Henna story: doing the feet of a diabetic w/fibromyalgia

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Posted by Jenna on June 16, 2002 at 22:58:15:

Hello, all!

I have a henna story to tell for anyone who might be interested...
this afternoon I did the feet of my mother-in-law, a diabetic
fibromyalgic. She's in constant pain, particularly in her feet. My
DH, who's almost as into henna as I am, has been wanting her to get
her feet done for some time now, as he finds henna to be soothing and
cooling on his skin. I was really concerned that the lemon juice
would be an irritant, but then I found out that she puts perfumed
lotions on her feet quite often, so that was less of an issue. (She
decided she wasn't concerned about it either.)

She was hesitant at first, but she's so admired the designs that I've
done on myself and DH before that after some waffling, she decided to
have some done today.

She decided on a design modified from CCJ's pear blossoms in Joyous
Art. I was gentle as I could possibly be, cleaning her feet off.
She was nervous as a deer at first, but I showed her absolutely
everything as I went along: "this is the alcohol wipe - I'm just
going to glide it along your foot to clean off any surface oils; this
is the jacquard bottle containing my henna; this is the tip, which
never actually touches your skin..."

She got very quiet as I went along, where she'd been nervously
talking back earlier. When I glanced up, she was watching, big-eyed
and fascinated as a child. She let me do both feet almost without
comment. I think the henna must have felt good to her, because
normally she's not shy at all about voicing her pain. ;-)

Then, while we visited for a couple more hours, she kept poking her
feet out and staring at them in fascination - just as if she had a
new toy. Then she started looking through old needlework books for a
cross that she'd decided she wanted on her arm!

I'm not sure if the story has a point, but it was particularly
poignant for me... a woman raised in the old Southern school,
bothered daily by pain, uniquely touched by the magic of henna. It
made the day special for me. :-)

I don't have a digital cam, but I did take pics, and when I get the
roll developed, I'll post them (I have her permission).

Here's to henna!

Take care and be well,


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