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Thin Slices of Joy

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  • gmmiph
    gmmiph Member Posts: 662
    edited December 2016
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    Serenity,

    Those pics are beautiful.

    Here is s

  • grammakathy
    grammakathy Member Posts: 126
    edited December 2016
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    Love your toes in the bathtub! I need to soak more often. Thanks for the reminder.

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    grammakathy - Just say yes to baths! I soak in the tub about once a week. I think it helped during all my treatments especially chemo. I add epsom salt and magnesium chloride. I don't add oils because it's a pain to clean after.

    I was in my bat hang with eyes closed. I opened my eyes to my dog's face. Think she was checking for life signs. Success! I didn't complete all of my postural alignment exercises because she kept laying next to me. What can I do? She needed cuddles, and she's the boss of me!

    Going to Reflexology and Sujok today. Not certain what Sujok is, but should be good. I've been stretching my ankles after I found the right one so tight during the last Reflexology.

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    Different reflexologist today. He pressed deeper than the first one. I could've fallen asleep with her, but not today. Then, I had Sujok. Never heard of it before. Can't explain it.

    Sujok is a special science, which exclusively deals with acupressure. It is a method to heal the diseases by stimulation of the hands and feet with a combined use of acupuncture, finger pressure therapy or even with a blunt needle or tip of the ball- point pen.

    Seed therapy is complementary to sujok therapy. After acupressure treatment one can tie seeds, pulses and legumes at the treated point to supply extra life force to facilitate quick healing.

    I came out like this:

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    Kidney bean and black seeds on my hands for warmth. Black peppercorns on my right foot for sciatica.

    My husband had one word: DAFUQ? Loopy

    So far, I'm still cold and still have sciatica. Supposed to change it every 24 hours, but I only have the peppercorns.

    The Sujok guy did show me another stretch. Stand up with arms overhead, fingers interlaced, and palms up. Place right foot perpendicular to left foot with right heel at left toes. Then pivot the right foot towards the left heel. Gaze up to hands. Try not to fall. Hold and do other side. This stretch actually felt good.

    Oh, here's the sweet-smelling bathroom. I really like the floor tile in the foot picture above.


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  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    Family had some laughs from the foods taped to me yesterday. They wondered if I were getting prepped for a winter soup! ;) Don't think I'll repeat. The tape on my foot made my toes numb. Great relief to get feeling back when I took off the tape.

    Went to Qi Gong today. It felt pretty good. Then I stayed for the guided meditation class. Both were firsts for me. My thoughts kept straying during meditation, but the teacher would bring me back. She would tell us to imagine being in the ocean or looking at the blue sky. I would think of specific memories when she did that. Didn't know if that was the right thing to do. I asked afterwards, and she said it was great. Cool!

    After meditation, I went to the mall to pick up a blanket scarf for one daughter. It came to me during meditation, so now that's out of the way!

    Got home and had a nice nap.

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    My dog is so spoiled. I wish to have her life.

    Yesterday we took a nap. I woke up on my side with her behind me. She was on her back, and all I could see were her legs in the air. I reached behind me to rub her belly.

    This morning she came in from outside. I was still asleep, but she decided to bonk my elbow with her nose. Did she know that with my hand on my head, I would hit myself?

    Coffee tasted very good with my pup curled up beside me.

    Now that I'm subscribing to the Washington Post, I've been playing Sudoku and doing the crossword. Brain exercise. Need to be careful not to overdo.

    On Twitter, BBC Earth posts really cute stuff.

    https://twitter.com/bbcearth/status/805512232708743168

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  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
    edited December 2016
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    Glad no serious injuries, but seriously glad I hardly ever drive in downtown Montreal.

    Montreal buses, cars, police cruiser and even salt truck slide down hill

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-be...


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  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
    edited December 2016
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    These photos are beautiful. Love, love, love the whale pics!

    https://www.wired.com/category/photo/?mbid=social_...

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  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
    edited December 2016
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    When there's still coffee in the pot.

    Medicating

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    Went to the mall today. Watch out for moose!

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  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    What a sweetheart! That moment stays with you. When my teendaughter was about 4, I was holding her in my arms. She takes my face in her hands and says "I think I'll keep you". Then she kisses my nose.

    I hope you get out of the hospital soon!

  • reflect
    reflect Member Posts: 280
    edited December 2016
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    I keep wanting to click the LIKE button on this thread. Thank you!

  • grammakathy
    grammakathy Member Posts: 126
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    I'm with you, Reflect. I save this for the last thing I read on the site. Your comments lift me up and give me hope for the world.

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    reflect, gramma - Glad you like! I think it helps me to look for the good to distract me from the bad.

    I had an appointment today to see the Support Care doctor. She's going to help me figure out my sciatic pain. Yay! She gave me a plan to increase my Lyrica dosage. I will be scheduled for a bone scan to rule out, you know, the bad stuff. My pain hasn't changed its presentation really, just its intensity and constancy. Depending on the results from my bone scan and dosage change, I may be referred to a neurosurgeon or chronic pain specialist. I feel I am making progress with my rehab plan.

    Today I very much enjoyed all automatic doors and the commuter train. I walked around the hospital before and after my appointment. There was one intersection with multiple near misses. One guy tried to make a U-turn out of a one-way street! I feel lucky to be alive sometimes.

    I was welcomed home by the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. Mmm, they were good. I have trained my children well.

    Medicating

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    After years of searching, I bought a new set of mugs yesterday. I had a small set of mugs that had faded colors, and the insides were scratched from stirring spoons. I also have several novelty mugs. I store mugs in a drawer, and it's very satisfying to see the 12 new ones in there instead.

    This morning my coffee tasted better in the new mug. ThumbsUp

    The microwave safe, dishwasher safe, ovenproof to 425 winner is:

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  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    OK. Looking at the picture, it doesn't seem exciting, but it feels good to hold one. Got a good weight. It was very heavy to lug 12 of them at once. I was tempted by another set that was blue and gorgeous. I have some blue dishes, but I've had bad experience with the brand of the blue ones. I was afraid they wouldn't last a year. My white ones should last many years.

  • reflect
    reflect Member Posts: 280
    edited December 2016
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    A classic coffee mug--you can't go wrong. I wish you good results in dealing with your pain. That's such a hard one.

    Tonight, watching my daughter in her school chorus. They sang Lennon's Happy Christmas (War is Over). Touching and beautiful. Then the band and chorus lost it with the finale (Sleigh Ride Together) and the kids were in stitches over their messing up. Perfect.

  • glennie19
    glennie19 Member Posts: 4,831
    edited December 2016
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    Loving your posts!

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    Thanks, reflect! I just started my increased meds. Hope it works.

    I love that Lennon song! I'm so glad when kids can laugh at themselves. Much less stressful.

    Here's a Beatles song I love performed by Carlos Santana, India Arie, and Yo-Yo Ma. I'm not familiar with the vocalist, but Santana and Ma are favorites.



  • geewhiz
    geewhiz Member Posts: 671
    edited December 2016
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    Oh wow, what a GREAT thread!!!

    I love the netflix in the tub idea....I get bored with my epsom saltsSnooze

    My thin slice was from last night. I made chocolate chip cookies, a rare treat in this clean eatin' house, and all 3 kids gathered around. It's finals for the 2 older ones for the next week, so I am trying to keep spirits high for them all.

  • Scwilly
    Scwilly Member Posts: 232
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    I started a new collection of mugs this year, as I thought I was fed up with the mottled collection I had accumulated. We wanted larger mugs so we could get big latttes from our coffee machine. You can see one in my profile photo, it's the Starbucks "you are here" collection. We have quite a few now, Cities and States mostly west coast, some collected by my son who is studying in Seattle and had a tip to Vancouver. But when I looked at my old mugs, they represented so many memories andthey remain in the back of the cupboard. Posting on Facebook led friends to post their collection of mugs and to share memories. I don't usually think of myself as sentimental - but I was this time. Here's my collection:

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  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    geewhiz - Netflix and soak is my weekly treat. We don't have cookies often. Same as you the cookies were made to relieve finals stress, but it was my younger daughter making them for her sister. I took out my mom tax. ;)

    Scwilly - Great collection of mugs! From what I can see, I like your kitchen. Ikept a few of my old mugs, but I made my husband take away mugs he brought home from conferences.

    I took my teen daughter downtown today. On the way home on the train, she fell asleep leaning against me. She's 5 inches taller than me, but felt much smaller. She's the one who said she'd keep me.

    Medicating

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    glennie - Thanks! I just saw your post.

  • reflect
    reflect Member Posts: 280
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    Oh Serenity, I love it when they get "little" again for a bit!

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    reflect - I know! My kids have been so good this past year in taking care of me. It reminds me of the time when they relied on me.

    I've posted about my teen daughter, but my older daughter deserves some time. She's 20 and lives with us. It's pretty common here since there are 4 big universities downtown. With public transportation available, she never felt the need to learn to drive and actually hates driving. She made sure she completed her driving lessons by the time my rads treatments started so she could drive me to the hospital on her way to school.

    Yesterday she was wearing this oversized fisherman sweater. It used to be mine. I bought it over 20 years ago to wear when I was pregnant with her. Now she's a lovely, young woman. Could not be more pleased.

    She's now tormenting my dog. And me. Must defend. Winking


  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    Was at the liquor store where they offered samples of a couple of wines. Red was good, but the duck rillettes spread served with the wine was spectacular. Wow! I had to stop walking and closed my eyes to savor it. Too bad they didn't sell the spread. Will have to find it elsewhere.

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    Since before rads started my left index finger had been a bit swollen. I then started wearing my sleeve and glove daily. In the past few days, I've noticed the swelling is gone. Yes!

    My teen daughter came down and snuggled with the dog. When asked what she's doing: "I'm watching the dog. She's the 24/7 cute channel." Yup. I've done the same.

    I've always had tension in my shoulders/neck area. This pose relieves a lot of it.

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  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    Repeat after me, I will prevail.

    http://www.egoscue.com/blog/item/132-stockdale-par...

    Don't Be an Optimist: The Stockdale Paradox

    Let that sink in for a second, folks. The Stockdale Paradox states that you have to have faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, and at the same time, must confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

    Herniated disc? Yes…but you will prevail.

    I will prevail over my herniated disc and cancer. Period.

    Medicating

  • reflect
    reflect Member Posts: 280
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    I will prevail!

  • SerenitySTAT
    SerenitySTAT Member Posts: 3,534
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    Excellent, reflect! ThumbsUp

    Went to Reiki for the first time. It was very relaxing. I prefer hands-on therapies and won't sign up for this again. I have a massage on Thursday!

    Once home I did my hanging and postural alignment exercises. Then a nice nap. My dog is still asleep and sleep barking at the moment.

    I love watching pandas.

    https://twitter.com/bbcworld/status/808772554928386048

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