November 10th, 2005

pakua

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I'm sitting here because I have a dermotologist appointment. It was in one hour, but now it's not until 4PM. This is not unusual - he tend to run very late and I've taken to calling his office to find out how badly he's running. This was their advice.

Jonathan is still home because he's enthralled by "The Red Violin." I don't blame him.

Last night, I went to my second pakua class since beginning again. And it was interesting. There is another blue belt (she's *fifteen) - the others are all lower level, pre-Instructor belts. And Master Ilona (note to prezzey - I asked. She's Russian Jewish, but thinks that her parents chose to give her a Greek or Hungarian name. She's not sure. She's *from* Russia - I can say that. Middling accent.) was very aware of this. The lower belts were all taught a technique. Shana and I were told to "half-fight". That is, we were told to punch and block - spar without using our legs. No techniques, just sparring. Next to us, we could see the other students doing a formal technique. It was odd. She was clearly teaching two different classes. She was about to teach the two of us a technique when the class ended late.

On the other hand - even though it's been months, I found myself doing the kicks in the manner I learned in the Improvement classes. I could feel the power, even. So I didn't forget.

I was, however, creaking around the office. Standing was a minor production. I'm better now, but as we did 32 crunches - 8 standard, 8 with crossed ankles off the ground, 8 with legs pointing straight up and 8 with our legs, still up, opening and closing - I expect things will be interesting tomorrow.

On another note - since these classes take place when they do, I've decided to make more use of my crockpot and ordered a couple of cookbooks.
Mama Deb

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Report from the dermatologist.

I go to him twice a year. He checks me for moles (I've had four removed) and to see if my rosecea is responding, but mostly for my contact dermatitis. It's not that I'm allergic to any one thing, but if I don't take Zyrtec at least every other day, I get hives from, well, everything. During hay fever season, I need to take it daily.

It's gotten much better. 8 years ago, I needed a combination of Zyrtec and two Allegras daily to keep the hives managable, plus a cortisone lotion for when they didn't work. And I needed two Zyrtec when visiting my inlaws in their summer house, which is up in the mountains, just to breathe.

I'm right in the bell curve, says he. Perfectly normal.

But. *giggle*. I have discovered a differnet sensitivity. Jojoba oil. I'm serious. I've been using plain jojoba oil in my hair, because it's very long and even the stuff my oily scalp produces doesn't make it all the way down. And it does nice things for my hair.

And my hands reacted so badly to it that they kept me awake from the itching. I finally used my husband's prescription lidocaine just to ease it. It helped a LOT. I figured it had to be the jojoba because of where it itched - the space between my fingers and the upper part of my palms. Just where the hair slips through when I apply the oil and when I pull it into a pony tail or bun. What really helped was washing the jojoba oil out of my hair. My scalp felt better, too.

I told him this, and he did a search. He found ONE other case. ONE. I'm one of two people in forty years documented to be allergic to jojoba oil.

He recommended olive oil instead.

Grin.