Friday

Winter Snow in NYC

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Winter snow in NYC turns the city into a beautiful wonderland!

Most people don't think of a big city as winter snow wonderland, but I beg to differ. We live in lower Manhattan, just southeast of City Hall Park. Every day I have the option of walking by the East River, the Hudson River, and through City Hall Park, each of which remind me of places outside of the city.

Further up, of course, is the beautiful Central Park, but that is pretty far from us and not a place we can visit every day. Our dog, Smiley, loves to be near the water (she is from Turks and Caicos, after all), so this location is perfect for all of us.

When the snow started Thursday night, I was teaching at Real Pilates. It was heavy snow when I left around 8:15pm to walk home. The park was open and all the lights were on at City Hall, since Mayor De Blasio had just been sworn in the day before. Here are a couple of photos:

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On Friday morning, my first Pilates client started at 7am (all my clients live downtown, so I saw five in a row yesterday morning), so I walked over to Tribeca around 6:30am. City Hall Park was closed (the city schools and government were closed), so I walked around the quiet park. So few people were out and the snow was still clean, white, and fluffy. This is the park at Hudson and Chambers:

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Just lovely! I love the city in the quiet of early morning, and yesterday the snow was perfect.

How was your snow day?

My Exogen 4000 Bone Stimulator

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I have my new Exogen 4000 bone growth stimulator.

When I saw the podiatrist and received the bad news that my crushed toe was not knitting back together, I was really depressed. After all, I make my living and get some of my sanity from pilates and exercise, neither of which are fully available for me in this condition.

After relegating me to 5 more boot weeks (now only 3 as of tomorrow!), he prescribed an Exogen Bone Growth Stimulator device for me to use daily for 20 minutes.

His office had the Exogen rep contact me after talking to my insurance company. The cash rate was less than my co-pay plus deductible on Durable Medical Equipment, and is billable with no interest.

Basically, this device delivers a specific frequency of ultrasound waves that offers enough 'impact' to the bone pieces to stimulate healing and knitting. While using the device doesn't hurt at all, my toe is hurting more since I started with the Exogen last Friday. Not bone pain, but nerve stuff, which makes me think something is happening there!

This device has helped many people avoid surgery and get on with their lives. I can't wait until my next x-ray 8/30. And I seriously can't wait to move my ankle! Foot cramps. Can't move foot. Need I say more?

My next post will discuss the chinese medicine herbal formula that I have added on the advice of my awesome acupuncturist Craig.

Have you had any broken bones? Have you used the Exogen 4000 or another bone stimulator? What was your experience? Leave a comment and let me know!