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  •  your internets down?! oh noes!!! (3+ / 0-)

    interesting day for sure.  sorry honeybun will not be with us (tell everyone about honeybun who will soon be typing for us with her toes like a pootie!)

    are you in a droughted part of texas? are you likely to get some rain from the weather change?

    my pulled muscle is holding steady even 'tho i'm so limited to only 1/2 aspirin every 2 days to control inflammation.  all things considered, it's doing very well toward on the mend. thnx for asking, 'tho it feels like such a dumb thing to have let myself happen.   to.    ...something happened to that sentence...

    •  what we had was sleet turning to snow (2+ / 0-)
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      but our destination was having an absolute downpour which is turning into black ice right about now. Didn't like the odds at all.

      honeybun is the newest baby in the family, and since I'm not old enough to be a grandmother, I'm her Dearie. She's gorgeous and placid, much like her mother and father.

      An idea for the pulled muscle, don't know about this at all- I once had a very prolonged sore throat, and finally saw an ENT for it, who happened to have treated opera singers for the same symptoms. He did the whole nine yards exam, and told me (and it was true that I was very stressed) that I was holding all my tension in my throat. Solution? As for the opera singers, he recommended gargling with Benadryl- I'm wondering if applying Benadryl cream to the sore muscle might have any positive effect? It worked beautifully for my throat- although the divorce probably helped as well. >;->

      Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

      by postmodernista on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 05:11:32 PM PST

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      •  Benadryl is an anti-histamine so that's interest- (2+ / 0-)
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        postmodernista, Mr Robert

        ing.  'tho maybe the inherent sedating effects of Benadryl/diphenhydramine is what helped do that.  it's an extremely common ingredient in over-the-counter sleeping-pills, so like that maybe even topically?

        my go-to topical stuff for musculoskeletal pain is Arniflora arnica gel.  it's kind of amazing stuff for people who can benefit from it, especially considering that it's over-the-counter.  for many years i used aspercreme, which is aspirin in a topical form, because before that i was given prescription-strength naproxen (actually it didn't exist in any other form at the time) which gave me ulcers even 'tho i was using less than prescribed ...  because it was giving me both GI pain and rebound musculo-skeletal pain.  and apparently was damaging my kidneys to some extent, is my current doctor's opinion, together with the weedkiller exposure.

        anyway at a certain point the aspercreme stopped helping but fortunately an acquaintance who saw i was in a lot of pain mentioned using arnica and i looked into it and soooo glad i did.  costs less online than in healthfood stores & what drugstores than carry it, fortunately.

        •  I was quite surprised (2+ / 0-)
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          mettle fatigue, Mr Robert

          that the Benadryl worked, myself. I'll be hunting for the arnica- the lovely husband is always pulling some muscle or other at work. Thank you.

          Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

          by postmodernista on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 05:32:09 PM PST

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          •  a couple of online links for Arniflora purchase (2+ / 0-)
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            Mr Robert, postmodernista

            [] has the 2.75 oz tube for 9.49 at the moment, and
            vitamin shoppe for 7.99

            the small size tube is too expensive per ounce to bother about, especially from a brick'n'mortar store, since even if it doesn't work for the person it's first bought for it may work great for someone else in the family.

            fair warning, when you smooth it on it temporarily puts out a "fragrance" somewhere between a cheese factory, a winery, and feet that need to be washed!  it doesn't bother me because the instant i smell it i know that relief is on the way, but i use it so much that this is a conditioned reflex for me.  new users may go aaaauuuggghhh and drop it and run in the other direction!

            there is a more expensive lower-concentration brand, the name of which i forget, that i think is not nearly as "alerting" in its "fragrance", but i have to make every penny count and its effect was too minimal to me to be a good investment, so to speak.

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