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rat-lungworm survivor Aurita Maldonado

Weaning From Gabapentin

I’m weaning from Gabapentin. I called my neurologist two weeks ago and got the low down on a “safe” weaning process from the dreaded drug. I’m going to share it with you. I didn’t have a huge problem dropping Oxycodone from my life after 6 months, but I’ve been told weaning from Gabapentin can be much […]

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Paddling the Swattie – A Cocoa Kayak Adventure

Monday night’s storms made for some higher waters on the Swatara (Swattie) and Quitapahilla (Quittie) Creeks this past week. Logically, we wanted to paddle. The owners of Cocoa Kayak, Deb and Ben Miller were planning to go play, and since water has been such an integral part of my recovery from rat lungworm, John and I happily tagged […]

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Canoeing Nantahala Lake – After Rat Lungworm

As if with the tranquility of canoeing Nantahala Lake in mind, the sun did not shine directly through the window. Instead it in slipped in silently and tempted our senses peripherally while caressing the trees along the creek’s bank with a soft golden warmth. We woke up in each other’s arms to the sweet music […]

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Healing Water – My Kind of Hydrotherapy

There’s something about healing water that puts everything into perspective. Our drive to Franklin, NC was beautiful. We slept in the back of the Rav4 at a rest stop in Virginia, and arrived at Sue and Bud’s house in the early afternoon. On Bud’s suggestion, we left the dogs at their house and went to […]

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Companion – Healing Stones

Healing Stones  – Rita and John – written in the order they came to our healer, Mickey Wesler. They were done together as one reading because she had difficulty separating our spirits from one another. Chrysacolla – Unconditional love. Continually discover new ways of nurturance. Survival intertwined with earth. Embrace the wondrous and even frightening aspects […]

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A Lesson on Healing

On the 27th of April, Barefoot Wellness Studio had an open house including: Chair massage Angel Readings Acupuncture Mini Sessions Chiropractic Free Adjustments Coral Casting Readings Healing Center (Energy Work) Intro to Yoga Live Music  It ran from 10:00 – 2:00. However, that day I also taught a Zumba class from 10:30-11:30, then drove out […]

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Post Rat Lungworm – Sensations

The other day John and I were relaxing in the sun room. I was writing, probably about rat lungworm, while he planted some more starts for the garden. We were simply enjoying one another’s presence without conversation until… John asked me, “Don’t you feel that? It doesn’t bother you?” Looking up from the computer, I […]

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Words of Wisdom (Inspirational quotes) – I Can and I Will

I was up at 3:00 AM this morning, absolutely incapable of sleep. I lay still another hour before restlessly hobbling down the stairs. I stood aimlessly in the shadows between dusk and dawn for an eternity. I’m up. What now? The dogs got fed at 4:00 AM. They didn’t seem to mind. I returned to […]

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Five Month Rat Lungworm Recovery Update – How’d We do it so Fast?

Yesterday was the 5th month anniversary since I’ve been released to my own “devices” from the Phoenix VA Hospital after battling rat lungworm for 6 weeks inside and 3 weeks before being admitted. Since the day I defied death to walk out of the hospital next to my lover on my walker, with my wheelchair […]

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Rat Lungworm – Pain Management Using Noni

In a fit of pain in February, I began to look for other people who had dealt with the same pain, the same…horrific, mind numbing freezing, burning, prickling, itching crap that I’m still dealing with daily. To be exact, I figured I could contact the man featured here: I found this informative website run by his […]

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Digging Through Pain for Pleasure

It’s been storming this week off and on. Mostly it’s been warm rain. (Thank Science, since the cold hurts me so damn much!) When I lived in Haines, I learned a saying that I thought would be a great life mantra. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just not enough gear. I lived that […]

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