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As promised, here’s a photo I took this morning after sleeping with the henna on all last night. So, it’s a bit darker now. I love the design though! I consider a swirl symbol to be very symbolic of me and my life. Something like a trademark? Who knows. But I had to include it somehow.

 

My Henna!

Shall I share the ironic aspect to this design with you? I didn’t realize it until this morning as I was peeling the dried henna off. I added several dots in between the rays of the sun. {Yes, it’s a sun} Now you can’t tell from this particular picture but I’m seriously covered in moles. So now it looks like I just drew in 20-ish more moles than I actually have. And that one dot in the middle of one of the top rays? Yeah I didn’t draw in that one! See, you can’t tell the difference can you? I still love it though :)

 

As far as my progression with the Cat’s Claw. Whew. Day 2: Today was a long day. My mental capacities are barely discernable right now. I feel like I’m sifting through sludge when I try to think. Or write. Writing is becoming more difficult, which is a painful acceptance. I’m hoping this doesn’t continue too long. I’m also having chest pains, dizziness, loss of appetite, and I’m having some difficulty breathing. But once again these are all normal symptoms for me. Do I attribute them to the Cat’s Claw? I don’t know. I wish I did! Some of my eye symptoms are coming back too. That’s a little nerve-wracking. I’d really rather not have to have another spinal tap before heading off to Mayo.

 

I think that’s it for tonight!

Peace and healing, molly

 

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself… ‘How did I get through all of that?”

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I finally decided it was time to start taking the Cat’s Claw we bought a month ago. Yeah, I know. I was avoiding it. I admit it whole-heartily! My LLMD is seeing great results from it with her patients. And we’ve heard from others who have been treated for Lyme with it. {One of whom is in remission!} They highly recommend that I try taking it as well.

 

I’m all for trying anything once. Call me adventurous, but really I just want to be well again in the shortest time frame possible. A lot to ask, I know. So why have I avoided it? I have one hesitation – those who have taken it describe a horrible herx following it. So, that means it works. It’s killing those little buggers. But I have to live through the process of it. I’m not looking forward to it.

 

And I’m wondering to myself why exactly I chose today of all days to start. I still have a week’s worth of school to get through before my summer begins and I’m actually a week behind in turning work in. Great. There’s an excellent example of Lyme brain right there. I forgot all of those things when I found the bottle of Saventaro in my meds bag while I was filling my pill containers for the week.

 

So I’ll of course record my experiences with it here as often as I can now that I’ve begun. I’m excited to have found the Saventaro though. It’s a pill form of TOA-free Cat’s Claw instead of tincture form. I’m starting with one pill in the morning until I see my LLMD next. No need to rush too fast into this… Slow and easy with this one.

 

On a brighter and more artistic note – I just finished my first Henna tattoo tonight! I’ve been in love with Henna as an art form for years. There’s a wonderful Henna artist at my local Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings. But I was assigned to create my own Henna design and tattoo it myself in my Cross-Cultural art class this week. Needless to say I was very excited! I’ve wanted to learn for a while now, and this was just the push I needed. I have a feeling I’ll be experimenting a lot this summer! I’m crossing my fingers the two I did tonight turn out. I’ll post pictures tomorrow!

 

Peace, love, and healing, molly

 

“The artist’s world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.”  ~Paul Strand

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