25 Feb

Bolts at Boarding

Posted by on February 25, 2008 at 5:05 am

Jason and I went snowboarding at Brighton today with Jeremy Sabin, Aaron Blakely, and Dave Oertli. The weather was supposed to be nice and we laughed when we saw the lights flashing at the entrance to Big Cottonwood Canyon signifying that weather conditions were bad and 4-wheel drive or chains were required. The roads were dry and the sky was not threatening so we couldn’t understand how the 1 inch of snow that the canyon had got overnight justified this warning.

The Brothers Sabin

The Brothers Sabin

But by the time we got near the resort, at the top of the canyon, we realized why these lights had been turned on. The roads went from completely dry to snow covered almost instantly. But of course that didn’t stop us. We boarded and enjoyed ourselves despite the horrendous gusts of wind. It wasn’t until around 2:30 in the afternoon that the weather finally halted our plans. It started thundering and lightning all around us. So the lifts closed down and we boarded down the mountain as quickly as possible. Being the highest point on a run when you are strapped to a metal containing board is not the best idea during a lightning storm.

The Boys

The Boys

The snow was really coming down by the time we left Brighton and the drive down the canyon took nearly 2 hours. But it was still worth it for a good day of boarding.

Aaron was nice enough to assist me today in my quest to become a better toe carver. With his help I improved my mad skills. I am excited to go boarding again and give toe carving another try, hopefully my ankle will cooperate.

Thanks Aaron for your patience!

Squinting in the Stabbing Snow

Squinting in the Stabbing Snow

21 Feb

What’s with that ankle?

Posted by on February 21, 2008 at 3:12 am

Are you all dying to know what is wrong with my ankle? The answer is probably negative. But for the few who are curious here’s what I found out from my MRI:

One of my Peroneal tendons is torn. The Peroneal tendons are located behind the outer ankle bone and help stabilize and protect the foot and ankle. In my case it is the longer of the two tendons that is injured. The doctor seemed quite surprised that I had been participating in sports and physical activities over the last seven years with this injury. He obviously has had no experience dealing with the stubbornness of a Nelson. Nelson’s don’t let a little thing like a tear in a tendon stop them from playing soccer, running, snowboarding, mountain biking, or basically anything they feel like doing.

Peroneal Tendons

Peroneal Tendons

The MRI also showed a possible lesion in my ankle cartilage. The radiologist’s buy furosemide 20 mg online report was incomplete however so my doctor needs to gather further information before he will be able to assess if there is a lesion. He’s going to get back to me on that one.

So now what? Intensive physical therapy is the first step in making my ankle happy again. Hopefully, after six weeks of therapy my ankle will be good as new. If not, I may have to look into more invasive options. I have faith though in the toughness of my body, so I think physical therapy will do the trick.

The really hard thing now is that I am supposed to stay off my ankle as much as possible and avoid aggravating it while it is in the healing process. This is tricky for me because I don’t do sedentary. Hopefully my ankle heals before I become legally insane from sitting around too much.

20 Feb

My MRI Memoirs

Posted by on February 20, 2008 at 5:11 am

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a popular method used to image the soft tissues of the body. It works by creating a strong magnetic field instead of using ionizing radiation like an x-ray machine does. An MRI machine usually has a long slender tube that the patient has to lie perfectly still in for 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of test being done. As you can imagine this is prone to make those with claustrophobic tendencies, such as myself, a little crazy and often these patients have to be sedated.

Classic MRI Machine

Classic MRI Machine

I had my first experience with one of these machines this week. My ankle has been “chronically sprained” for seven years now. I sprained it playing soccer the spring before Jason and I got married and it has never been the same. I went to a doctor a couple years after this mishap, due to my ankle’s refusal to behave normally, but the doctor diagnosed it as a chronic sprain and said there was very little that could be done about it besides wearing an ankle brace.

Since I have had to tolerate the swelling and pain of this injury for years now, Jason convinced me that it was time to get a second opinion. I went to an orthopedic doctor that specializes in chronic injuries and he was very helpful. He has already come up with several ideas as to cause, and options for treatment. To help him correctly diagnose what is going on with my ankle he recommended getting an MRI.

Altaire MRI Machine

Altaire MRI Machine

Thankfully, the MRI machine I used was an Altaire®. It had a more open design that was friendlier to the claustrophobic prone. I was also grateful that I didn’t have to wear one of those open-back hospital gowns; I got to wear scrubs instead. Who wants to be stuck in a machine for over half an hour with a breeze blowing up their backside?

However, it was much harder to lie perfectly still than one might imagine-and much more uncomfortable. Nothing makes you want to twitch more than knowing that you can’t. But now it’s all done and hopefully it will give my doctor some useful information.

17 Feb

Ode to Log Haven…and Jason

Posted by on February 17, 2008 at 11:05 pm

For our romantic Valentine’s Day evening together I took Jason up to Log Haven, a restaurant at the top of Mill Creek Canyon. I had never heard of Log Haven before but I wanted to go somewhere new and after doing some internet research I found that Log Haven got outstanding reviews and had won numerous awards. So I decided to give it a shot.

It turned out to be an excellent choice. The building was inviting and warm with multiple large fireplaces and a cabin like interior. I immediately noticed that the whole place smelled strongly of unusual cheeses. The food was great! It was very flavorful, and after going to La Caille last week, the mere $30 we paid per entre seemed like a bargain.

Jas with a pretty rose

Jas with a pretty rose

The company was also excellent! So many people have told me that they have nothing to talk about when they go out with their spouse. That it’s boring. That is definitely not the case with me and Jason. We laughed and blabbed all through dinner and had a wonderful evening.

Which I suppose brings me to the final point of this entry. Valentine’s Day is a good time to remember that special someone in your life. In keeping with that tradition I think it is appropriate for me to publicly embarrass my husband. He’s awesome! That boy would do anything for me; he’s a very selfless husband. And to top it off he’s smart, funny, charismatic, and oh so hot! After nearly seven years of marriage I am still absolutely thrilled to share my life with him. I’m a lucky girl!

So here’s to the perfect Valentine’s Day evening with the perfect guy!

10 Feb

Romance and Snow

Posted by on February 10, 2008 at 7:31 pm

It’s that time of year again: the time when guys stress about how to pretend to be thoughtful and romantic.

Jas up close and personal

Jas up close and personal

Yes, Valentine’s Day is next week. Jason and I generally do some sort of double-date or group activity the Saturday before or after Valentine’s Day and have our own romantic evening on the actual holiday. This year it was my turn to plan all our Valentine’s Day activities. I invited the Rowley’s to join us for our Saturday double-date.

Jas and Rae

Jas and Rae

We went cross-country skiing at Soldier’s Hollow. It was a perfect day for this outing.

Amber and Jeremy

Amber and Jeremy

None of us had any real experience cross-country skiing but for some reason the boys decided that it was a good idea to try a black diamond trail called the Roller Coaster. As you can imagine from the name, this trail was one steep hill after another.

Jason kicks butt!

Jason kicks butt!

Cross-country skis turned out to be quite different than normal skis to control so trying to stop and turn was a challenge, especially on this crazy trail. But we had fun despite the inevitable falls and crashes.

Amber, Rae, and Jeremy

Amber, Rae, and Jeremy

After our cross-country adventure we went to our respective homes to take showers and gussy up. And then we headed to La Caille. La Caille is the French restaurant in Sandy probably known best for its expensive prices and gorgeous grounds. We had heard mixed reviews from people regarding this restaurant but since none of us had ever been there we wanted to give it a try. The grounds were extensive and looked like they would be spectacular in the summer. The building itself was like a chateau. It was unique, romantic, and interesting. I found myself staring at different details in the room throughout dinner.

Yummy!

Yummy!

The food was well presented. The appetizers and desserts we had were amazing. However, my main course was a little disappointing. It was good, but not as good as you would expect when you are paying $60 for it. However, Jason’s main course, venison, was tender and delicious. So I guess you really need to choose what you order wisely at La Caille and take recommendations from the waiting staff.

La Caille was a fun experience and I would recommend it for a special occasion romantic meal. If you do go, plan on being there all evening-it’s more like an event than a meal.