What I Am Most Passionate About-Part Two

Yes, I was a little wordy on part one. Just in case you did not have the time to read the entire post I thought I would sum it up with a few key points on why I am most passionate about MOVEMENT.

1. Find something you enjoy.Even though you may not first succeed at finding something you love that keeps you moving, keep trying. There are many different sports and activities, you are bound to find something you love at any age.

2. Have an open mind. If your son/daughter come home excited telling you they want to try out for something at school or with an organization, encourage them and keep an open mind. Just because it does not sound like something you would like does not mean they will not like it.

3.Expect some discomfort. It’s more rewarding to be sore from what you do than be sore from what you did not do.

4. Be a role model. Do not preach to your children to go outside and play when you sit on your laptop while watching television for hours a day. Kids learn from watching others.

5. Being a parent brings responsibility. Some may laugh at this statement but….as my husband says, I am a little spicy so I am just going to say it! You were ok when your heart rate was elevated conceiving your child, you will also be ok when you raise your heart rate playing with your child. Until they are old enough to do this themselves, it is your responsibility as a parent to keep them active and healthy.

6. Movement is cheap. Before running to the clinic for the newest greatest treatment, pill, cream, injection or therapy, try moving. It is much cheaper than seeking medical care for your aches and pains.

7. You are never to old to move. Nursing homes offer active time for their residents, why can’t you be active?

8. It is never too late. The damage is not done! I had someone tell me this once and I wanted to scream. Don’t ever think this is true, it is never too late!!!

****Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor of any kind. Everything I have told you here is basic knowledge. Something that we all know is true but we don’t like to hear.

If you have a medical condition or concern please clear anything you wish to try with your medical doctor before trying it.


Do you have something you are passionate about?



Every Parents Nightmare

You know that call that every parent dreads…. we received that call Sunday night from a friend of our son’s. It went like this,”Mrs. Byrnes, Quade has been in a skateboard accident and I brought him to the ER but they think he will be ok!”

It’s like your world is turned upside down in a few seconds. We dropped everything and headed out the door. Imaging the worse but going off those few last words of,”THEY THINK HE WILL BE OK.”

We arrived in the ER a few minutes after that call to find his buddy sitting in the exam room alone hanging his head and feeling like crap. Our son was taken to radiology before we arrived. I couldn’t help but think that these kids (young adults) all have learned a hard lesson on this night but we praised him for making the right choice and getting our son help as fast as he did. This was the one night he forgot to grab his helmet.

Shortly after arriving we were briefed by a nurse and shortly after that they returned him from radiology with a neck brace and visible signs of loss of blood from his head. He was thankfully medicated for the pain by that time and quite aware of everything around him.

To my surprise another one of his buddies also showed up and they all stayed and kept his mind on other things while the ER doctors and nurses did their thing to evaluate and treat his injuries.

In the end he left the ER a few hours later with some staples, a concussion, a broken clavicle, lots of road rash and bruises.


We left with a son that thankfully should make a full recovery in time. We will have a week or so of lots of bandage changing and doctor appointments but in the end we will also have the knowledge that he will not forget his helmet ever again.

We are also very thankful that he has a great group of friends that care for him. They were there the night it happened. And have been popping in to visit ever since.