Of course it has a point. For a little while at least, you took away someone's pain. n/t

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Posted by Lauren on June 18, 2002 at 16:20:27:

In reply to: Henna story: doing the feet of a diabetic w/fibromyalgia 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.
: 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
: 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.
: decided she wasn't concerned about it either.)
: She was hesitant at first, but she's so admired the designs that
: done on myself and DH before that after some waffling, she decided
: 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;
: 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-
: 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
: 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,
: Jenna


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