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Summer Memories ESCAPING THE LONG WINTER OF PAIN
My son, Connor, just finished the first grade, and as you might guess, he’s excited for summer vacation. It’s really neat to see him appreciate this time of the year, and I can’t help but think back to my own summer breaks as a child. In an age before computers or the internet, summertime meant endless days spent outside. One of the biggest parts of my childhood, something I remember fondly for being so pure and simple, was playing baseball in the street. We’d use a tennis ball to avoid accidentally breaking anything, and we played for hours. We paused only to scatter when a car turned down the street, and we didn’t call it quits until it became too dark to see the ball anymore. Though the days of playing ball in the street are long behind me, I still enjoy summer for the great possibilities of the season. Unfortunately, for a lot of my patients, summer isn’t a time to travel, garden, or be outside with their families. They’re stuck in a sort of darkness year- round, where pain, nerve problems, and muscle weakness keeps them wondering if they will be able to pick up a cup of coffee in the morning — or if they’ll wake up in so much pain they’ll need to reach for 10 different medications instead. If summertime means activity and new growth, I know many of my patients feel like they live in an eternal winter. I know this had been the case for one of my more recent patients, Jose, who came to us in early February after seeing me on TV. After struggling with pain for some time, Jose first went to the hospital, where they said nothing was wrong with him. However, when he returned home, the pain only got worse. It became so tremendous, he returned to the hospital, at which point they rushed him into emergency surgery. The surgery resulted in additional problems, and Jose’s pain increased to such an extent he was left wheelchair- bound. This kind of story never fails to break my heart. We started on his treatment plan right away, and while I always pray for the best, I don’t always know what to expect. I was surprised when my staff came running up to me in late March to tell me Jose was walking again. We hurried over and found Jose out of his wheelchair and
walking across our office. His wife was almost in tears, seeing him able to walk again, and, honestly, it felt like the first sunrise of summer. After months of pain and struggle, Jose was able to transition into a better place. You could see his outlook on life change in that moment. Summer is a time to be active — to grow and be able to appreciate all the little joys in
“If summertime means activity and new growth, I know many of my patients feel like they live in an eternal winter.”
life. That’s what we’re always aiming to bring to our patients at the office. Being able to bring summer to someone — metaphorically, of course — is always very rewarding. We see so many incredible things in the office, you would think I wouldn’t be surprised anymore, but I will never stop being proud to help my patients enjoy this great time of year again.
– Dr. Bao Tha i
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4 DRINK HACKS TO KEEP YOUR BEVERAGE COOL
These hacks will allow you to enjoy the benefits of the summer sun without the side effect of a warm beverage.
Testimonial If you have more time to plan, this hack will keep your drink cold for longer. Ice doesn’t fit in a bottle, and freezing your beer or other beverage will get you to Slushy Town in a hurry. Fill an empty bottle about halfway, put the cap on, and place it in the freezer on its side. When it’s frozen, pour your favorite beverage inside — the ice from top to bottom will keep the contents cool on the go. First, let’s say you just got home from the grocery store where you purchased a 12-pack of your favorite soda. You’re thirsty and it’s room temperature at best, right? Patience is a virtue, but there’s nothing wrong with accelerating the process. Fill a bowl with ice water and add a teaspoon of salt, then submerge a can of soda in the bowl. This process will cool your drink more than twice as fast as just putting it in the freezer. This other example requires less work, but it takes more freezer space. And if you’re like the rest of us, your freezer is pretty packed in the summer! Wet a paper towel and wrap it around a bottle or can before you place it in the freezer. The contents inside will cool much more quickly.
Bonus Hack: This has nothing to do with the sun, but is still a neat way to make drinking your beverage easier. If you go fancy and use a straw when you drink from a can, you know how hard it is to get the straw to stay put. Spin the can’s tab around and feed the straw through it. Now you’ll have a well-behaved straw that doesn’t shift around when you need it to be there for you. The sun is hot, and the summer is long. You need the comfort of a cool beverage to help you get through it. Keep cool, wear sunscreen, and have fun!
“It was a pleasure meeting you and the rest of the staff yesterday. I was very optimistic after talking to some of your patients in the waiting area. I heard three to four different ladies swear by the treatments and how they have made a big difference. As for myself, now I can say WOW! For the last two weeks, I have had problems going back to sleep in the middle of the night due to nerve pain in my arm. After my trial treatment, that night was the first night I could lay back down and get back to sleep. I have seen a big difference for two days and two nights now. If one partial treatment relieved my pain for two days, I’m very optimistic about the possibility of the whole treatment permanently repairing my damaged nerves. Thank you so much!” Gino
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MEET DR. BUCKLEY
Dr. Buckley graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in April, 1996. He served as vice president of TCA District 5. He also served as a designated doctor for the state of Texas’ Division of Workers’ Compensation, where he performed Designated Doctor (DD) exams and Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs). He has worked in various aspects of sports medicine, work hardening, pain management, personal injury,
and rehabilitation. He has a passion for helping people achieve a quality of life that is balanced spiritually, physically, and mentally. He enjoys working with Dr. Thai because he enjoys interacting with the patients and has witnessed healing through the techniques of Dr. Thai.
Summer SA L AD
Recipe inspired by CookieAndKate.com.
It’s officially the season of salads, and fruit salads are summer’s specialty! Enjoy this tasty dish as a side or main course. For some added protein, toss in a handful of slivered almonds or chopped pecans.
1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil or mint, chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
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1 pound strawberries, thinly sliced 3 medium peaches, thinly sliced
1 cup blueberries
1. In a medium serving bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and basil. 2. Drizzle lemon juice, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar on top.
3. Gently toss to combine. 4. Serve immediately, or chill for later.
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How to Journal Without Journaling
Journaling is both a chance to organize your thoughts and an opportunity for therapeutic release, but traditional journaling isn’t for everyone. If you hit a wall every time you try to put pen to paper or worry you’ll have to burn your journal when you’re done, there are other ways you too can enjoy the benefits of journaling. Write Letters to Your Kids Framing journal entries as letters to children can help provide a starting point for you. Many parents journal like this with the intent of letting their kids one day read the letters, but that doesn’t have to be your end goal. Nor do you have to write to your kids. You can address your letters to your spouse, a close friend, your mother, or even a loved one who’s passed away. Record Quotes Quotes are special because they capture a profound feeling in just a few words. By recording some of your favorite quotes, you’re able to capture those feelings and reflect on why they resonate with you. Include quotes from historical figures, books, song lyrics, something you heard waiting in line at the coffee shop, or some of the “darndest things” your kids say. DEAR DIARY ... How to Journal if You Don’t Like Journaling
Go Digital Apps like Day One for iOS or Journey for Android are perfect for recording your thoughts quickly. Journaling apps are as easy as scrolling down social media, but can be locked for your eyes only. Integrate written segments with photos to create entries you can reflect on from your phone, tablet, or computer. There are as many reasons to journal as there are options for alternative journaling. Whatever you decide, just make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy doing every day. Happy journaling!
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