Summit Physical Therapy October 2019

PAUL'S POINT OF VIEW

OCTOBER 2019

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SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER

It may be October, but sometimes it’s hard to shake that summer state of mind. Last month, I told you about our family trip to San Diego. That vacation has come and gone, but we made a lot of good memories — even if we didn’t do everything we wanted (like making it up to Disneyland, for instance). But we did go snorkeling at La Jolla Cove, which is just north of San Diego. My son’s girlfriend joined us, and we all had a great time. While in San Diego, we celebrated my wife’s birthday, which was accompanied by a family tradition: We sing a song to my wife! This tradition started four years ago. Our neighbor put us up to it when I was brainstorming what to get my wife for her birthday. They suggested doing something creative rather than buying a needless object, so we crafted a song. Every year, we write a new one — lyrics, tune, and all! It helps that our son has a decent singing voice. Even better, his girlfriend got in on the fun. We spent about 45 minutes writing and composing, and our youngest

got on the keyboard to lay down the accompaniment. This year, we even had a guitar in the mix! But like all good things, my wife’s birthday celebration and our trip to San Diego had to come to an end. Once we got back home, it was business as usual — well, for the most part. I had been thinking about getting a new car. My old one was having issues, and, when I took it to the mechanic, they told me it would need some major surgery. I wasn’t ready to put my car through all that, so I decided to visit a car lot to see what else was out there. In the end, the lot offered so little in trade-in value that I thought, “You know what? I’m going to keep my car!” I put in some fresh oil, cleaned it up a bit, and it’s been running well enough since. Sometimes the best change is no change at all! Although, don’t tell that to my youngest son. He recently started lifting weights, so he’s looking to make a few changes for himself. In this case, he’d like to build muscle mass and get into better shape. This is the same son who wanted to get

a motorbike. He’s newly licensed but has yet to find a bike he really likes. In the meantime, I need to get my own license renewed, so we can ride together. I just have to bite the bullet and go down to the DMV. My eldest son has been busy participating in a local production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It sounds like he’s having a lot of fun with that, and we all can’t wait to see it! In September, as you may know, I had a Balance, Dizziness, and Fall- Prevention seminar at the clinic. We’re planning on having more classes just like this one in the future, all aimed at helping you improve your health and wellness. So, be on the lookout for more of these in the future!

–Paul Kane, P.T., BSC, CMP

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