L Anderson

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So many great suggestions for managing the pain.

Preventing the pain? Like many others  I have bought every shoe and inset I could find. I finally (duh) asked my doc to send me to a podriatist, it hurt so bad. She asked me to describe it, then said “we’re taking care of that here...a podiatrist will just give you a shot.” Knowing how much the shot itself would hurt, I tried it her way. Hamstring stretching. Simple as that. The scarf exercise described in a earlier post. The wall exercise (easy to google). Toe touches (gently).  I like the toe touches because I can do them whenever I think of it without having to arrange myself.

After a couple of weeks I could walk to the kitchen with no pain.  If I get lazy with the stretching the pain will begin to return. Often I can cut it off early, with my leg on an ottoman (eg reading or tv position), and with my leg straight, flexing my foot with my toes toward my nose as hard as I can. Hold, release, repeat, until I’m sick of it.  I’m pretty close to normal now (in the foot department, that is).

Shoes are not wasted, however. Even though the good shoes didn’t solve my pain problem, the are essential for maintaining the good results of all that stretching. If I try to wear the wrong shoes, it all comes right back.  For me, strong arch support for my crazy high arches is a must.  I’ve found that Dr Scholl’s $12 3/4 length high arch insoles turn most any footwear into heaven on earth. I even put them in my slippers.  Of course I didn’t try those until I spent my mortgage money on the “proven” shoes and soles. Tip: the men’s seem to work better than the women’s.

I hope you find the combo that works for you. The pain is unbelievable. And when you don’t want to walk, life-limiting. And from personal experience, fattening. And depressing.  

I do agree with the notion that really hard floors, like concrete, can exacerbate it, especially if standing a lit (rather than walking). I always find walking outside on unpaved surfaces easier on my feet, though not on my speed or balance; to me, a minor sacrifice for all the good.
15 hours ago

Jane Mulberry wrote:

Jennifer, if you're living with or supporting someone with PTSD, all I have to add to what the others said is this - make self-care a focus. Don't let the other person's issues run your life. It isn't selfish to want time out, to need respite, to set healthy boundaries, and to recognize that you can't be the other person's therapist. You can be a friend, a lover, someone to help them feel seen, someone to remind them of their true value and worth, separate from whatever happened to them. But you can't heal them, and it's not your job to, even though they may think it is and you may think it is. All you can do is love them and love yourself too, and that's the most important job there is.
. <3

Thank you for this.
16 hours ago
PS glad to learn of the peppermint oil! I hadn’t heard that one. Going to try it.
16 hours ago
Please, please pardon me.  I really am not being snarky or nit-picking.
The recommendations on this thread are very good. But please keep in mind that they treat the symptoms. They do not treat the disease.
For examp,e, I have allergy-induced asthma (likely due to the 15 years I spent living in the southern San Joaquin valley in CA).  Some of the suggestions posted here help me to manage symptoms.  Must they do not treat the disease. I wish they did!

Why do I write about distinctions like these? I know it’s tedious and boring. But I unfortunately have known people who thought they could self treat a disease or condition.  Their evidence was that their chosen treatment made them feel better.  In the meantime the disease itself progressed until the disease itself was no longer treatable.

I also know that most everyone, including those on this thread, know the difference.  I just try to be really careful with my language no matter my audience because it’s important.

I am a big fan of treating symptoms. I am a bigger fan of doing so using natural (non-toxic) methods.  But being conscious of whether or not I am also treating a disease is another story.

Of course with some diseases the point is moot.  I have Multiple Sclerosis. Case in point. I have an arsenal  of methods for treating symptoms. But there is as yet no way to treat the disease, natural or otherwise.
On the other hand, I have also had breast cancer.  Again, an arsenal of methods for treating symptoms.  But none would have treated the disease. For that I relied on my doctors. I am 7 years free and healthy.

Dang. The one or two line post has turned into s soapbox. I guess my best treatment for MS fatigue has started working (side effect: soap boxing behavior). I better shut up and go outside now.
16 hours ago
I plant radishes in my squash hills and across the areas where the vines will travel. Never pull them out — let them flower and go to seed, etc. I never have squash bug problems.
2 weeks ago
Has anyone used gourds to store leftovers in the refrigerator? Or any other thoughts on diy refrigerator containers? Since I’m a long time canner, I always have jars around for storing stuff, but they’re  no good for stuff like leftover lasagna and such.
2 weeks ago
Sounds like a balance issue to me, too. Also make sure that it’s not warped. Also, oil the heck out of it. If it’s been sitting around I’m sure the wood is very thirsty. A 30 weight motor oil is a good oil for wood wheels.
1 month ago
If you have straight hair, you might try spinning from the fold:

Take a “lock” of hair, however harvested, and bend it over your finger.   Spin from the top of your finger (the halfway point of your “lock”).

This approximates a woolen spin. It might help with the slippery factor. This is a common way to spin long wools. If you want to make twine, put in a lot of twist to make it strong. Way more twist than you would use with wool. This will also help to mitigate the slipping. When you ply, if you want to make it strong, try a cable ply.  To do that, first do a two ply with lots of ply twist. Make 2 lengths of two ply ‘yarn.’  Then, ply the two lengths together.

Google spinning from the fold and you will probably find some videos to help you.

Human hair will never make good yarn. But twine .... I’m gonna have to experiment!  Too bad I have a pandemic haircut. But my brother has long hair ..,..

Pretty good spinner. So much fiber, so little time.
1 month ago
I struggled with dry skin/lips well into my 30’s.  Dermatologists were no help. What I finally learned: avoid mineral oil, Vaseline, petrolatum ... all related ingredients. Yo7 would be surprised how ubiquitous thos3 ingredients are in lotions, including those ‘recommended by doctors’ (such as eucerin), and even in high $$ products. Once I learned to read ingredient labels, my skin dry problems were greatly reduced. I often make my own lotions (lots of recipes online of in libraries), but there are products without the bad stuff in all price ranges for when I’m lazy.

Not everyone is sensitive to mineral oil and petrolatum, and given how common lotions are that contain them, maybe most people to,erase them well. But if you have problems with dryness that hydration and lotions aren’t helping, try eliminating those ingredients.

I have tried straight o,I e oil and straight coconut oil. They work for me in the short run, but aren’t good long term solutions for me.

Experiment, making note if ingredients that don’t work  for you.  
1 month ago
When I lived in Bakersfield, CA, I had two work buddies who each had several pomegranates in their yards. I held an annual jelly party and they would bring boxes of their pomegranates, and any interested others would bring their labor.

One guy pruned his religiously and had 5 of 6 nice trees. The branches eww sturdy enough to prop a ladder against. His fruit was really big.
The other guy left his plants bushy. His fruit was a lot smaller.

Both ended up with lots and lots of fruit.
That’s the extent of what I know.  

Oh yeah — a year or to before moving to a gentler place I planted a pomegranate (1 gal size from a nursery). The next summer I already had 3 poms.

I’m thinking they like their summers dry..
2 months ago