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Day 2 of

SNOW DAY!!!!!!

I *heart* the Federal Government's snow policy.

Mind you, I'd be working from home tomorrow anyway - the plow that was supposed to clear our parking lot has been in a ditch off the highway for the past two days, and I can't get my car out of the parking space, despite Bob's best efforts with a snow shovel (something to do with the fact that the entire street is coated with two inches of packed snow, my car is rear wheel drive, and oh yes, it's a Miata). 

But paid day off in the snow is even better.  There is supposed to be another snowstorm on Tuesday night/Wednesday that might give us another foot of snow, so who knows what's going to happen this week.  This was the week my division was supposed to be moving to the Rockville office (but we still close if the Feds close, since we're contracted to the G), but I think that will have to be delayed a bit. 

As long as I can get out on Friday to refill my Rx, I'm good.

So... what's been happening in Lauraville?  I've been embroidering - I'm done with the fill on the gussets, and starting on the shoulder wings.  I've been playing an insanely addictive game online called "Fitz", which is just a matching game, but evil.  Eeeeeeeeviiiiiiiil.

And I've been succumbing to ads I see on TV again.  I got sucked in to the Bender Ball system, but despite inflating the ball, I haven't actually used it yet, but I do want abs with more strength, so I do plan to use it at some point.  More usefully, I got seduced by the Heeltastic heel moisturizing stick (my local supermarket has all the"As seen on TV!" stuff, so I don't have to pay shipping), and darn it, it actually works.

Ever since I had a stay in hospital as a teenager, I've had issues with my heels.  It started with really hideous large blood blister-like things on both heels, that bled every time I wore shoes for about six months.  Once they healed, I had awful cracked peeling calluses on my heels that have never gone away, despite filing and moisturizing.

(I know I should have, but I never got medical treatment for the heel thing - I didn't know about stuff like Neosporin to help them heal, and my experience of bringing things like that to my mother's attention was that she would sort of blow it off as not important enough for the doctor.  So, I just didn't tell anyone, and no-one really noticed the blood on my flip-flops.  Weird, huh?  That was my teenagehood - I was a secretive and uncommunicative child.)

But this Heeltastic stuff - it smells terrible, like rank July greenery in an overgrown field, but it seems to be working in conjunction with a little heel sandpaper thingy.  The heel with the worst cracks and peeling is completely smooth for the first time in twenty-five years.  My feet will always have hard calluses on them, that's just my feet, but at least they don't look ghastly.

(I have non-painful bunions, too, that stick out a good half inch.  I have gorgeous feet.  Gorgeous, I tell you!)

(They're really, really bony.  I kick and abrade my ankle bones all the time, they stick out so much.  Every time someone wishes they had ankles like mine, I laugh a hollow laugh and tell them about the bleeding.)

So, no opinion yet on the Bender Ball, but Heeltastic?  If you have super-dry and cracked feet, and don't mind the smell of fermented crushed nettle greens, go for it.


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Feb. 9th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
OMG that is the third time today I've come across this. Dishydrotic eczema acts like that on the feet and leaves behind scaling and cracks and all. You should Google it - the Wikipedia entry shows a couple of foot pics with it in a fairly advanced stage.

Yeah, I think I'll be a doc. Heh. ETA: BUT I'M NOT ONE. Also, it could naturally be anything else because I'm in no way trained. It's just a case of synchronicity, you understand. I've come across it several times and it's in the "front" of my brain right now.

Edited at 2010-02-09 03:24 am (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Hee. No I'm not itchy, and never was. I think I got something akin to bed sores when I was in hospital - I had a bad time and was strapped sown while I was thrashing about, and I think I drummed my feet hard against the bed, raising bisters.

That was a long time ago - but infection caused scarring, and I have weird skin anyway. :)
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Hahah, well, yay for disclaimers! I can't imagine how much that must have hurt.

You're not alone in the weird skin front.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll be damned. I get that stuff on my hands every now and then, and they're not kidding about the intense itching. I've literally rubbed the skin off the sides of my hands trying to get the itch to stop.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yup, I'll get a few every once in a while, myself.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
And if you do pop those stupid blisters, they spread...

And I'm a compulsive picker, so you can imagine how much fun *that* is.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, dude, I understand - you know they used to think the clear fluid was sweat and therefore thought it was caused by sweating too much? Except that it's serous fluid....
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Did you ever try Lotil? I've heard great things about it, plus it smells much better than Heeltastic :)
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
I have tried everything (remember, I've had 24 years to try stuff), with no success, which is why I'm actually recommending this stuff. :)
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Wow, I'll have to let my sister know about that Heeltastic stuff, she lives in CT and her heels dry out and crack something awful in the winter.

I did sort of the same thing as a teenager. My knees used to hurt really badly to the point that I remember walking the dog and crying about it on a number of occasions but I never actually told my mother - I though everyone's knees hurt when they were tired.*

* Not that it would have helped much anyway. I started running for exercise in college, my knees screamed blue bloody murder and it finally occurred to me that this was not perhaps normal. An orthopedist diagnosed it as idiopathic chondromalicia of the patella i.e. softened, cracking cartilage behind the kneecap, reason unknown. Not uncommon. Advice? Strengthen the ankle by pushing the outside of my foot against a wall. Didn't seem to help and I stopped after a bit. Other than that, just don't run. Or jump. Dancing? Nope, nothing with bouncing or leaping. Great big fat help that was.

Eventually I got custom orthotics that helped a lot, then later figured out it was due to a poor gait from wearing too-stiff shoes as a kid. Wasn't that apparent till puberty hit and my frozen arches wouldn't let my body adapt to the additional weight on the my chest and butt...ahem. I am now slowly retraining myself and don't need the orthotics - yay! - but still have to keep working on it...

Oops. Babbling again. Eh, you can always ignore the footnotes, right?.
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh, fellow knee-pain (chrondomalacia patella) person here! I had the same thing, but I can also attest that the prescribed exercises (which was the extent of the treatment for that condition at the time, although that may have changed) did absolute SQUAT for the knee pain. And I was told I'd outgrow it. Hyeah.

These days my right knee (always the more painful one) is actually a replacement part. I had a knee replacement done in 2005; there was NO cartilage left in my knee at all and I had been grinding bone on bone for some time. After the surgery healed? First time I could walk without pain since my teens. Good luck. I know how excruciating this is.
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Ow! I'm so sorry you had to suffer so long. I was a lot more fortunate, I got well-fitted orthotics in my mid-20s and they stabilized things enough that the chondromalacia didn't get any worse. My knees were mostly OK as long as I avoided any high-impact stuff or extended walking or standing. (Why yes, this did affect my fitness level...)

I was also lucky enough to find (or was instinctively attracted to) activities that help shift how I habitually carried my weight often enough that my knees got a break from the constant uneven pressure that was trashing the cartilage; classical voice required a very different stance for correct breath support and Middle Eastern (aka belly) dancing was great for low impact, isolated weight shifts and regaining flexibility in my feet. My dance teacher was really understanding about adapting choreography as needed for movement limitations, bless her, and during class we could always drop out and rest if necessary.

Later on I took classes in the Feldenkrais Method of movement retraining. I probably sound like a testimonial but really, it's great, we did a series on sitting cross legged and I haven't had any problems with either my knees or my back since then. I figured out where I was "sticking" and how to release when it happens. Got other body issues going on but I think I'm getting those worked out now as well.

It's fabulous that you can now get spanky new knees to replace the old, worn out ones. I'm glad to hear yours is working out for you. It's amazing how strange it feels to not hurt, isn't it? You forget what it's like.

Feb. 9th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
I have that too! When I was diagnosed back in college, they thought I might have to have surgery. But I cut out all of the things that made it really bad (like skiing) and it has been manageable. :) Except for a flare up now and then, it has been very mild. I am thankful for that!
Feb. 9th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)

I'm overweight and work on my feet in closed shoes in a hot kitchen. My heels take a beating, and this stuff is all that stands between me and a call-out for feet that are so cracked and bleeding I can't stand up without crying. It feels terrible, like being smothered in plastic, but it's fragrace-free and is wonderful on hands, feet, and patchy spots while you sleep. Don't use it on any part of your body that is prone to breakouts, though... it's a pore-clogger.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
I have terrible dry yucky skin on my feet too. If I don't stay on top of it, they litterally become leathery and look like the feet of a mummy. It is gross.

But I found a miracle cure! Nivea has a line of lip stuff... like chap stick type stuff. One of them is for healing and protecting. I use it on my feet and it is amazing. And what is nice, is that it is small, compact and can't spill etc. Perfect for popping in a pocket especially if I am wearing sandals.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the recommendation on Heeltastic. I was eyeballing it when I saw it, too, and I had wondered if it actually worked. My heels are horrendous- dry, cracked, callused, rough, and peeling despite pumice stones, sandpaper thingies, callus removers, etc., etc., ad nauseum. I did find a pretty good moisturizer for feet, though: The Miracle Foot Repair Cream (also as-seen-on-TV). It works better than any other foot cream I've tried.

On another note: I picked up the Patterns of Fashion 4 I ordered yesterday and the Patterns of Fashion 1560-1620 is due to arrive on Thursday. YAY! I spent yesterday evening reading, examining the pictures (with my magnifying glasses on) and being jealous of the sewing skills of these women who created these beautiful things. Amazing. I am SO glad this weekend is a long weekend.
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