the strength behind compassion, kindness, and empathy are perhaps weak themselves. Those who don’t see the strength are then threatened when the bulldog comes out. I’ve often wondered about this,for those who wish for us to roll over to their demands get awfully hostile when we refuse. You can’t make this stuff up. Somehow, when chronic illness threatens to destroy a life, everyone involved changes. Things come into perspective.

It takes great strength to remain loving, hopeful, and kind when slammed into the reality that somethings are just out of our control. Only when the strong crumble into a ball of tears, do they find the true strength. That – my friends – is you.

The bravado? The Tough Act? The hard nosed, bullish demanding ways of some? That’s the B.S.

Don’t be afraid to be You.
Dare to Be YOU. In all your soft, loving, kind, and brave ways — Be YOU.

And then you know.

It’s not drama: It’s life!

Who do you want to be?

We can all get drawn in emotionally. That’s why reality tv is so popular. People avoiding their own lives by watching the lives of others.

I’ve noticed several posts on Facebook of late about how to avoid other people’s drama.  In reality, its how we choose to listen and validate others. Or not. See, I grew up feeling that emotional anything was wrong. I grew up believing that any show of emotion was weakness. I’m not going into how I got that way. I will say that by the time I was 35, it was no longer working to keep a hard shell around me. And it took many years to learn to be my real self.

I ask you: Is it healthy to label real life as DRAMA?
When real things happen to you, your friends, your family — are you shutting them out and shoving them away because it’s too dramatic?

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There’s Nothing Wrong with asking for what you want…

Just be careful who you ask!

Lifelong lessons were tough. Don’t ask. Don’t admit you need help. Don’t expect help because it’s not there.

But folks, that was all so totally wrong. Asking for help meant causing people to stop what they were doing and think about someone else. It was rarely about them, but they feared helping another was a sign of something, perhaps admitting their own fears? Not sure.

Today was a big day. We asked for help. People whom I barely know asked no questions, made no motions of shaming — they just wanted to validate that the story was real. It’s real alrighty.

I am blessed to know that angels are circling and happy to help just because a friend is in need. I am delighted and overwhelmed with gratitude and love for those who literally offered help with no qualms, no questions, no loss of dignity.

The most generous of all was a man whom I barely know any more – and he made it sound like it was an honor to help me and it made his day. Go figure. That is not what I grew up with.

It’s all about opening our hearts, listening, and knowing.  Knowing when to answer that little tug that says, you know what: I want to help and this much I can do.

It’s about honoring yourself.  It’s about knowing that you can, and then doing.

What’s it all about?  Well….here’s the link that kicked it off:  WE are using GoFundMe to crowd fund a trip to the Mayo Clinic.


Get Your Game On: GO SEAHAWKS

Hey everybody!

You getting excited about that SuperBowl tomorrow. Wondering how to stay on target with your foods? Wondering how to speed things up?
I’ve got you covered.

Since when does the big game have to be a fun fest of sugar, fat and salt? Since when do you have to get sick while enjoying the thrill of the big game. Here in Seahawk land, people are planning on taking Monday off to recover!

I say it’s nuts. Here’s why:

I’ve been a healthy living advocate for some 40 years. Yeah, it makes me old. But it also makes me stand out amongst most others my age. I’m 57. I don’t have any prescriptions, nor life altering illness. I’m able to run a slow 5 miles, ride 50 at a decent clip, and can do more push ups today than I could at 30.

Here’s the deal: It’s not about will power or self control. That’s the first myth that must be busted. Read More→

Winding Down: Good bye 2013


It’s been a good year for connecting with some wonderful friends, new and old.SailingPS-4458

Through the wonders of the interwebs, I’ve enjoyed connections that never would have happened, friendships deepened,  and yes some were let go. Not exactly smooth sailing, but we made it and we still have faith.

I’ve made new friends. I’ve found old friends.  I’ve connected deeply with the people who mean the most to me. For this, I am most grateful.  It’s been a year! As this year winds up, I’m getting contemplative and internally focused. I always do. It’s that time of reckoning: What did we accomplish. What did we love. What do we need to forgive of ourselves or others. How can we make next year better!!!! That is why we all go through this. How can we make next year better!

My self-claimed purpose again distracted by a very strange road filled with many large part holes. Through it all, I recognize at times that my strength comes from a bigger source. It’s surely not in me because I would have crumbled without the faith and love of something bigger than I. Some call it God, others call it Nature. And some? They just call it Source. Works for me, man!

In my reverie, I suspect some wonder how people get through these kinds of trials. With that, I have to admit I do too. And then I find some little thing to do.

My New Year’s Gift to you. Some random thoughts on what keeps me going. Read More→

Releasing the Ancient Wounds Opens the Gateway


It’s not about money and it’s not about the perfect body.

My health coaching is evolving and with it so am I. It’s pretty clear: At some point, we just know that it’s not so much about food. We can change our diets. We can add exercise. We can detox all year round. Until we open the floodgates and let the bad out, we don’t have room for the good unless we expand. So — let’d do something about it.

We can’t fix the past. No one can. We can talk about till we are bored silly with our own stories. We can spend tens of thousands over decades of ‘talk therapy’ and find that the sore spots still fester at a simple trigger. What’s the trigger point? It could be a voice, seeing a name, seeing  an advertisement, hearing someone else’s pain….or just that unconscious mental moment.

Let’s get rid of this stuff, eh?

Five Steps to Releasing and Revitalizing YOU







So Can I. And if I can YOU SURE CAN.

Want to try it out? Call me for a single session. If you love it, you can sign up for a package. It works. I’m working it.

Love you all.


Pike Place Market


Someone asked about ordering images on coffee mugs.  Our images on are all available. For years, I’ve thought about having our favorites printed on ceramic tiles.  DONE!  It’s so easy!

I just ordered some of our favorite photographs to be placed on ceramic tiles. What I learned this morning:

Art never dies even when it’s been years since you’ve looked at it.
There is an artist in everyone, just waiting for expression.
What is beautiful to me is natural expressions. It’s not about perfection. Although we try to be perfect, our art comes from the heart.

And I learned that Smug Mug ordering is kind of slow!

Two photographers, decidedly different styles and views — but we work together with ease. It’s our way of getting out. It’s my way of bringing nature inside. Feel free to browse our galleries. You can get prints, pre mounted or framed prints, prints on coffee mugs, tiles, and a very pretty mahogany desk organizer that includes an inlaid tile with photo of your choosing.  Ramblin Lamb Photography is on SmugMug – where you can easily find the art that you love.

Oh one more thing, ask yourself what you do for a creative outlet. It makes a huge difference in your healthy quest. WHY?
Because we need to feed that inner spark while we are feeding our bodies with good fuel.

Merry Happy Joyous season to you.

What IF

What do you really enjoy? What is it that makes you feel alive?

We were put here to live and to live fully – joyously — not to drown in despair, hating 70% of our lives in order to pay for the 30% left.

This is how I ended up changing course, choosing my niche, and continuing on in spite of all odds against me. This is what gives me the courage to keep working forward.

Watch this and think about the next 10 years.

If you want some inspiration to move towards your true passionate purpose, I can help.

If you are passionate about healthy living and you really want to make a change, I can help.

Don’t wait for joy — make it part of your day!  If you are in between, wanting to change, wanting to create a better you, I can help.

We can talk about foods, nutrition, sleep, or just daily being. My firm belief is that when we are being the person we are meant to be, we start making better choices for everything else. We have the energy to do what makes us healthier, happier, and whole.

It starts somewhere within. We decide. We take action. And then we choose our own course.

It was not sheer madness that caused me to change — it was sheer desperation. I was tired of taking care of everyone else’s dreams and goals, tired of being the one everyone else relied on to help them get where they wanted to go. It was time for me to plunge into building my own dreams.

How about you? Can I help you move forward?