This Crazy Bomb Cyclone and Calcific Tendonitis


The above picture is courtesy NPR.

So Northern Colorado and many other states if you look at this picture, are being hit today by something I’ve never heard of before. Much like when I first heard the term polar vortex, a bomb cyclone in these “neck of the woods” is apparently pretty rare. Apparently, a bomb cyclone occurs when the barometric pressure drops like 30 millibars. A Cyclone is a circular storm much like a hurricane. Currently, our winds are between 60 and 75 mph that started out with rain in the wee hours of the morning and turned into snow and heavy wind about 9:45 this morning. With that said almost every school district east of the Rockies has closed along with many businesses. This could be the worst large-scale blizzard Colorado has seen since 2003.  So today I am taking advantage of the snow day to help heal my shoulder. 

Bomb Cyclone over US courtesy NPR

Last Tuesday I went home from subbing in Kindergarten with severe pain in my shoulder. This is a shoulder I injured five years ago while standing on top of my bathroom vanity at the first home we ever owned, painting the wall. I lost my balance and fell on my back. I tried to catch myself, hit my elbow which jarred the bone up into my rotator cuff and well it hasn’t been the same since then.  I never went to the doctor back then. I had small kids, Scott was dealing with major back pain and I put my pain off. It did get a little better but I have never been able to sleep on that side without pain. A few years went by and I started physical therapy. It helped a lot at first. But then it got worse. Finally, more imaging was completed on my shoulder and it was determined that I had a calcium deposit near the joint. Calcium deposits don’t seem like that big of a deal until they are growing in the middle of muscle tissue and tendons. When that happens these little shards of calcium can tear at tendons and muscles and cause extreme pain. Calcium deposits can grow when your body is inflamed. People with Calcific Tendonitis have confused bodies when you break a bone, your body produces more calcium to heal itself. My body has produced this calcium deposit to heal its self, but it’s producing them outside the bone. My body is confused. My doctor’s only fix was to put me on an anti-inflammatory.  So that propelled my drive to continue collecting Whole Food recipes so that I can slowly but surely reduce the inflammation in my body.  Refined processed foods contribute to inflammation in your body. So If I can reduce that by changing my diet, I might be able to get this calcium deposit to go away. Your body can reabsorb the calcium when it doesn’t feel like it needs to produce more to aid in healing bones. So my goal is to convince my body that the inflammation is going away, so the calcium will be reabsorbed. 

Calcific Tendonitis: courtesy https://www.orthobullets.com/shoulder-and-elbow/3042/calcific-tendonitis

While I haven’t been perfect at this yet, I have experimented with a few different whole food recipes. The idea is less processed, more real foods. Foods without preservatives in it like sugar and refined flours that cause inflammation. Sugar is inflammatory. Sugar is in everything! This is hard for someone who loves her daily latte. I’ve replaced that this week with many different kinds of teas, specifically unsweetened green tea. Green Tea is anti-inflammatory and will reduce inflammation just like celery, grapes, blueberries, salmon, garlic, olive oil and a myriad of other teas. I have decided the pain needs to permanently go away, on and off pain for five years, with Tuesday being as worse as the initial injury has to stop! This can’t be the rest of my life! It’s going to require some discipline and that requires a significant change in my diet.

I never had a weight problem so I used to eat what I wanted with reckless abandon. But now my quality of life has really diminished. I can’t even do my physical therapy exercises because it has been too painful since last Tuesday. I would do them first thing in the morning and right before bed, but now I’m simply working on range of motion in my arm that doesn’t result in pain.   

Anyway, that is what has been happening. Tomorrow is the last day I sub in Kindergarten and then we start spring break! While spring break doesn’t necessarily mean spring here in Northern Colorado, the temperature is expected to be a little nicer those first few days of spring break being in the 50s and 60s. I so look forward to temperatures above 20!!! 

Did you get hit by the bomb cyclone? Have you ever even heard of that before? 

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