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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-12 15:01
Subject: It doesn't look like much...
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Music:Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound: Ne'Er Do Wells
Tags:gardening, rl, scrapbooking, tmi
but boy oh boy does it hurt.





This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/359526.html.
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maddiec24
User: maddiec24
Date: 2012-06-12 19:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OMG! Take care of yourself, sweetie.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-12 19:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, that was fast! I hit reload and your comment was here already.

This wouldn't bug me so much if it the underwire on my bra wasn't immediately above the darn wound. Every time I move my upper body (or bend over) I'm given a reminder as to why movement is a bad idea. And for the record, I got the wound while wearing a sports bra so there wasn't anything other than skin, sweat, and soft cotton cloth involved in the original injury. I'm still trying to figure out why the injury isn't symmetrical. The left side is far worse than the right.
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Jenn
User: jennlk
Date: 2012-06-15 03:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cotton is really bad in situations like that -- it holds the moisture against your skin, and *sticks*, unless you've got one that wicks the moisture away. And when it soaks throught, it sticks on both sides.

WRT the asymmetry, you were probably pulling more to your left than to your right -- and, of course, you're probably not symmetrical (my PTs tell me that very very few people are symmetrical, and women's upper bodies less so).
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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2012-06-12 19:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ow! That looks painful. Much sympathy!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-12 20:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It only hurts when I move. :-D
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-12 20:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It just hurts. No itching. The real problem is that the bare areas are still oozing plasma. I'd be better off if the whole thing just scabbed over.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-13 16:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, me too. 'though I'd rather use it on getting my flisties jobs they love and that pay well. Not to mention cures for more life-threatening or life-impinging problems. In the great scheme of things, my ribs are a minor annoyance. Though I do appreciate your well wishes -- no desire to minimize that!
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User: wadjet_theperv
Date: 2012-06-12 19:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeowchee!! *hugsyougently* Feel better soon sweetie!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-12 20:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As long as I don't move or bend over, it doesn't hurt. So most of the time I feel fine and I'd like to go to Nia. It's just that I know that if I do go, the wound will enlarge. Which might be worth if it doing so would guarantee the darn thing scabs over. Unfortunately, my mama told me there are no guarantees in life.

*hugs back*
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lolabobs
User: lolabobs
Date: 2012-06-12 20:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ouch! That looks sore, I hope the garden appreciates your hard work!, I'd smother that in vaseline, but then, I've been brainwashed to use vaseline for every ailment!
I hope you heal soon x
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-13 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My skin does not like oil or grease, so I suspect I'd end up with both burns made by abrasion and break out with acne.

Perhaps oddly, my immediate association with "use vaseline" is something I saw on one of the true crime channels about prison life that featured some young woman who slathers herself with vaseline before fights. She said it protects her skin or prevents scarring or somesuch. I can't think of the last time I used vaseline nor can I recall why I used any. I know we used to have small jar, but the details are not currently accessible. I do know that in the home remedy department, my family relied a whole lot more of Vick's VaporRub. I still love the smell (although I may be a minority there as well).
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redblack32: sorry
User: redblack32
Date: 2012-06-12 21:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sorry
That looks so sore. I use Calmoseptine Ointment under my breasts and any other spots in danger of abrasion when I sweat during the summer. It's safe even if the skin is open and it aids healing. Hope you feel better soon.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-13 16:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've never heard of Calmoseptine. I had to google to see if was the same thing as Calamine Lotion. It isn't, but the do both contain calamine. Wikipedia informs me that "Calamine is a mixture of zinc oxide (ZnO) with about 0.5% ferric oxide (Fe2O3)." Huh. It's true, I do learn something new every day.

I also think I'm going to the Walgreens near my house tonight since the Walgreens website indicates they have (or should have) some in stock. Who knows, Calamine is supposed to be a mild antiseptic, so maybe it will even clear up the skin on the underside of my breasts. I wonder if all well-endowed women have problems with acne there. A few years ago the mammographer said I should try oil of primrose. I never got around to trying and until a few seconds ago I thought the application was topical. Turns out it's an oral medicine, sometimes used for PMS, eczema, and it may be useful for rheumatoid arthritis and breast pain. Wiki also tells me that the plant, the Evening Primrose is native to North America. I should find out whether it is native to my area and if so, try to grow some. Not for medical use, just because I love native plants and the flower's kinda cute.
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redblack32: candy wheel
User: redblack32
Date: 2012-06-13 19:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:candy wheel
I think all women have some irritation under the breasts when it's humid. This is the best thing I've found to protect the skin.
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WPAdmirer
User: wpadmirer
Date: 2012-06-12 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OW!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-13 17:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And you should see it today, it looks even worse! I'm taking redblack32's advice and going to try Calmoseptine.
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-06-12 23:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, no! OW. I hope it heals soon. You poor thing!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-13 17:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope it heals soon too, I really need to get back to going to Nia regularly. Finding out I'm diabetic really threw me off my stride. I sulked for a month and skipped class while brooding about the future. (I'm better now.)

One sorta funny thing is that I worked on the yard nonstop for eight hours, pausing just long enough to drink water and/or lemonade, and I did sit down long enough to eat a bowl of four-bean salad and down a can of V-8, but jebra crapped out on my after two or three hours. To give him credit, he had the more difficult job of cutting down the mulberry tree and pruning out the elderberry bushes. The tree reached the top of power lines and the stump was about 7 inches in diameter, so this was no puny little thing. My job, besides incidental weeding, was to haul the cut branches to the driveway and then run them through the chipper/shredder. Anyway, the sorta funny part was jebra expressing his amazement that I could just keep working away like I did as he was exhausted by the first few hours of labor. Then he remembered that one of mutual RL friends called me a little bison (because I just put my head down and shove against the rock until it moves). I can't disagree with Jean's assessment; that is exactly what I do.

But enough about me, how are you doing? I hope your healing quickly and without pain.
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-06-13 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I didn't know you just found out you were diabetic. Did you at least get the initial huge weight loss benefit? *g* Good girl, staying hydrated during the yard work. Just do make sure you check your blood sugar and eat. Especially if you're on any meds other than Metformin/glucophage. All of the others can result in low blood sugars. One doctor told me, very seriously: The highs kill you slowly, but the lows kill you quickly.

In fact, I was just trying to decide if I wanted to break down and use the $30 in Amazon GCs that I was carefully saving (I earn them $5 at a time through Swagbucks) for a filing cabinet/side table I desperately need, for a watch with a countdown timer. That would keep me from inadvertently delaying meals and crashing when I get engrossed in what I'm doing. Such a difficult decision! It's taken months to save up those GCs. Aagh.

Saw the ortho surgeon yesterday--he says another 4-6 wks, probably, for the leg to heal fully.

I am so envious that you could power through a big job like that; yard work is strenuous. I miss the days when I had that kind of strength/stamina. I'm impressed!

What's Nia?
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-13 20:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, the diabetic thing is recent. My mom told me all the women in our family turn 40 and diabetic at the same time, so I figure I did pretty good lasting an additional dozen years. As for weight loss, I should be so lucky! I'm holding steady at around 250 pounds. The only treatment I've had so far is starting metformin (one pill per day). I'm supposed to meet with my family practice's nutritionist, but I've had trouble scheduling one as our calendars do not have many open slots in common.

Is there a particular watch you want? I take it you don't have a smart phone, as that's what I use for timers & appointments & the like. I've been very surprised by the usefulness of smart phones. I was a slow adopter when it came to carrying a mobile phone since I don't enjoy talking on the phone and I never felt the need to be in constant conversation, but I find I use my phone for just about everything -- in a pinch I can post to LJ/DW, I can check my calendar, look up phone numbers and addresses, use it as a GPS, it even has a (knitting) stitch counter that works better than any other method I've tried. I know you're on a fixed income, so perhaps a cell phone is out of your reach?

Also, any hope of finding the watch for less on ebay than on Amazon?
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-06-13 21:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's much harder to get low blood sugar when you're only on one Metformin a day. They must have diagnosed your diabetes quickly--most people find out because of unexplained huge weight losses. Whenever I'm not getting medical care/meds, I drop 50-70 pounds in the space of about a year; when I'm on meds, I gain that amount back even more quickly. (It all has to do with the starvation/then eating factor. Diabetes, untreated, basically starves your cells of sugar, dumping it all into your blood without the insulin to use the sugars from what you eat properly. So your body starts using up its fat stores to live. Once ypou get meds, the body goes into hyper-protective mode and stays there: hoarding calories.) However, if you never lost the weight from your diabetes being untreated for a long time, you shouldn't have the same problem with the meds. I hope you get a good nutritionist; some of them ae hopeless. Do try to eat (or drink supplements of) as much fiber as you can--it's very important for diabetics. And (ugh) water--water is important, too.

One thing I didn't know for years: if your blood sugar does go below 80 (or low enough that you're feling wobbly or faint), drink juice or soda, or only eat foods that are pure sugar, about 1 carb's worth (15g): no fat, no protein, for 15-20 mins, check your blood again. If it's at 80-120, you're okay to eat a regular meal or snack then. But fats/proteins slow the absorption of the glucose, which is not what you want when your blood sugar is low.

Ack--sorry to bore you with this! :-)

No, I don't have a smartphone. Monthly (even pay-as-you-go) cell phone service is out of my reach. I have a decent little Samsung slider QWERTY phone from Net10 that Suzan got for me to use for my trip last November, but I can't afford to keep that in service except for a trip. I love to talk on the phone...but not on cellphones. I want to hear my friends clearly, not be saying "huh?" every five seconds. *g*

Ebay might have watch I'd want at a good price, but sadly they don't take Amazon.com GCs. ;-) Otherwise, I might consider them. It's where I got my teeny portable HD this past winter. But I had a few $$ on hand then from my tax return.

I'm still cogitating on the issue; currently I'm debating between http://tinyurl.com/76urqsz and http://tinyurl.com/6nwa7xx. It's mostly looks, the rubbery plastic wristband vs. cloth (breathability); both have all the other features I want/need. I prefer the total look of the pale blue one...but the medium blue one has the cloth wristband. So I'm dithering. I might stick them both on my Wishlist so that I can dither at my leisure. *g*
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-14 18:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the drive home last I was thinking about our conversation and realized I'd never answered the part about Nia. It's a fitness thing, sorta like Zumba but with much different music and it's supposedly a fusion of seven of "the Healing Arts" -- yoga, tai chi, the alexander technique, modern dance (and I forget what else). More info can be found on Nia's website http://www.nianow.com. For the most part I enjoy the classes and I am noticeably stronger than I was when I started, but the new-agey focus on Chakras and setting intentions and the like drive me up the wall. And I know the teachers repeat the things they've been taught whether or not there is a factual basis for them (reflexology, Reiki, spiritual connections between movements and emotions, etc., etc.). As a former subscriber to Skeptical Inquirer magazine, I'm skeptical of much of what I hear in class, but I don't have the scientific and/or medical background to know exactly what's hoohaw and what isn't. I think I'd be happier if the teach just helped me figure out how to get my body to make the moves she wants and not mention Chakras.

No worries about boring me, you aren't. My husband has been diabetic for over ten years but I don't really know much about the disease. And it isn't as if I cook -- it'll be interesting to see what the Nutritionist thinks as if left to my self, I'll happily eat boxed cereal for breakfast, fast food at work at lunch, and peanut-butter
filled pretzels for dinner every night. I don't mind drinking water; I think I go through between a half gallon and full gallon each day. I also have two or three cups of black coffee I have in the morning on work days (black tea on the weekends), and one or two cans of regular soft drinks each month. So pretty much, water's my buddy. I think diet sodas will kill you and after reading up on corn sweeteners, I'm starting to feel the same way about them.

I looked at both watches and I see why you're having trouble deciding. The reviews for both make either one look like an excellent choice.
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-06-14 21:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll look at the Nia website, thank you for the info! I do understand what you mean about skepticism (almost spelled that the BrEng way after writing Lewis for months! *g*); I'm very much a skeptic myself. I take all customer reviews with a grain of salt and find spiritual and religious claims to be hooey--I'm not a religious person at all. I don't think there are "chakras" or that a wafer of wheat turns into the body of a dead guy, or in a trinity of one God, or that we have spirit animals, or that there are magical healing powers in the horn of a narwhal. I like for stuff to have been proven by rigorous application of the scientific method.

Just change your breakfast cereal to a high-fiber one (if it isn't already), watch the sugar, and you're good with breakfast. (You should have only 4-5 carbs, max, per full meal, and only about 1 carb for snacks, equalling about 5-6 meals (3) and snacks (2-3) per day.) Fast food can be kinda bad. And pretzels with peanut butter--not enough nutrition, and possibly too many carbs, depending on the number of pretzels you'd eat. But those would be an acceptable snack. :-)

You are so much better than me at drinking water. I do like Diet Pepsi--been drinking it for decades--but I've cut back on it substantially the past few years. It possibly is bad for me. *rueful grin*

I'm still dithering about the watches. *g* I really do need something to remind me it's time to eat again, so that countdown timer option would be perfect. (It's on the cheaper watches, too,but lots of reviews said those had little buttons that were hard to push and hurt their fingers. Not good.) But oh, I really, really want this filing cabinet, too. It's functional, yet pretty. I'm an artist and I love interior design--I don't want something ugly. and this would fit the look I'm going for in my room. (It had a lot of good and detailed reviews at other websites.) Oh, the dilemma! :-)

Did you get Ep 4 of Lewis in the mail yet? I hope! I do have copies of 2-4 that can be played in a DVD player from someone, and of course I have the pro DVDs now, too, so if you want to borrow the fan-made ones, I'm happy to loan them out.

Ooh...must rip the pro eps to my hard drive as backup....
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alpaca princess
User: renniekins
Date: 2012-06-13 03:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
owie... who knew gardening was so dangerous?
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-06-13 17:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Clearly you have never worked in my garden with me. It's rare for me to escape unscathed. Although usually my wounds are minor; scrapes, minor puncture wounds from rose thorns, stuff like that. :-)
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