Monday, June 11, 2012

How do you feel about streams? Of consciousness?

So I'm here. After an unintended, unwanted, disgruntling break from blogging I'm here.

And while I've missed you all terribly - Has the Diary of Why started her new job? How is the evolving revolver? - I've been too tired, too stressed, and too I'm-not-even-sure-what to open the web browser.

Last week, Inspector Climate's other grandfather passed away. And while this grandpa was a little bit more unwell, it was just sudden and just as unexpected.  And so, there were trips to country Victoria (twice in one week - oy) to visit family, attend funerals, and comfort those that needed comforting.  Those were followed by long trips back to Melbourne, in the late afternoon or late at night. I'd be exhausted trying to make conversation in the car instead of sleep. Subsequently, I was homesick. I had nightmares of being robbed. Nightmares of one of our family horses being sick and dying.

My schedule has been thrown out of whack, and if you've read this blog at all you know how much that doesn't make me happy camper.  Last week, despite my exhaustion, I forced my self to go to yoga five days in a row in some attempt to bring some normalcy.  I ended up exhausted and run down.

I took this picture over a week ago to show you some results from my Chinese Medicine Doctor visits:

Last week she did some Chinese cupping and as she removed the cups she said "oh my, I didn't think these would bruise like that..." and I just smiled and said "I'm impressionable."

The bruises are almost gone now - there are only some faint marks on the ones that were the deepest purple. I'd never had cupping done before. I quite enjoyed it. And I like to think that the marks that it left, and the resulting cold that came a day later were the toxins leaving me.  That I'm fresh and new again. My body is free.

And how are you?


  1. Yikes, you're all polka dotted.

    Thanks for the shout out. Not yet. :)

  2. So sorry to hear.

    That is an interesting pattern on your back. I'm glad its working though.

  3. Awww, poor IC. Hope he and his family are doing okay.

    Hope the nightmares are over now?? *hugs*


  4. Hahaha! I scrolled down slowly and in that picture I saw two REALLY FUNNY looking boobies with big red nipples! With the rest of the picture makes more sense.

    Joking aside: I know JUST how you feel. I've missed you immensely and I am sorry to hear you've had a family loss. I hope your life does indeed regain balance soon.


  5. I'm sorry to hear about Inspector Climate's grandfather. Also, I'm glad that cupping worked! My friend has her very own cupping kit and it definitely works for her too

  6. I've been missing your posts! I'm so sorry to hear about inspector climate's grandfather. I hate having my schedule out of whack too. Yoga can be the most torturous activity ever when you are run down or not into it. Hope you're back on track!

  7. Oh my goodness, that looks so painful! I've never heard of cupping before...

  8. Well I hope your life returns to normal very very soon. I'm with you on the whole no-schedule-being-a-bad-BAD-thing.
    And I'm sorry to hear about all the sorrow as of late. I hope everyone is doing okay.

  9. I had Chinese cupping done just over a year ago and my "bruises" were the same or maybe even worse. Apparently its quite normal.

    In traditional cupping techniques, they draw the blood to the surface and then strategically and surgically cut the skin to let the "bad" blood flow. It's an ancient form of healing that allows the body to rejuvenate and create fresh (healthier) blood. My uncle had it done once and said the results were amazing! Hope you're feeling better!

  10. So sorry to hear about IC's grandfather. I will be praying for the family.

    I am glad that the cupping made you feel better! But oh my, that picture and thinking about the process is making me all queasy inside. Definitely not for me!

  11. I also bruise like that after Chinese cupping. It's fun being spotted.

    Sorry to hear you have had such a tough week.

    BTW you don't happen to see Amanda for Chinese Medicine do you?

  12. Ah very sorry to hear his other grandpa has now also passed. :-( My condolences.

    And I'm glad you're feeling better after the cupping, and that the bruises (eeeek!) are almost gone.

  13. Don't feel bad.. I'm impressionable too.

    I've been wanting to try that form of TCM.

    Hope all is well now. :)

  14. I;ve never tried cupping though it was quite popular in Hong Kong. I'm too much of a chicken... Anyway, so sorry to hear about your stress! I've been a little stressed myself, so I sympathize!! Feel better chica!

  15. I'm sorry to hear about IC's grandfather. Love to the both of you!

    I've never experienced Chinese medicine but I'd be totally open to it. I love that you can see the marks as I'd probably react like you did -- it's just an indication of better things to come :-)

  16. My condolences to IC, his family, and yourself. It sounds like a sad time for you.

    I've heard of Chinese cupping before, but I didn't realize it left such noticeable marks on the body. I googled it to find out more, and it seems really interesting! I'm thinking of getting back into yoga this summer to help with my stress and anxiety in France. You're an inspiration :)

  17. the same thing happened to my sister when she did cupping. and she really liked it too. I want to try it one of these days. I'm sorry to hear about Inspector Climates grandfather. My deepest condolences.

  18. I'm so sorry for the families loss, even if someone is older or unwell it's still not something you're ever prepared for. Thoughts are with you.

    The bruises actually look kind of cool (I like good circles and symmetry!) but also pretty painful and horrific! I'm glad you felt like it helped tho xxx

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  19. Wow! I'm sorry to hear about another family member passing.

    The cupping really did leave a mark! I really want to try that but I bruise fairly easily so I never have done it.