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New-ish runner here (started in May of last year). Everything was going well until last Sunday. After a run on the treadmill I noticed that the inner side of my left ankle was not feeling quite right. Behind the bone and if I touch the bone it is a bit tender. A small amount of swelling near the bone. No loss of range of motion, pain is pretty minimal but definitely feels like I hurt something. So now it's a week later - I have not run in a week and have been icing it every day at least once if not more. It feels a bit better than last Sun. but not much and still looks slightly swollen. Could this be a stress fracture? A sprain? I would think I would be in more pain - but why is it still a little swollen? I am bummed to not be running for 7 days counting now and am concerned this is going to take a while. I have a doctor's appt on Thurs. so I will have her check it out, but I would be very interested in any feedback from you guys in the meantime. FWIW I did increase my frequency of running in the days leading up to this injury - of course now I feel stupid as hell. Before that I had managed to be injury free from May 2012 on.

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Connect The Dots USA
To truly fix the cost challenges in Medicare and Medicaid requires fixing U.S. healthcare generally. Walter Cronkite aptly pointed out back in 1993, “America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” For lack of a plan, we have allowed a crazy, inefficient patchwork to evolve in which for-profit insurance companies cherry-pick out the youngest and healthiest customers; and then government is left scrambling to cover the most expensive risk pools and plug in the holes.

All other industrialized democracies when faced with challenges in their healthcare systems have found different ways to cover everybody while spending far less than we do and getting better overall results. In many ways, foreign healthcare models are not really “foreign” to America — we’ve actually blended versions of all the systems together into a costly, confusing, inefficient, bureaucratic “crazy quilt.”

For half the U.S. population — roughly 150 million Americans — who get their insurance through their jobs, we’re like Germany or Japan: Premiums are split between workers and employers, and private insurance plans pay private doctors and hospitals. 

For seniors over 65 and the disabled in original Medicare, we’re like Canada or Taiwan: Everyone pays taxes and/or premiums for an insurance plan run by the federal government, and the public insurance plan pays private doctors and hospitals according to a set fee schedule (also known as a single-payer system). Medicare Advantage (Part C) introduced a useless private insurance middleman into this system.

Similarly, for Medicaid and CHIP (the low-income children’s health program) where federal and state governments share the costs of insuring folks living below the poverty line. Contrary to right-wing mythology, the vast majority of people on Medicaid are children, have jobs, or are seniors in nursing homes who have "spent down" their assets to qualify for Medicaid (remember, Medicare does not cover long-term care).

For the 8 million military veterans getting care at the Veterans’ Administration (VA), we’re like Britain. It’s actually our VA system for the American troops that is one of the world’s purest examples of “socialized medicine”: VA hospitals are run by and VA doctors are employed by the federal government; funding is through general taxes. 

For the approx 14 million buying individual private insurance (like me), we’re like pre-1994 Switzerland without any leverage or protections from the greedy sharks at Big Insurance who cherry-pick healthy customers and
routinely deny claims to make huge profits off basic healthcare. 

And finally, for the 50 million without any insurance coverage (three-quarters of whom come from working families, by the way), we’re like Burundi or Burma: Your options are pay out of pocket and possibly go bankrupt, pray, stay sick, or die.

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Interesting article on a very controversial topic.

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I just started running this year for the first time ever, in May. Mostly ran outside, here in New England, in the country, in the hills. So proud of myself for sticking with it. It has been a learning process, physically and emotionally. I am sorry I only discovered this pursuit at 45, but better late than never.

Here are my stats for the year from Daily MIle:
Total miles: 296.05
Total time: 80.07 hours
Total pounds burned: 14
Total workouts: 133
TVs powered: 66.05
Gas saved: 15.58
Donuts burned: 271.51

I'm looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish in 2013!

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Interesting article on chemo brain

I have a question about bronchitis. I had it over Thanksgiving (end of Nov. for those of you not in the US). I stopped running for about 8-10 days. I am a new-ish runner, just started in May 2012 and was up to 4 miles when I got sick. Since returning to running I have really struggled. My breathing isn't great, I have to stop and walk a fair amount, and 2 miles is about all I can do. I've looked online but I can't find anything about how long it can take after bronchitis is over, to regain your fitness level. I'm wondering if this is normal. I feel like I am back to square one. It is extremely frustrating. Any thoughts appreciated. It seems worse when I am outside in the cold (20-35 degrees F here) but even on the treadmill, my breathing is not great. I am running slow, like 12-13 minute miles. And no, I have not coughed in weeks.

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