Saturday, October 29, 2011

All the Single Ladies by Kate Bolick

Thought-provoking article:

Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options: increasingly, her choice is between deadbeats (whose numbers are rising) and playboys (whose power is growing). But this strange state of affairs also presents an opportunity: as the economy evolves, it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal

But what transpired next lay well beyond the powers of everybody’s imagination: as women have climbed ever higher, men have been falling behind. We’ve arrived at the top of the staircase, finally ready to start our lives, only to discover a cavernous room at the tail end of a party, most of the men gone already, some having never shown up—and those who remain are leering by the cheese table, or are, you know, the ones you don’t want to go out with.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tibia / Tibial Stress Fracture

A person with a tibial stress fracture has a thin crack in the shinbone, caused by overuse of the lower leg. Tibial stress fractures are most common in competitive runners and results from too much microscopic stress on a portion of a bone without enough time to heal. Tibial stress fractures are particularly dangerous due to the amount of weight this bone bears with each step.

Symptoms of a tibial stress fracture include leg pain, swelling and tenderness, located over the front of the tibia. The pain is worse while running, jumping, or climbing.

Symptoms to look out for when a tibial fracture is suspected:
  • Localized pain – the onset of the pain may be gradual and is commonly felt on the lower third part of the affected leg or on the shin. Pain is often sharp in nature and it typically increases with activity that involves impact. Instead of shin pain, patients may also complain of calf pain.
  • Tenderness – Patients may complain of pain when the affected area is palpated or pressed
  • Swelling – The area just above the fracture may swell and redden
  • Altered Gait – The patient may have a difficult time walking and they may have a difficult time putting weight on the affected leg.
Treatment for a tibial stress fracture may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, a cane or crutches, and a leg cast or splint. Additional treatment for a tibial stress fracture may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and physical therapy. Most people with tibial stress fractures recover completely with treatment.

Three years back I had a similar post for "Cuboid Stress Fracture". Much to my amazement, that has become the top google query for these words and gets about 20 odd hits a day. A "Tibial Stress Fracture" is more common so I don't expect this post to get that kind of attention :p But yeah I have broken my Tibia.

The funny thing is that I have gotten so used to bad things happening these days that I smile when horrible things happen to me. I smiled when my doc told me that the MRI showed a break.

I was walking back from class with someone today. She asked me - "Are you limping?" Me - "Oh yeah. I broke my leg... Got hit by a car while running and stuff." She was like "What?". Me - "It's no big deal in the grand scheme of things. Kind of sucks that I can't run but whatever."

My manager was asking me about my running last week because he said that he knows how important to me. I was telling him about what a horrible period I'm going through now.

The interesting thing is that in the run where I broke this, I had a feeling of certainty that that felt like a break. I tried to run but could not run another step. Just could not.

I have not run for the last six weeks. Here's how they've progressed.

Week 1-2: Ibuprofen & PT making matters worse. Trying to see if I can get back to running. Sort of in denial since I knew something bad would show up if I went to a doc.

Week 3-4: In India. Amazing that I got through my dad's funeral with a broken leg. Not surprising that I could not walk a single step the next day. As a part of the mourning you're not allowed to wear shoes. So I made the break worse and suffered in pain for the next few days in slippers.

Week 5-6: Tried to take more care of the leg. X-rays showed nothing before the MRI caught this today.

I'm in a boot now for a month. Kind or relieved that I'm on the mend now :) Got to love life :)

"There is a new grade 4 stress fracture of the distal tibal shaft, positioned 6.2 cm proximal to the tibial plafond. The fracture consists of an obliquely oriented linear low signal fracture line, extensive marrow edema."


1. New grade 4 stress fracture of the distal tibial shaft, involving the posterior cortical surface, with overlying focal periosteal new bone formation and extensive periosteal thickening and edema.
2. Previous grade 3 stress fracture of the distal fibula has since resolved.
3. Severe synovitis of the tarsal sinus and canal, obscuring the subtalar ligaments. Bone marrow edema within the adjacent anterior talus and calcaneus may represent reactive osteitos in response to the subtalar synovitis, versus low-grade stress reaction without focal fracture"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy birthday dad!

Last year when I called he told me "I was waiting for your call." Not waiting anymore this year. Must be quite a celebration up there... Happy Birthday!

Now we are free!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Who, What, Why: How can a 100-year-old run a marathon?

Mr Fauja Singh puts his success down to not smoking or drinking alcohol, staying positive - and eating ginger curry.

Mr Singh, who took up running 11 years ago after his wife and son died, trains every day by running 10 miles.

Launching the opening of entries for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2012, he said: "I am not a learned person in any shape or form. To me, the secret is being happy, doing charity work, staying healthy and being positive.

"If someone says I must stop running I ignore them - invariably they're younger than me. The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. If there's something you can't change then why worry about it?

"Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running."

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wake me up when September ends...

I was reflecting and just realized that going back to at least the last ten years the most horrendous of things have happened to me in September. Going forward I think I really need to lie low in September...

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
wake me up when September ends

like my father's come to pass
seven years has gone so fast
wake me up when September ends

here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

as my memory rests
but never forgets what I lost
wake me up when September ends

summer has come and passed
the innocent can never last
wake me up when September ends

ring out the bells again
like we did when spring began
wake me up when September ends

here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

as my memory rests
but never forgets what I lost
wake me up when September ends

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
wake me up when September ends

like my father's come to pass
twenty years has gone so fast
wake me up when September ends
wake me up when September ends
wake me up when September ends

Monday, October 03, 2011

The 2012 Virgin London Marathon Ballot

Why am I not surprised... Just as well. I can stay local and don't need to commit till the last moment. I think I will keep entering the ballot for London for a bit. I don't think I want to dish out the money to marathontours just as yet... The Paris marathon was special and will stay that way.
Monday, October 3, 2011 7:59 AM

Dear Entrant,

We regret that we have to advise you that your application to run in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon has not been successful due to massive over-subscription.

However, if you still wish to run please click on the link below where there is a list of tour operators in your country who may be able to help you enter the 2012 Virgin London Marathon.

Yours Sincerely

 David Bedford
Race Director

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Give me some sunshine...

How much more? Getting tough to remain optimistic...

Saari umar hum
Mar mar ke jee liye
Ek pal to ab humein jeene do
Jeene do

Give me some sunshine
Give me some rain
Give me another chance
I wanna grow up once again

Bachpan to gaya
Jawani bhi gayi
Ek pal to ab humein
Jeene do jeene do

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