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Living With Psoriasis

I’ve talked about this before, about two years ago. And not much has changed since. Circumstances have changed, and so has my approach.

Now that I live in Canada, the winters will be more difficult on me. I need to figure out a way to combat this in a better way. As soon as my knee is better, I’m going to try exercising more. What I find helps is sweat. If I sweat more, my psoriasis tends to improve. I’ll be using the local recreation centre whenever I can.

There have been some commercials on TV about a new medication for psoriasis, as well. However, I don’t want to take it. One of the side effects is a greater chance of infections and getting sick thanks to a suppressed immune system. With the job that I have, that would not work well.

I talked about all of this and more in a video. Take a look.

Any comments are definitely welcome. And if you have psoriasis, I’m always willing to talk about it and see if there are any tricks that work.

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Is It Easy to Restart Sports After Many Years?

The last time I rode a bicycle was in 2005. The last time I went swimming was in 1996. The last time I went skating was in 2011. The last time I went skiing was in 1993.

This week, I’m going swimming for the first time in twenty years. In 2010, I went skating for the first time in 17 years. I’m going to go skating later this year. But is it easy to get back into it?

When I went skating in 2010, I used rental skates in Japan, and I had a bit of a difficult time at first. My ankles weren’t as strong as they used to be. That or I was heavier than I used to be. Well, I skated for a couple hours, finding that I was getting back into it fairly easily, other than the muscle strain. A year later, I went skating again, and it was much easier. I wonder how it’ll be later this year when I teach my daughter to skate.

But this week, the pool at the local recreation centre is finally reopening after some construction/repairs. It’s been twenty years since I’ve gone swimming. I wonder how well I’ll do. When I swam, I was more interested in just having fun. But this time, I want to swim laps, as well as have fun. Thankfully, the pools are open for public swimming many hours every day of the week. I’m looking forward to it.

Have you returned to a sport after many years? How well did you do? Let me know in the comments below.

Exercise to Begin

When I lived in Japan, I did a lot of walking. I’d walk around fifteen kilometres at a time. From where we lived, there was a large variety of landscapes to explore. But here in Edmonton, it’s all city. Not much is different, though the neighbourhoods all have their own character. However, walking isn’t all the exercise I want to do.

Yesterday, we signed up for a membership at the local recreation centre. It has two swimming pools, a gym, fitness centre, two skating rinks, an indoor playground for kids, and a public library. The pool has been closed for a while, but is reopening on May 30th. That means I’m going swimming for the first time in years. And since we have an all facility pass, we can use anything we like in the rec centre. I’ll be swimming a lot. I’ll also use the fitness centre from time to time. But once I can buy some skates, as well as get my daughter a pair, I want to go skating often. My daughter is going to learn how to swim and skate this year. I’m going to get back into doing both.

What kind of exercise do you like to do?

Allergy Season Is Upon Us

Although it’s still late winter, the allergy season has already started in Japan. Pollen allergies are very common here, and I have become allergic to some pollen since coming to Japan.

The most common allergies to pollen in Japan are sugi (Cryptomeria japonica, or commonly and incorrectly called Japanese cedar) and hinoki (Japanese cypress). Thanks to an aggressive tree-planting scheme decades ago by the Japanese government, a huge number of sugi were planted all over the country. And because of this, the allergy has developed in a large number of Japanese (and some foreigners, like myself). My symptoms are pretty common: itchy mouth, itchy eyes, runny nose, and lots of sneezing.

Before I came to Japan, I had no known allergies. But I became sensitive to Cryptomeria pollen. But that’s not all I became allergic to. Now, fruit from the rose family affect me. I get an itchy mouth whenever I eat most fruits from that family. This includes apples, pears, apricots, peaches, and cherries. Interestingly enough, I’m not allergic to strawberries or raspberries. I don’t like plums, and I’ve never tried loquats, so I don’t know my reaction to those.

If the fruit are cooked or processed in any way, I have no trouble eating them. When I was a kid, I ate canned pears a lot, and I can still eat them that way.

Of course, as I was typing this, I had a severe sneeze attack. That was fun.

Anyone have seasonal pollen allergies?

It’s Dry Here

Look at my hand.

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Dry, isn’t it? It happens every winter here in Japan. It’s quite dry. It’s almost always sunny, and the air usually doesn’t get humid. My skin loves the hot and humid summers. But I dread the winters.

Washing my hands hurts. Getting my wallet out of my pocket hurts.  Thankfully, typing doesn’t hurt. But typing while using moisturiser isn’t the best for my keyboard.

Well, that’s about all I had to say. Looking forward to more humid weather.

What the Hell Happened to My Ankle?

Look at this.

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It’s huge! My right ankle is swollen. Why?

This morning, it was normal. I put on my shoes and went to work. At work, as the morning progressed, I felt a stiffness in my ankle. When I put my shoes on to get my lunch, I noticed the edge of my shoe was pushing into my ankle. I have new shoes, so I thought it was just the shape, and that it needs to be broken in. In the afternoon, I noticed that my ankle was much bigger than normal. It was tender, and there was (and still is) pain when I put pressure right on the ankle bone.

So, how did it happen? The past two weeks have involved a lot of walking, and it’s very possible that I tweaked it after our Mt. Oyama climb. In fact, the original injury could have happened while we were going down the mountain, since I remember twisting that ankle slightly. With more walking over the rest of the week, I probably aggravated it, and then with the new shoes putting pressure on my ankle, made it even worse. At least that’s my guess. I’ve been on my feet a lot, too.

I’ll have to see how it goes over the next couple days.  I’ll try stay off my feet as much as I can.

Just Saw a Man Taken Out of the Station on a Stretcher

Not what expected on a Sunday morning going to work. I was about to enter the station when I saw paramedics wheeling a man on a stretcher through the ticket gates.

He seemed a bit overweight, and his shirt had been removed. Heart problems? Heart attack? That’s what I’m guessing.

It’s really not what I want to see at any time.