Day 15: Monday Motivation

Monday has started off really well, I have lost another 4 pounds and another inch off of my waist on the 12 week MyBody challenge, I was so inspired that I did the MyPower Workout at 7.30 am and then took feisty daughter to school. Today is a day to celebrate, because on Monday May 14th 1979, I had a spinal fusion (large rod attached to my spine) to treat my scoliosis. For those of you that don’t know scoliosis is a curvature of the spine and mine was a lovely backwards S shape. The fun doesn’t stop there as the spine curves side-ways but also rotates, which means your hips, ribs and shoulders come out of alignment. I used to have trouble breathing and walking and my shoulders hurt a lot.  I was told at the time that if I didn’t have the operation I would be in a wheelchair by the age of 21. I will be forever grateful to the brilliant Mike Edgar who operated on my back at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. Today my back feels great, I jive, I do zumba, go for long walks and now am doing the 12 week fitness challenge with Myleene Klass for the MailOnline…/Could-Myleene-Klass-body-12-we… . The RNOH has given me 39 years of health and movement – what a great hospital!

With that in mind it’s time to write something useful about science – today it’s a new way of using fluorescence and UV to check surgical instruments are free from prions, (nasty bits of protein that can cause Creutzfeldt Jakob disease [vCDJ] and also some say Alzheimer’s disease.) Feeling great today!


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