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Ever the Student

I've had to do some research on Reflexology. I've been working on my daughter trying to get the swelling out of her legs while she waits for a Dr. appointment. She's been waiting 4 weeks and still has 2 more to go before she can get in to see a doctor.

I warned her before the session yesterday that I may have to hurt her. My approach has always been gentle and sometimes a tap and roll motion, but that wasn't working, so I went back to my book Body Reflexology by Mildred Carter and Tammy Weber. Then I got on the internet and did some more research.

I worked the pressure points on the top of her feet, below and above her ankles and on her calves. She flinched a few times but said she could feel and that was a good thing.

We ate lunch together and had a good visit afterward and when I started to leave she walked down the step of her porch to walk me to my pickup. She said "Hey, look at me! I walked down the steps!" That's something she has only done with a lot of effort and trepidation maybe half dozen times during the last 4 months. She was on the sidewalk before she even thought about it.

She hasn't been able to lie flat and put her feet above her heart in a very long time and that has contributed greatly to the swelling in her legs. She told me later in the day that she had laid down on the couch with her feet up on the arm and slept for an hour. I just hope the swelling doesn't get worse again before our next session.

You never know all there is to know about any subject. Just keep on studying and learning. Keeps ya young, ya know.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on March 14, 2015, 12:20 PM

Glad that the exercises helped her out some. Hope she keeps improving.

WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 1:37 PM

What a wonderful post. Hope your daughter gets better with your help - she may not even need to see the doc after your care and attention. As for your last sentence; that's exactly why I write. Because I read, and in reading I find facts that I want to share with people, form opinions, and have ideas about other articles or posts. Trouble is, too many ideas lead to a box of ferrets brain scrambling moment. I plan on addressing that later tonight by spending several hours writing.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 14, 2015, 8:42 PM

I know what you mean WordChazer . I have so many ideas I can't get a coherent sentence down sometimes. As for my daughter not seeing the Dr., She WILL see the Dr. She has too many symptoms of heart problems, although I haven't said it out loud. I need to know what she's fighting in order to help her better.

Carmelanirel wrote on March 15, 2015, 11:20 AM

I'm sorry, I might have read about your daughter, but I can't remember. You mention swelling, have you considered ginger? I make ginger tea/water when my back or wrist acts up or I know I will be doing more physical activity than I am used to, like these hikes we are taking in my Geology class. Pineapple is good too, but I can only eat so much pineapple and ginger water can be taken with me. This reduces swelling and relives the pain.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 17, 2015, 8:45 AM

Those are both good for reducing swelling, but getting my daughter to drink ginger tea is out of the question. There are some things she simply cannot stomach, so for now the massage oil with essential oils will have to do. I'll take another look at the ingredients in the massage oil and see if I included ginger EO. It does bring blood to the surface when used in a massage oil. Since the last massage she has been improving steadily, if slowly. Thankfully her Dr. appointment is next week. With a diagnosis, I will be able to provide more help.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 17, 2015, 8:47 AM

Thanks wolfgirl569 . She has been slowly improving since Friday. She goes down the steps and a short distance out the drive way every day now and doesn't get out of breath just walking across her kitchen.

Carmelanirel wrote on March 17, 2015, 9:21 AM

I know, I have a friend who can't stand the "bite" of ginger. What about smoothies, does she like those? You could add a bit of ginger in, I have done that as well, but with my busy schedule I find it easier to make a pitcher of the tea/water so I can pour and go.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 17, 2015, 4:07 PM

Tell her good luck and I hope she keeps improving

allen0187 wrote on April 13, 2015, 8:11 PM

Good for you and your daughter. Seeing that this is a post from last month, I do hope that your daughter's leg is better now and healed already or at least is close to healing.