XMas is the time to say "ouch"

Three weeks of no running and my left leg still hurts. Running again after Christmas is not an option. I'm probably going to have to make an appointment with the doctor again. There are worse-case scenarios I've heard of runners having to take six months off. I'm not looking forward to that.

Work with the Perl Foundation (TPF) has been challenging. Tip: do not volunteer for all-volunteer organizations unless you really, really are passionate about it. Much frustration, little accomplishment.

I finally got my "Google Summer of Code" T-Shirt. Google went the distance and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt. Heck, even the $500.00 I earned for being a mentor went back to TPF. I could have used it, but it looks a bit odd if I accept the money and run the grant committee.
Get yourself a gazelle. I have one and I love it! I use while watching tv. It's a low impact machine.
Can I recommend you try applying some arnica to the injured parts day and night for a week or so? You can get it at Wild Oats, New Seasons, and in Fred Meyer's Natural remedies section. I'd recommend the arnica cream or arnica gel from Boiron. It helps a lot with inflammation in muscles and joints and has been very helpful to me in resolving painful conditions.

Fairie G
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What is that? I've never heard of it. I'm into anything that negates the doctor! LOL
Re: arnica?
Arnica is a homeopathic remedy made from the Arnica Montana flower and other ingredients. I am not a person who would automatically endorse homeopathy, however, I'm not a disbeliever anymore. As a science, homeopathy doesn't make sense to me. As an intentional practice involving mindfulness and ritual, it makes perfect sense. All I can say is that the "proof" is in the outcome-does it work or not? Arnica as a topical works.

My own experience is that arnica reduces inflammation, helps decrease and relieve the pain of muscle spasms, and reduces swelling and pain in any muscle or joint it's applied to. Even if you've had something going on for a couple weeks, like a sprain, rubbing some arnica cream or gel over the injured parts can dramatically reduce the pain and swelling within an hour, and over the next 12 hours.

It's not the least bit irritating like the mentholated stuff, and it's completely natural, and I do recommend trying it. Of course I can't give you medical advice, nor would I ever advise anyone to avoid seeing an MD if they had a new condition.

You probably know that many strains are things best treated with common sense-elevating and resting the injured part, gentle stretching, alternating hot and cold, and then using anti-inflammatories like Motrin or ibuprofen.

I've been using arnica for 11 years now and can tell you that it can turn painful conditions around. For chronic painful conditions like tendinitis and shin splints, or chronic muscle spasms like I have in my back, it's excellent. Everyone I've shared it with has been amazed and delighted.

Try it and see what you think, and tell me if it works for you. Tell me if it doesn't, too!

Fairie G
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Thanks. I will check it out. I don't hate doctors, I just don't like going if I don't have to. LOL