Month: August 2015

My RA 10 minute exercise plan

  Repeat after me Move! Historically, I have always been a mover: swimming laps, walking a big dog, yoga classes, physically active job, cancer rehab, silver sneakers core, tai chi, gardening, etc.  RA changed a lot of that. I reached a point where I was so sick I could hardly move. I moved only because it hurt more when I didn’t move. I don’t think anyone understands how hard it can be just to get dressed. Running errands is exhausting. Going to the gym, just a dream for the moment. I cannot walk far  as I have bad ankle and foot damage. Going to the gym, for now, feels like planning a trip to the moon. However, I know that muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic conditioning are vital to RA stability. And it needs to happen every day. When I feel better, I swim laps. In June it was a quarter mile free style. Felt good.  Presently, that seems overwhelming. Not the swimming but the dynamics around it. I have devised a ten minute exercise set …

Me 2015

This is me Enthusiastic From the heart Always helpful Stuck with RA Happy Curious     Mary’s Arthritis started when I was newly diagnosed with RA and given the added bonus of two cancers in the same year.  But it was hard to sustain as my situation worsened. Coping took all my time. Learning to accept a shift in my reality took time. I had rarely been sick. I raised a family. As an RN I worked surgical cardiac critical care. I had been a nurse in the Air Force. I ran a photography business for 25 years and expected to work another 20. A reality shift took time. I now have this vision of the Hobbit living in the Shire. the Hobbit Life is compatible with writing and researching. I see that there is a lot of information out in the www.  However, a lot of it is the same old thing and much is dated or faulty.  RA is now considered 60% genetic. The rest unknown. The age group is now considered 35-65 with some …

Renoir and RA

Bal du Moulin de la Galette sold in 1990 at Sotheby’s for $79 million. Renoir painted this scene of popular Parisian life in 1876.   It was a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galette in the district of Montmartre in Paris.  An impressionistic image. Vivacious and joyful in nature.   In fact, he painted not one but two of the same scene. One large and one small. Almost identical with minor differences in style. The larger of the two paintings hangs in Musee d’Orsay, which houses the largest collection of impressionist masterpieces in the world. The smaller of the two, the one sold for $79 million, is in a private collection. Pierre-Auguste Renoir loved painting. He started his career at the young age of 13 working in a porcelain factory. He frequently visited the Louvre to study the French masters.  He spent his lifetime studying and admiring the paintings of  the master painters. With his factory earnings, he joined Alfred Sisley, Frederic Bazille and Claude Monet for classes at Charles Gleyre’s studio.     Renoir along with Pissarro, Monet, …