If I fall, will my Apple Watch catch me?

The teacher’s schedule is admirable in many ways. The school day is technically over at 3:45 p.m., at least by our union contract. I don’t know many teachers who make it out of the building on the dot every day. I seldom do, but I’m not a veteran yet. We get nice breaks around theContinue reading “If I fall, will my Apple Watch catch me?”

When the pain doesn’t go away

If the opioid crisis has taught us anything as humans — and there is no guarantee that it has — it’s that we need to manage pain rather than try to eliminate it. I have osteoarthritis in both my knees. I tore the meniscus in my left knee more than a year ago. I’ve notContinue reading “When the pain doesn’t go away”

Emergency room visit: Signs vacation started poorly

Pain exploded in my left knee. I avoided a full collapse to the floor, but I cried out in agony. The incident’s timing was terrible. My best friend Paul was flying in from Memphis. He’d land shortly after midnight at the Des Moines airport. I had decided to tidy up the apartment, organize the stacksContinue reading “Emergency room visit: Signs vacation started poorly”