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TCM Bone Knitting Pills

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On My Experience With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Bone Knitting Pills...

When I heard that my bone pieces in my crushed left big toe weren't healing and knitting as they should, I asked my acupuncturist for a TCM herbal preparation to assist bone knitting. He recommended the Zheng Gu Tui Na line of products, developed specifically for sports medicine injuries.

I dutifully trucked over to Kamwo Pharmacy in Chinatown to pick up three weeks worth of Bone Kinitting Pills - Late Stage.

The Ingredients:

Bone Knitting Herbs

Now, the recommended dose is two pills per day taken with warm water. They are supposed to be chewable, but my one attempt to chew resulted in my almost upchucking the entire thing. I decided instead to break them into little pellets and swallow like pills, which turned two pills into about sixteen.

The pills are like egg yolks!

Pills are huge!

I will find out next Friday how my toe is doing. Please send reiki, good thoughts, and lots of healing! Thanks!

 

Broken Toe Update

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Broken Toe Update

Just when I thought that my broken big toe extravaganza couldn't get worse, it did!

Saw podiatrist yesterday who informed me that at least one of the 5 breaks in my crushed distal phalange is simply not coming together. Which means that this whole process will take much longer than expected.

Now I require a bone stimulator and I have to wear my giant boot (cam walker, as they so lovingly put it) for the next five weeks until x-ray 8/30. Even better, I have to wear the walker in the house, even "just to go to the bathroom". No weight bearing without boot!

At least my boot is bedazzled!

My friend Liz who bedazzled my boot!

And when I am not weight-bearing I am to be resting, icing, and elevating as much as possible. Yes, that means sitting on a ball when teaching and doing nothing outside when I am not. No exercise :(

Those of you who know me, know that this is killing me. I hate feeling helpless. I hate not exercising. And I hate feeling out of control of my own body.

I am always used to helping. And there is nothing I can do here to help other than rest. This sucks and I am totally frustrated.

Lesson of the Broken Toe

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The Universe just taught me a lesson.

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I broke my big toe last week.

Normally a broken toe is not a huge deal. You maybe tape it; do lots of rest, ice, compression, and elevation; and you are good in a few weeks.

But not my broken toe. No, mine is broken in two places, so the chances of the bone pieces becoming misaligned and requiring pinning is much greater. This means keeping the toe completely immobile for at least three weeks. No exercise, minimal unbooted walking, and a giant boot for outside time and work time.

Otherwise I am to be reclining with my foot elevated and ice every couple of hours.

Awesome! (Not.)

How did it happen? I was rushing from one train to another and barely noticed the heavy cart wheel roll over my toe. Then I went and taught Pilates for a couple of hours, and continued on with my life.

When I finally got to the doctor and had the xray, my toe was huge and black. I was in a lot of pain and very tired. Now I have a minimum of three weeks of slowness, with a total of eight to ten weeks healing time.

There is a huge lesson for me here.

Stop rushing!

Now I get up 15 minutes earlier for work and can take as long and slow a hopping stroll to the studio as needed. I take a full hour to get from studio to studio, so I can take my time, wait for elevators, and look out for people and carts. I nap in the afternoons. And I try to not complain about my boot, since it allows me to work and leave my house.

Hubby is a huge help. He is doing everything he usually does (cooking, cleaning, laundry, and writing his second novel), plus every dog walk, every kitchen run, every store run, and little things like massaging my legs to help with circulation and lymph.

When I told a colleague what happened, she said, "So Lynda, what is the lesson here? You need to slow down and stop rushing!" Was it that obvious to everyone but me?

I will keep you updated!

So, how about you? Has the universe sent you any clear messages lately? Leave me a comment and let's discuss....