chronic illness, Favorite Vegan Things

Super Blue Blood…Sunset? And CRPS.

This was the view from my bathroom tonight, January 30th between 5:15-5:25pm, EST in North Eastern Pennsylvania. The evening of a Supermoon….which wasn’t that big. And the evening before a Blue Moon and Lunar Eclipse. I plan on waking myself up at 5:30am and watching the eclipse, if I can. I have a sneaking suspicion that some of our pine trees may be in the way. I’m not sure I’m up for bundling up and heading down the street a block to get the best view. I am guessing this, because my husband gets home about 6:30am, and has seen and taken some good lunar photographs from down the street.  I used to love to lay out and stargaze. I still do, but even in 3-4 decades, the lights have just gotten so bright at night that they white out the sky and stars. I used to have a telescope that I bought in middle school with my paper money. Who knows where it is. Probably in my storage unit. But the way our house sits, it’s just about impossible to set up a good “station” for stargazing. It is nice to see Orion and Leo start to stand up when my husband goes to work, this time of year. And now with exploring Gaia TV and Ancient Civilization authors and explorers like Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, John Anthony West, and Robert Schoch, I think of Egypt and the pyramids and sphynx just about every night. It’s very interesting stuff. I have loved archeology my whole life, and my aunt got me into Egyptian archeology. At one point, with marine rehab/biology on the back burner, I wanted to go do dinosaur digs and learn about the ancient world. Good times, good times. But my love of helping living animals reduce their pain was greater than the deceased ones.

Now onto tonight’s adventures of CRPS/RSD. The above is typical of what my big toe joint looks like in the past year. It used to be that my foot and lower leg, up to and including my knee would get more red than that and be on fire….like it was dipped in a vat of boiling hot oil. Or, it could be turning purple and red, with cement-white in it and feel like my bone marrow had been replaced with snowflakes and ice. But that subsided with the Sympathetic Trunk Nerve Blocks I had last April and October. Which is good. I do need to get on the ball and call the Pain Management Doc if he has heard from the Pain Psychologist about the Dorsal Root Ganglion Spinal Cord Stimulator psychological evaluation I had almost a month ago.

The picture of the products is what I use to combat some of the pain issues I have. The Fibro Cream from Topricin (I bought it at CVS). The Magnesium Oil I get on-line, from Swanson Vitamins. And the most amazing product for my Plantar Faciitis has been the Outback Pain Relief I get on Amazon. Then there is the fuzzy sock and toe separator to try to “train” my big toe to be straight after the bunionectomy, sesmoidectomy, and neuromaectomy this past October.  The Outback Pain Relief I started using last April, right before my first lumbar puncture. I’ve only waken up with the excruciating pain in my arches maybe 3 times since April. I can practically hop out of bed and walk now, instead of stretching my Achilles Tendons to walk  first. I would suggest trying these products for yourself. This is only my 2nd bottle of Outback. I didn’t need to use it for a while until last week with my horrible flare (see yesterday’s blog). I just bought the Fibro Cream two weeks ago. The magnesium oil I haven’t been using consistently. But applying it transdermally (through the skin) is easier for your body to absorb than taking a magnesium pill….and without the diarrhea side effects some people get from certain magnesium supplements (mainly magnesium citrate). Also these 3 products are vegan and holistic and/or homeopathic. But like anything in this world, can cause allergic reactions to some people under certain situations, so test on the inside of your elbow in a patch test for 24 hours before applying on larger areas. The magnesium oil can cause itching after it dries, and can be washed off after 20 minutes or so. I have not had any problems with these products, and my body can be a very reactive nightmare to some products.

So that is it for tonight, just another “fun” blog about my favorite things.

Take Care, Be As Well As Possible, and Until Next Time…

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