Saturday, July 18, 2015

Struggling

I'm barely managing to get my four miles a day in lately. I see a visit to the doctor in the fairly near future to see what's going on with my right leg. I've been rollering it, thinking it might be iliotibial syndrome. 

I wish our healthcare system here in the good old US of A allowed one to go straight to physical therapy without going through an MD first. Insurance companies won't pay for PT if it's not prescribed first. I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on television, but I'm pretty sure that's where I'm headed. 

Lucky is home by now, I'm sure. His final trail journal entry is here. With all the hoopla about Scott Jurek and his supported speed record, Lucky is way more inspiring to me. I feel pretty lucky to be walking four miles a day on a paved road. He averaged about 15 a day on a trail. That's impressive.

I'm still maintaining the weight loss that happened the month of April, but not making any progress toward the eventual goal. It would be very sad for me to think that the strict Whole 30 is the only way I can lose. Looking back on the 2013 experience of almost making it to my goal and then gaining back a bunch o'pounds, I think a strict Whole 30 could be the only way to maintain. 

Much. Thinking. Ahead.

The first load … pans and dinnerware and the
food processor, oh my!
The dishwasher was installed last Tuesday, and is working well. I didn't realize that these newfangled energy-saving machines had such a long cycle. Nearly two hours, start to finish, but I guess that's normal. The water-saving feature that makes it energy-efficient results in using more electricity and an extended cycle. 

Not sure how that saves energy, actually. 

But it's kind of fun knowing I don't have to stand at the sink for an hour cleaning up a boatload of dishes after a big cooking session. 

Lots o'graphic design work going on here. Many, many ads for a program book for an annual meeting coming up in September. Quarterly newsletter goes out Monday or Tuesday. I feel somewhat chained to a screen lately, but since it's hot-hot-hot and humid-humid-humid, I'm glad to have an excuse to not be weeding the flower beds. Heh.

And with that … time to fire up Photoshop and get to work!

2 comments:

denise said...

On the PT referral thing - I was thinking that there were some recent changes in the laws that would have insurance covering PT without referral. In fact, I believe I looked into it at some point and was told I could go without physician referral but I think there was a limit on how many visits the insurance would cover, as well as some other considerations such as maximum # of visits per year/per specific treatment.

I did a quick Google search and found these articles concerning direct access: http://www.apta.org/StateIssues/DirectAccess/FAQs/
https://www.webpt.com/blog/post/what-direct-access-and-why-should-pts-care

You have probably already checked it out, but if not, it might be worth doing more research with your insurance carrier to see if there are more options than you think. Of course, each insurance and state have their own rules, but worth a shot!

Debbi said...

Thank you, Denise. I haven't looked into it, but will definitely call my insurer to see what the rules are for my policy. It just never occurred to me that I wouldn't have to see my doctor first.