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Is it Florida or is it Rhus Tox?

Here I sit in the Sunshine State, which is finally sunny after two very cloudy and windy days, and I realize that my scalp doesn’t hurt as much as it has in the past.

Hmmm…I took my first dose of Rhus tox (poison ivy) a week ago Monday and my second dose last night (sorry, Witchy Woman Mach II, I fell asleep Monday night before taking my second dose) and was way too busy getting ready to go away to pay any attention to how my head felt.  But after 5 days in Florida, I think it feels better.  But why?  Rhus tox?  Vacation?  Florida sun, I mean wind?

Guess I won’t know for sure until I get home.

It sort of makes sense in a weird, homeopathic kind of way that something that makes you itchy after full contact (poison ivy), could be used to deal with itch in a very low homeopathic dose.  After all, I take a copper derivative (copper can cause convulsions) to deal with my restless leg syndrome.

So, while I floss my ulna nerve, stretch and pull my toes, I will also hope that the Rhus tox really is the answer.

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Witchy Woman Mach II by Liz Saunders

What’s another name for Witchy Woman?  I need a moniker for Witchy Woman Mach II.  Madam Woo?  Helga Hufflepuff?

I thought my previous naturopath came up with some interesting ideas…take Indigo at dusk or dawn when the sky is indigo…but WW Mach II has a whole new level of weird for me.

On Thanksgiving Monday she wanted me to drop a poison ivy pellet into a glass of water, stir, then stick the spoon into an identical glass of water with no poison ivy and stir, then stick the spoon into a third identical glass of water and stir, stick the spoon into a fourth identical glass of water and stir, then into a 5th identical glass of water, stir, then take a few sips.

Seriously?  If that isn’t bizarre I don’t know what is.

So, Thanksgiving Monday, when my family would be home…  I said, “well…maybe not.  They might lock me in a closet, never to be seen again.  It will have to wait until Tuesday when no one can watch me”.  Didn’t happen this a.m.  Tomorrow maybe?

In the meantime, I need a new nickname for my naturopath (Witchy Woman’s been used).  All suggestions gratefully appreciated….Hermione?

Wish me luck or magic!

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Of course you don’t need a wheelchair! by Liz Saunders

I don’t need a wheelchair?  Are you kidding?  What else can go wrong?

No matter who I asked prior to my surgery “Am I going to need a wheelchair?” the answer was categorically “no”.   Clearly none of these people have had a total toe bi-lateral arthroplasty.  I was told I would need crutches to get home, so crutches I had.  But if you don’t have one stable foot to put down on the ground when you lose your balance, what good are crutches going to do I ask you?

It all started off so well.  First I was to be at the hospital at 6 a.m., then 8:30 a.m. (right as Jaden gets put on his bus so I actually got to the hospital at 8:36 a.m.).  I was told my operation was at 9:30 and got very excited…bad idea as they came for me at 11:15 a.m. (must have been an emergency arthroplasty ahead of me).

When the nurse was getting me ready she said “take your shoes off and put them in this bag, then take your clothes off and put them and the shoe bag in the other bag”.  I said “since I won’t need my shoes later, I was going to have my husband take them home because both feet will be in casts”.  Nope, I had to put them in the bag.  (I didn’t, I gave them to Joe to take home. )

Then as I was being sent back out to wait, I started bleeding out of my IV because it hadn’t been put in correctly.  Blood everywhere being forced out by the IV fluids.

Then the 2 hour wait.

After surgery, a nurse brought me juice and water but put it on table out of reach and didn’t tell me if I could have it or not.  Tease!  Then I got my clothes – YAY, the end was in sight.  Unfortunately, being a little groggy as I tried to insert my feet into underwear leg holes, both feet went into the same leg hole.  Extricating my left leg meant dislocating my cast – yup, it came right off with my knickers!  At least by then I was allowed to have my juice.

dislodged cast

That is the cast for my left foot sitting on the bed between my feet

So, new cast, trip to the bathroom to continue getting dressed and have a whiz, but the nurse left the wheelchair in the door and the door wide open!  Still, I learned to do “the girl thing” well years ago so I was all right.

Then the fun began.  Got home, got out of the car with my crutches…what was I thinking?  Got about 5 feet and realized I was going to do a face plant and that trying to walk was a seriously bad idea.  Borrowed a walker from a neighbor and ultimately found a wheelchair (thank you so much Sheila!!!) which I have been using since.

Off the painkillers last Monday, taking my homeopathics religiously and definitely on the mend, but boy will I have words with my surgeon who’s clearly never operated on his own toes!

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Witchy Woman strikes again! by Liz Saunders

This week, I went to see my surgeon at Toronto East General Hospital for my 4 week check up on my restructured wrist.   I didn’t really know what I expected; I had been told I would be in my splint for 3 months so figured this was just to make sure my hand was still attached and the right colour.

When Dr. D walked into the room and took a look at my hand and arm, her mouth dropped open and she stared!  So, not knowing what was going on in her mind, I wiggled all my fingers and bent my wrist forward and backward.

She continued to stare at me agape!  When she finally collected herself she exclaimed “you are so far ahead of any of your peers, it’s quite amazing!”.  I asked what she meant and she said “when did you have your surgery, December?  No one heals this fast!”.

You can hardly see the scar already!

You can hardly see the scar already!

I had to smile and give credit where credit is due, “My naturopath prescribed Arnica 200 ch starting the night before surgery and then Arnica and Ruta [graveolens] 200 ch alternating after the surgery.  That and rubbing castor oil on my arm since the cast came off”.Dr. D’s reaction?  “Whatever it takes.  It’s still amazing.  Oh and you only need to wear your splint from now on if you’re outside and there’s a chance of a slip/fall or if your arm gets tired and you need support.”  So much for 3 months in a splint!  Woot Woot!

Thank you Witchy Woman!  CCNM

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I’ve been instructed to be creative!

Where has the month gone?  I can’t believe I actually managed to type a blog back on January 5th, what with my hand still being really sore from surgery but I guess being pissed off helped.  Thanks to Witchy and some homeopathic remedies, I’m healing well and will be back into the blogging chair soon.

Since then, I’ve had a blog running around in my head about a company that displays customer service that is the antithesis of my recent bad experience with Pizza Pizza but have not written it yet as I’m trying not to strain my wrist more than I have to.

However, I saw my dear friend Witchy yesterday and my new instructions (aside from increase this dosage, keep doing the other, rub castor oil on your arm, etc.) include:  stop for a bit every day and either call a friend, write a blog or do something creative …well, I guess writing a blog can be creative but she meant draw a picture or do something artsy.

Well, I would love to pick up a pencil or piece of charcoal or conte and do just that, butluc studio-Entrance-150x150 I am intimidated.  I don’t have a problem using a pencil to try to draw an image of a person, but that’s not what Witchy wants.  She wants me to be expressive and uninhibited and boldly creative and I am, to quote the title of an art course at Luc Studio, a “terrified beginner”.   Therefore, starting in March, I am signed up for the course “Drawing & Painting for the Terrified Beginners“.

It’s funny that I’m so intimidated as I come up with creative solutions for my clients all the time, but pick up a piece of charcoal and apply to paper….shudder.  So for now, I will call a friend or write a blog …or possibly just journal and keep my thoughts to myself.

But as sooustamouseon as I feel able, you will receive my blog about Oust-a-Mouse and it’s incredible President, Jennifer Cambray.    I hope I emulate Jennifer’s level of customer service at The Virtual Alternative, but I’m not sure that’s even possible.  More on this soon, but for now, back to fixing a database.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homeopathics, Rx and Cuba – Who knew? by Liz Saunders

In preparation for our vacation, I made a trip to Riverdale Homeopathy on the Danforth to pick up some Calcarea Phorphoric.  This is the most amazing stuff that Witchy Woman suggested I take for pain relief for my arthritis.  The one thing I know about Florida is that while there’s a Dollartree, CVS, Publix, Walgreen or Winn Dixie on every corner, finding a purveyor of homeopathic remedies would be more difficult than finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

During the purchase, I said something to the young lady behind the counter about how Calc Phos is better than Tylenol 3 for my thumbs and out from a back room popped Ananda, proprietress of RH.  Turns out Ananda is putting together a documentary on the efficacy of homeopathics so we got into quite a discussion about them and my journey.

As she was very interested in what I’m doing, I mentioned that my naturopath (that’s you Witchy Woman) had specifically recommended Riverdale Homeopathy when I needed to purchase the B.C. and Ananda knew immediately that if WW was a student at CCNM, then she had to be a student of Dr. Ken L. or one other doctor.  She hit that nail squarely on the head as I see Dr. Ken every time I see WW.

When I mentioned that I was writing a blog about my B.C. experience, Ananda expressed some interest in reading it, so I gave her my The Virtual Alternative business card so she could check it out.  When we talked about what a VA could do, she mentioned that she knew of a pharmaceutical company in Cuba that might need a virtual assistant.  That’s when I told her I was also “Liz of iTMG” – one of my clients who happens to be her webmaster – and I was sure Jason would give me a reference.

So, who knows…pain relief, less itch…and a client in Cuba?

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An interesting month… by Liz Saunders

Where did the last month go?

Back at the beginning of September (I know, that was 2 months ago) I signed up a new virtual client, who was actually someone for whom I had worked as a subcontractor for a colleague, a few years ago.  Great fun, booking appointments, talking to lots of people on the phone; I am really enjoying this client.

In the meantime, another potential client has firmed up, their email is set up, I’m ready to go but haven’t heard what the client wants from me yet.  Hope they decide soon as in two weeks I’ll be winging my way to Florida and a Caribbean cruise.  Thank goodness I have my own assistant to leave the business with (I practice what I preach).

On top of that, the client for whom I do minutes of meetings has had one meeting a week since the beginning of September (I know, I know, that was 2 months ago).  So all in all, I’ve been very busy.

Almost too busy to notice what’s been happening since taking the B.C. (now that was a month ago – September 27th to be exact – although it feels like 2 months).  Since then, I’ve been writing blogs (as you’ve seen) but I have also kept notes on my calendar so that I can keep my naturopath up to date.  I guess I need to put them together for tomorrow’s appointment with my own personal  Witchy Woman.

Mostly things have been pretty good, although yesterday I was crazy itchy!  Overall, I do think there has been improvement in many areas though.

One other exciting thing that I did recently, I didn’t want to write about until I had heard from someone that she was aware it had happened.  Well, nothing has been heard, so I guess she’ll see it here too.

On my way to the Bala Cranberry Festival a couple of weeks ago, I stopped at a café in Bracebridge to pick something up.  Before I left, I said “when will she know?” and I was told “Oh, we’ll call her this afternoon”.  So I waited and waited and waited, patiently, for her phone to ring.  Nothing.  Then I waited for an email from her.  Nothing.  Well, I can’t wait any longer:  Wendie…Look what I own!

My first original Wendie Donabie!

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And the journey continues….by Liz Saunders

It’s now been 17 days since I took the B.C.  I had a meeting with Witch Keila on day 12 and she tells me that based on certain incidents over the first 12 days, it’s working.  For the record, despite my threat to Google B.C., I have restrained myself.

I mentioned in a previous post that I thought I noticed improvement in my itchy head and painful hand…fleeting, but there.  Well, apparently that’s an improvement and I can’t argue with that.

 

One of the most stunning things that happened was letting my brother know, after yelling at me for things I couldn’t have understood, that he was out of line.  Sounds like something so simple, doesn’t it?  But it’s not something I would have done 6 months ago…indeed, not sure I have ever done something like that in my life.  I’ve always been too worried about losing something that might be important rather than standing up for myself.   Had another similar incident on day 15 with another family member that I still can’t believe I did.

After a very stressful weekend, a condition I have flared up (not surprising) but what was extremely surprising was that it only lasted 36 hours!  Instead of a week!

So… little steps.

Then the other night, I went to bed at the usual time but at 12:30 I was awake…not because something was on my mind, not because I had to take Jaden to the bathroom but because I had full body twitchies!  Unfortunately, although Witch Keila told me I can continue to take the Calc. Phos. for arthritis pain, I am NOT allowed to take my Cuprum Metalicum for my RLS (or full body twitchies).  Oh my god, it was agony.  I tried my Mindfulness Meditation breathing, I tried putting an extra blanket on my lower legs (heat and weight).  After about 2 hours, I finally went back to sleep, so very tired the next day.  But I’m sure Witch Keila will see it as a good thing.   She should try it some day.

But if that’s part of my progress, then I guess I will just have to find a way to cope.

On another note, there must be some emotional change going on for the good.  I’ve always believed that you send out vibrations to the universe and if your vibrations are negative, good things don’t happen.  When my friend, Bob, took his life, within 6 months The Virtual Alternative was almost defunct.  I had only one client left and she was a very small but loyal client.  When I finally came out of my depression over Bob’s death, business picked up.  Lately, not only did I pick up a client from a colleague who couldn’t accommodate his needs (5 day a week phone service), then an organization that I started talking to about 2 months ago finally committed and we start working together next week, but on Saturday I got another enquiry because of a LinkedIn connection.   If this keeps up, my daughter Siobhan is also going to be very busy.

On a personal level, yesterday when I woke up, my first thought was about a situation about which I had only had negative thoughts for years and that thought was “hmmm maybe if things keep improving, this can be fixed too”.  First positive thought in …I can’t tell you how long.

Woot woot! as my daughter Olivia would say!  Oh and for the record, my scalp is starting to feel like a scalp!  Another Woot!

 

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B.C. plus 9 by Liz Saunders

B.C. or not B.C.?

B.C. or not B.C.?

You will recall that 9 days ago, at 6:20 a.m. (in accordance with Witchy Woman’s instructions) I took my dose of B.C.  I was hoping to report back on changes or experiences but there’s been little to report.

I had no idea what to expect – which is probably a good thing because I haven’t been disappointed.  So far, I have not experienced anything that I would say was relief.  At one point (maybe 3 or 4 days ago) I thought maybe, just maybe, my head wasn’t as itchy as it’s been.  But no, that was a temporary reprieve that only lasted one day.  On another day, I thought maybe, just maybe, my left thumb didn’t hurt as much…also a temporary reprieve.

Emotionally…no change…physically…no change, except for this rotten cold which I’ve managed to pass it on to my husband.  My nausea/heartburn has returned and gone, my head is itchy and my hands and feet hurt.  Oh, and I’m not feeling very creative or funny.  Good thing work lately hasn’t required creativity!  This week was mostly about sending out faxes, capturing and recording information written on the back of postcards, booking mediations and minutes of meetings.  Nothing requiring thinking or creativity.

Can’t wait to see Witchy Woman on Tuesday and say “now what?”  Oh, and Witchy, if you’re readying this – the heck with you…I’m going to Google B.C. before I see you on Tuesday!

In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving!

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B.C plus 3 by Liz Saunders

Wow, I did not sleep well Friday night.    Sometimes my Restless Leg Syndrome actually affects my back – don’t ask me how – and I end up with back twitchies.  Not sure if I was over tired or this has anything to do with B.C.  In any event, I slept on a golf ball for a while and it stopped.And I spoke too soon about my thumb.  Woke up this morning and first thing I was aware of…you guessed it, my thumb.  But so far, other than thumb and this crazy cold or maybe allergies…no major changes.

So, off we went to play golf at The Sands just outside Gravenhurst – Joe, daughter Siobhan and grandson Jaden.  Tempers were flaring by the time we were approaching the first green and I thought the day would be a disaster.  Things calmed down and the boys stopped butting heads but all I was really interested in what was to come later in the day.  Like a little kid on a car trip “are we there yet?”.

But first, I must bore you with some background information.   Last year, I took an art class through the TDSB continuing education program, in an attempt to get over various emotional injuries from the past.  I was having fun until one fateful night when the teacher (who really hadn’t taught me much) embarrassed me in front of a group of students and I walked out, never to return.

My friend, Wendie Donabie told her friend, Pat Fairhead about the disaster and Pat said to Wendie “bring her to me”.  So a few weeks ago, I drove to town from the cottage, picked up Wendie and we went to visit Pat.  I was SO nervous.   When Wendie and I got there, we had tea/coffee with Pat and chatted a bit.   Okay, I confess, I cried a bit too as I told my story.   Then we moved to Pat’s studio.  Next thing I knew, there was a blank piece of paper in front of me and I had a piece of conte in my hand and I had broken out in a complete body soaking sweat.  But, the result was some simple pictures, in media I had never tried before.  It was quite liberating as I had not touched paper, pencils or anything else since the disasterous class last fall.

What has this to do with yesterday you ask?   This weekend and last weekend have been the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tourand Pat had her studio open to the public.  Pat asked Wendie to ask me to come and help out for a couple of hours!  Quite an honour!  So yesterday afternoon, after a chilly visit to The Sands, I went and helped out at Pat Fairhead’s studio, followed by gin & tonic with two fascinating Muskoka artists.  

I even bought an original Fairhead!

A very nice way to spend a couple of hours on a fall afternoon.

Purple Haze

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