“Nothing is broken”

“Nothing is broken”

… but my foot still hurts.

Thursday- my second to last day at my old job- I took a tumble down some stairs. By “some,” I mean “two,” and by “tumble,” I mean “I looked over my shoulder and missed the last two steps and rolled my right foot under me as I flew forward.” It was a graceful moment, that I’m thankful was witnessed by almost every person in the building.

Within a minute or so, I realized I couldn’t stand up, and that the loud “crack” I heard as I fell might be to blame. Thus began a two hour process of begging not to go to the doctor, and assuring everyone that I was fine and that big blue lump across the top of my foot wasn’t anything to worry about. To make a long story shorter: I was promptly whisked away to the by my friend Julie, to have a doctor make me hop down the longest hallway in Queensland, and tell me that my foot isn’t broken and I’d need an x-ray if I wanted to file Worker’s Compensation paperwork. I hate x-rays, and I wasn’t in the mood for paperwork when my job would be ending the next day, so I just hobbled up the stairs to our Shoebox and popped some homeopathics.

High point: Julie mixes a delicious Slurpee, and I can wholeheartedly recommend a combination of lime and raspberry. Low: It hurt.

By Friday morning, I was doing pretty stinking good thanks to Traumeel’s dissolving tabs and lots of arnica cream. Since I could walk normally, I coerced Harli into taking me to a few shops, and out to lunch. Sunday afternoon, I was in agony. Turns out I overdid it.

Yesterday morning, 90 minutes into my first day of a new job, I was in tears and begging Harli to take me to a hospital. My foot was black and blue, and my toes were going numb. Fast forward to the end of the five hours we spent in the hospital, waiting to be seen, x-rayed, and seen again: nothing is broken, but I have ripped every ligament in my right foot and strained a tendon. I’m to stay home with my foot iced and elevated above my heart until Friday, at the earliest. It will take anywhere from two to eight weeks before I can exercise again. There’s nothing I can do to make it heal quicker, other than rest.

Problem: I can’t sit still while at home. I keep walking around to do housework, only to remember that I can’t really put any weight on my foot. This is very trying, and pretty painful. I can’t work out, or stand up long enough to make dinner, so we’ve had take out almost every night this week. It feels like my plans are shattered by my own stupidity, but I know that isn’t true. Please pray anyway, if you’re so inclined. 🙂

Natural Hair Detox- Works for Me Wednesday

Natural Hair Detox- Works for Me Wednesday

One aspect of my life which is rarely referenced ’round here is that of my job. There’s no reason for this, aside from the fact that I don’t want to be a blogging advertisement for the company. I mean, it’s good that I love my colleagues, but that’s not what you’re here for 😉

So, I work for an organic skincare, cosmetic, and nutritional company on the Queensland Gold Coast. (Google it…c’mon…) We’re carbon negative, green-powered, and use terms like “superfood” and “antioxidant-rich” to describe company lunches.

One of the things I’ve had to get used to is the notion of “detoxing.” There are so many additives, preservatives, and toxic ingredients in lots of commercially-available products that many of our customers find that their skin, hair, and digestive system experience a knock when they make the switch to certified organic products. Now, detoxing is good- it’s a natural cleanse of the garbage that has built up- but it can also be really, really…irritating. We receive numerous calls and emails regarding the rashes, break outs, tummy aches and greasy hair that come from the detox period. (Usually two to eight weeks, though it can last longer in some cases.)

That last bit- the greasy hair, has kept me from using the organic shampoo produced by the company. Simply put, my hair had a lot of “stuff” to get rid of, so my detox period was particularly bad, and wasn’t something I had the patience to endure. After ruminating on this to a friend in Research & Development, she suggested using one of the purifying skin masks in my hair to speed up the detox. The same ingredients meant to cleanse problem skin of its impurities are also great for the life of the hair. A quick look in our “end of line” (read: not quite enough to fill a container) stock, and I had a jar in my hot little hand.

Green clay=win

I won’t lie- mixing up a mineral mask and spreading it through my hair was messy. But, it stripped every last bit of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate from my raven locks, and has left my hair shiny and new. Not only is my hair genuinely healthier, but the weight of my hair has improved- it now has the ability to bounce. 🙂

One thing I’ve found with products made with entirely natural ingredients: they are delightful for multiple uses. I have used skin blemish gel for burns and mosquito bites, antioxidant nutritional powder to boost acne fighting, and a skin perfecter to clear a fungal rash. This is refreshing, and encouraging, as it’s nice to know that organic products can be just as effective as those with unpronounceable ingredient lists 🙂

What experience have you had with “organic” products? Would you recommend them?

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