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ME, MYSELF & I

“We can’t become what we need to be remaining what we are.”

— Oprah Winfrey

When I read this quote, I felt a little jot inside me. I suppose this is what is called an “epiphany”? I pondered, ‘…am I really doing me or what? Am I OK with me? Where should I look for the real me? How should I treat me to be the better me? Can I, to get there? Or, am I too comfortable with this me or this imitation me? I’m beginning with the voice(of my inner-self) that I often ignore. I wonder where I “could” be in one year?…if I listen to what people often say, ‘something told me to….’. I bet she’s quite smart if I listen.

PEACE

WEDNESDAY WISDOM

HAND AND WRIST HEALTH

How do your wrists feel? Are they a little tired or sore from all of the work from home work(computer, iphone or stirring)? Our hands perform a variety of tasks every day, from gripping a steering wheel to typing on a keyboard. These repetitive motions can create weakness and stiffness in your wrists, hands and fingers. As a nail technologist, it’s my thumbs!

Practicing simple exercises can help prevent injury. Exercises can strengthen your wrists and keep your hands and fingers flexible. So here are a couple you can try right now:

Always speak with your doctor before attempting new stretches or treatments. It’s important to determine the exact cause of your wrist pain FIRST.

While standing, place your palms together in a praying position.

Have your elbows touch each other. Your hands should be in front of your face. Your arms should be touching each other from the tips of your fingers to your elbows.

With your palms pressed together, slowly spread your elbows apart. Do this while lowering your hands to waist height. Stop when your hands are in front of your belly button or you feel the full stretch.

Hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds, then repeat.

Next, extend one arm in front of you at shoulder height.

Keep your palm down, facing the floor. Release your wrist so that your fingers point downward.

With your free hand, gently grasp your fingers and pull them back toward your body.

Hold for 10 to 30 seconds.

How does that feel? Remember take it slow and never cause yourself any pain.

Until next time. GRACE & PEACE

What is Palmer Hyperhidrosis, Continued?

Palmer Hyperhidrosis is continued from last week. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes perspiration far greater than the physiological needs of the body.  Although no one knows why some individuals sweat excessively, it is known that the sweating is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system.  Excessive sweating may be episodic or continuous.  Hyperhidrosis of the feet is Plantar Hyperhidrosis and often happen in conjunction with the hands.

Job-Interview-With-Sweaty-Hands-300x189For the 2%-3% of the population who have hyperhidrosis, however, the sweat glands don’t shut off. They sweat even when the circumstances don’t call for it: when they’re in air conditioning, or while they’re sitting and watching television. Some people even tell their doctors that they sweat in a swimming pool.

Well, what does that have to do with gels?  Well, small water droplets started to form around her cuticles. Surprise! gels and water don’t mix.  The process was a two-finger process.  Two fingers were polished, then placed into the LED lamp, set gel(15 sec).  By the time the moisture formed around the cuticles, the gel had set. After the thumb, one minute.  The final result was a great looking basic French, clear base and white tips.  I loved the challenge.

 

Sweaty Palms or Palmer Hyperhidrosis

I recently encountered a young woman who wanted a French set of gels for her vacation.  I was more than happy to oblige.  As I checked her nails before going under the LED, I noticed that I could see the nail at the cuticle without any product.  All five nails!  The gel had pulled away from the cuticle or the product was separating.  I apologized, removed the gel, cleaned the nail and reapplied the base coat.  Thinking, ‘I might not have removed all of the oil from the nail plate.’  Again, the product pulled away from the cuticle.  I noticed she kept wiping her palms on the towel.  This time, I thought some nail filings was bothering her.  She admitted that her hands and feet sweat a lot,  all the time. She was my first client to want gels with “sweaty palms”.  However, I’ve had many clients that has moist hands or sweaty palms.  My mind was racing.  ‘How was I going to make this lady happy with her set of French gels?’

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This condition is known as Palmer Hyperhidrosis.  Excessive hand sweating can be a serious problem both in social settings and everyday functional activities such as opening a door, writing a paper, driving, computer usage or signing your name. These are just a few examples of how palmar hyperhidrosis can affect a person.  Many activities we often take for granted.

Normally, your sweat glands produce perspiration that’s carried to the skin’s surface when the air temperature rises, you develop a fever, you’re exercising or you’re feeling anxious, nervous, or under stress. When those factors are no longer an issue, the nerves that signal sweating are put on hold.  But, not for those that suffer with “sweaty palms” and feet.

Part II next week

WEDNESDAY WISDOM

WORRY?

Can we do anything really about what we worry about?

We spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences but less time, more medicine but less wellness. We read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values… These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, of fancier houses but broken homes. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life; we’ve added years to life but not life to years; we’ve cleaned up the air but polluted the soul.” ~~~David Myers

Where do you stand with your worries?