As I was telling my fabulous pal Patty (in our pool class tonight), after the next appointment, I may give up on those acupuncture treatments.  The results have been disappointing, and we can’t afford it.  Even with their sliding scale set-up.  Not really seeing any improvement in my wrist situation.

             What MAY be on the mend though (but not because of acupuncture) is my ankle/feet swelling.  Not that the edema is gone, it is absolutely not.  The good news is that I may have found a way of controlling it.  Well.  Emma did.  I just took her advice.

             Way, way back, when I first began my stomping around in the neighborhood, a beautiful friend recommended some socks that had treated her feet well.  I purchased a tester pair.  Then, those worked so well, I bought some more.  She was right, they were WONDERFUL.

             For months now, my Empress has been suggesting compression hosiery.  Yesterday, the testers of those arrived.  And I wore them around all night.  Of course I looked ridiculous, but Dan’s seen me in worse.  So that part was unimportant.

             Once I got the bastards on, I noticed an immediate SOMETHING.  By the end of the evening, as I took them off for bed, we could see that this had promise.  I’ll keep you posted.  Thank you Kari, and Em, for helping my painful hooves to feel much better.  If just for a short while.

             As I mentioned yesterday, this was our Monday morning.  So when I woke up (finally, after a few false starts) I knew what the day would hold.  With mixed emotions I left the bed.  Hearing this:

lead with your smile.

             As in, fake it ’til you make.  Give the world your best face, and if you continue to smile and act happy, it will begin to actually BE how you feel.

             It wasn’t until later though, that I got around to flipping our daily draw.  I knew though, before I left the bed, that we’d be heading towards this stack.

archangel cards, messages of intuition

“Brilliant Idea!

Archangel Uriel:

‘Yes, your idea is Divinely guided . . . .

please take action to bring your idea to fruition.’

Additional Message:

‘Your idea is an answered prayer.   Even though it may push you past your comfort zone . . . .

Ask for, and be willing to receive  all of the support that you need to bring the idea to fruition.  Know that I’ll be there all along the way, and you can ask me for help at any time.  I’m especially glad to give you ideas and creative insights to support your life’s purpose.’

Working with Archangel Uriel:

Uriel’s energy is pale yellow, like a candle’s glow.  Whenever you need ideas or intellectual guidance, contact Uriel.  His energy is aligned with the amber crystal.”

             Challenges spring up, and we get anxious.  That is when we need reminding the most that we created this life, we chose this body, and we carefully selected who was going to walk this path with us.  When we are handed a validation like this one, it’s such a gift!

             We get a clear and concise confirmation that what we’re doing is the RIGHT thing, where we’re going is the RIGHT way, and who we are surrounding ourselves with are the RIGHT folks.

             These messages are nothing but positive, and for that, I’m beyond grateful.

Today’s Deck:

Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Mileage:

could have been a more difficult ride than it was, I’m having some gear issues, and will need to take my bike in for a repair soon, but this afternoon I managed the quick 3.859 miles up to the pool and back in 23 minutes 28 seconds.  My pace (of 9.9 MPH) showed that all is not well on two wheels right now, though.

Yesterday’s Sharing:

is the map from Dan that wouldn’t send, which arrived after last night’s post went up.  You can see it HERE, finally.

LateNight Business:

is only to let you know that I’ve noticed more ads popping up.  Near the bottom of my posts.   That I did not authorize, and that I get nothing from.  It’s a WordPress prerogative.  Merely FYI.

5 thoughts on “Grin and Think It.

  1. That is so funny because I have been looking for compression hose for this very issue and finally decided I need to look online. Can’t wait to hear if they work for you.
    Sorry the acupuncture isn’t panning out.
    I can’t tell if your day was good or bad. Hope it was good.

    It was both. And slightly emotional, thank you.

    The company I went with is HERE, so far, I like them lots. But they look so terrible right now, because all I wear is shorts. When I drag out my long pants, no one will notice.

    Also, make sure you are ordering a PAIR. I know that seems like it would be a given, but it’s not. Some items are sold as singles. They have a really good sale happening now, use the coupon code, it helps.

    3:04 a.m.

  2. My mom found that compression hose helped her a lot. I hope they continue to work for you. Edema sucks.

    Bummer that your bike needs repair. But it seems to be a sturdy bike, so I’m sure all will be well.

    I went to acupuncture for a while for my plantar fasciitis and my vertigo. Didn’t help either at all. I’ve heard from some people about how much it helped them for this and that, and the acupuncturist assured me it would help. Perhaps some of them believe it will help everything, even if it doesn’t. Sorry it didn’t help your wrist. You may need to see a hand and wrist expert (which should be covered by insurance) or an occupational therapist (a kind of physical therapist, which again should be covered by health insurance). The OT I saw after I wrecked my hands laying a slate tile floor helped me a great deal using therapies that made my hands and wrists feel better, then moving into some simple exercises that helped me work up some strength in them again without pain. Just a thought.

    The regular docs suggestion for what I have is surgery. 😦

    11:08 p.m.

  3. If you guys need a bike mechanic, I know of a great one who runs a shop out of her house, and has real reasonable rates. Karyn has had a run of popped back tires on both her bike and mine that is pretty incredible. I will see if she’ll send me the two emails she sent out to her biking friend about them, and share them; it is pretty funny, in a tragic kinda way.

    I have pretty much full time edema in my ankles from the chemo treatments. It isn’t too bothersome, usually, for which I am grateful.

    E-mail me the info for your friend. I would rather go to a person we “know” than a shop (even though I love our local shops).

    11:09 p.m.

  4. I wear compression hose when I take the long flight to Australia. They have been a godsend. A few years back I’d arrive at my destination and have pitting edema in my ankle region. Now it doesn’t happen. : )

    That’s a great idea, we have to drive several hours on Sunday (I know, nothing compared to that flight) so I’ll be sure to wear them the entire time in the car.

    11:10 p.m.

  5. If it’s carpal tunnel in your wrist, it is possible it is from the way you sleep. My mom slept with her hand tucked under her chin and it gave her carpal tunnel. She now wears a wrist brace to sleep in and it cured it. Usually people get it from repetitive motion, like using a computer keyboard all day, but hers was from sleeping. Glad the hose are helping though!

    It is carpal tunnel. But it’s a combination of many reasons:
    long-tern cross-stitching,
    the on-going edema.

    And now, biking/water exercise with weights in my hands.

    11:13 p.m.

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