Rica - I hope you don't mind but I have posted your I Never Promised You a Rose Garden... post to this thread. It's very inspirational!
From Rica on another website.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden....
But a Daisy will do very, very well. This is at Daisy's request and has been on my mind since she asked. I realized it will be long and will need almost daily editing as I think of more improvements, so please forgive me if I bring it up too many times. Just tell me to stop and I will. Daisy asked me to enumerate in one post the improvements since I began this incredible journey. First was return of energy, not all at once but when you are starting from near zero, ANY feels really good. Now my bladder works on demand, though it took a long time. Following this, though not necessarily in order, came months and months of a fascinating "rooting out" from my joints ALL arthritis beginning at the top of my neck, and working down, stopping along the way for lots of work (read painful work) in any joint that has EVER been over-stressed (hah!), sprained (also hah), broken, used lots, etc., etc. I wish I had kept better track but I thought I was just getting really old really fast. Besides, I had NO idea where this was going. Imagine my dumbfounded surprise a couple of months ago when I realized NOTHING hurt any more! My arthritis was gone, gone. When I waken in the morning and still nothing hurts and I can go bare-footed on ceramic tile and stand on the same tile, motionless for 20 or 30 minutes waiting to get a picture of the hummingbird outside the window and then walk I am speechless with amazement. My great-grand-mother died in a fetal position from arthritis. Someone once told me "they" had to break bones to fit her in a casket. I have no idea if this is true but I would have no trouble believing that I was headed there. My walking still comes and goes - always set back by flagyli. My vertigo comes with flagyl and last time lasted for weeks. Gone now leaving my balance better than for at least 7 years. My gums are healthier than for years and years.
<> An interesting thing that has developed in the last few days is the return of L'Hermitte's. In 1980 or so my son had just gotten his driver's license and one morning his/the car wouldn't start so I pushed it - and fell down because I was suddernly numb. Of course, it went away instantly when I changed position. In the next week this happened twice more and whatever is was in the car was repaired. I remembered this incident now with the return of L'Hermitte. Why did it take all these years to remember it? I know from my MRIs that I have a lesion right where I can feel this and I am wondering......what? I have most of the use of my right arm back after losing almost all use of it. My fine motor control and strength of my right arm and indeed of my whole body is more noticable every day. My right side is almost normal in feeling after being nearly totally numb for 9 or 10 years. My knee bends when I walk and I can come down the four steps to our garden room with a bowl of hot soup in each hand - without help.
Additions lately remembered will be listed here: I can swallow - Richard did the Heimlich on me twice the first winter. I can get up off the floor easily after not being able to without being bodily lifted. I can whirl around and bend over to pick up something from the floor and not fall over. My mind is emerging from the jumble and blur.
Richard says he is not as skeptical as he used to be - that these things are not taught is medical school. He also says that these things are not supposed to happen. I know there are many more but it is feeding time!