All posts tagged: dislocated shoulder

My first (inadvertent) honey harvest

I harvested this honey today out of my brown hive. I didn’t really mean to do that, but it was clearly needed. I went to check out top bar hive at my house today. The bees have been really busy and I gave them 4 more bars to build comb on a few weeks ago. But when I looked though the window it seemed that the comb was crooked! Top bar bee keepers have warned me of this. Apparently once the bees start building their comb out of line it will just go on like that, eventually creating comb that spans two bars and then gets very messy to move. Well, it seems like I waited too long, as there were about six combs that bulged over at the top toward the next bar, one of them even attached to the next bar. So there I was with my hands in the hive and this mess unfolding before me. It seems like all the crossed over comb was filled with fresh nectar, so at least …

Comfrey root poltice is messy

I find myself, for the second night in a row, in front of the mirror with a bowl of brown slime and a roll of Saran wrap. This time the brown slime is less chunky, but my fingers are much more tingly from handling it for a long time. A week ago I fell ice skating, yes in July. I dislocated my right shoulder. This is an old chronic weak point, though it had been almost 9 years since the last time it happened. If it weren’t for the lovely and kind Dr. Judith Boothby, my chiropractor, bailing me out on a Sunday, I’m sure I’d be in much worse shape. But as it is I have very little pain and a fair about of mobility. Still the job remains to rebuild all this torn tissue and hopefully stronger and more aligned than the last time. So I get to experiment on myself with herbs and other magic. The first week it was mostly Arnica; internal, external, homeopathic, oil, homemade tincture and lots of ice …

Welcome back, Cat

Life has been an incredible journey through uncharted territory these past few weeks. I can’t really begin to explain the experience of meditating with Swami Kaleshwar‘s energy and long time students for the Guru Purnima celebration last week. Suffice it to say that I’ll be digesting it for a while. Perhaps someday I’ll have something good to write about it. In a strange twist of life I am stuck at home doing just that as I fell ice skating on Sunday. I hit my head and dislocated my right shoulder. So now I am at home resting, healing and eating and catching up on my herb school homework. For breakfast I had this lovely gyro lamb patty, from New Season’s market. It’s on a bed of thinly sliced sautéed collards with a side of onion, carrot and burdock, a fried egg and a scoop of beet/ cabbage kraut. I washed it all down with a nice glass of duck broth. Yum, yum. For lunch I had a salad with garden greens and flowers. Being careful …