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Then there are the supplements. They usually constitute a pretty hearty stash of vitamins, minerals, etc common to the health conscious of virtually any age today, various powders, capsules, probiotics and immune system boosters, available by large tub and bottles of health inspiring brownish hues. The labels are usually in greens (sometimes a sort of dull chartreuse and with brown lettering and Dr. Bonnerish seriousness to the text.)

And don’t forget the teas, cooked by the gallon and sipped judiciously all day, liver, horsetail, yarrow, milk thistle and a whole delicious botanical bouquet of dried leaves and flowers. And if you are a fortunate you also have access to flower essences as well.

And so the day begins, warm water flavored with Organic Apple Cider vinegar and we are off! Don’t forget the bitters for digestion right after grace and before the first bite, the B12 under the tongue (at lease fifteen seconds) and now we’re into the first lap, and headed for a day punctuated at multiple intervals with shots (left thigh? No, should be left arm, No, three times or two times per day? This or that medicine to be sloshed under the tongue or that one taken Never with Meals, or Always with Meals in another case, do keep these straight. Magical liquids to be applied to the skin (was it top, lower half, front back or?) Compress to be applied over designated area the ointments not to seep out the edges, keep in place somehow) apply warmth, keep kidney adequately warm. Actually a kind of woolen space suit can come to mind.

Then really big deal, the first if not the last universal question in all medical settings. Are the bowels working? How can any of us think we are better than anyone or anything when it all boils down to if the gut is functioning and if so when!? Oh, the anxious moments of ‘will it work or won’t it’?. My pharmacist husband once handled the meds and charts for a few years for several nursing homes. There often for the poor dears confined to that life, it was their daily constitutional was the focus of the whole day. Was it going to work? For in their hard and physically diminished lives this meant they are still alive, still in their body. still here and this is proof of it! So this is the grand daddy question for all those recovering that hangs over each day’s dosing regime, is all well in that department!

So goes the beautiful adventure of ongoing minding of when to slosh, slather, compress, hot water bottle, boil, inject, take 2.5 Tablespoons of substance carefully mixed with good water (not tap water, of course) but not mixed with A B or C and never D. Gratefully, my husband counts pills and reminds which is an enormous aid in the process.

Perhaps, the thought crosses my mind, I should just give it all up and follow the advice of the Gastro/intestinal specialist I just went to who told me to sip on Ensure all day, ‘assuring’ me, that a ‘calorie is a calorie’ doesn’t matter if it is from sugar, protein or anything else. This way we know you are all covered for nutritional essentials. Yes, it also contains a large dose of GMO corn and soy, laced with Glyphosate, the deadly herbicide the GMO crops are saturated with that causes, cancer, infertility, (not that I need to worry about that one) intestinal issues, and is now found in human blood on a mass scale. Hey, this person is an expert in stomachs right! In all fairness, he is very meticulous and thorough in his assessment process, one day, let us hope, we’ll do a better job of actually teaching nutrition in medical schools.

So here I am ingesting this grand potpourri that is going (and IS) to help me to reclaim my own territory, my own organism but let me tell you it is a Grand Project! Of course it is requiring a table full of all the nostrums which I said I would NEVER indulge in. If I haven’t emailed and thank you personally for your ever so kinds postings in the Guest Book, please know how my days are filled.

Oh, the great Humblings life bring us too! And isn’t that a good thing?. Any arrogance smashing experiences are in the end ‘very good stuff’ and something we can thank for helping stay gratefully and more compassionately within the human race... a vital part of our long race of life to be human.

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