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Archive for December, 2013

Grandchildren Are Blue Zones

December 27, 2013 @ 11:11 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Family is one of the pillars of “The Blue Zones”.  We started with my wife’s extended family gathering at our home this year.  Each of her siblings had grandchildren in attendance.  The Santa thing was the only time we did not have total chaos among the youngest generation.

The next morning our daughter and her husband headed back to prepare for Christmas at her house without three year old RJ “the Tornado”.  He stayed with us.  I took him to the Phelps Youth Pavilion for over 2 hours, which left us both in need of a nap.  The next day Grammy helped RJ make his special banana bread.  (Only RJ, Grammy and Uncle Alex can make special banana bread.)

We arrived in Minneapolis in time for Christmas Eve service.  RJ and Gwen shared their mother’s lap, briefly.  Christmas Day included in-laws and the highlight for all.  Enticed by crinkly paper, 6 month old Gwen crawled for the first time – over ten feet in all.  Mama beware, she’s mobile!

Home Alone again after a 5-day whirlwind, we are exhausted.  And happy.  We can’t wait to see them again.

Jay Ginther, MD

So, There Is Nothing You Can Do For Me

December 14, 2013 @ 9:12 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Recently a patient finished her half hour visit by saying, “so there is nothing you can do for me”.  We had discussed Low Bone Mineral Density (BMD) on her DXA; Vertebral Compression Fractures on her VFA; correcting her Diet – Low in Calcium, Vitamin D3 and Protein; Cutting Down her Smoking; back extension Exercises; and possibly Medications that could reverse her Clinical Osteoporosis.  None of these interested her.

She was not interested in what she could do to prevent future fractures.  She wanted me to “delete” her current Fragility Fracture and the problems she was having from it.  She did not believe that she has clinical osteoporosis.  She did not believe she is at risk for future fractures.  She certainly did not believe that she should be expected to take any action to help herself. 

We’re Back

@ 8:08 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

After additional issues, we are back.  Next post coming soon.

Jay Ginther, MD