Friday, 29 May 2009


Can't do much gardening for a few days. Somehow, I've hurt my ankle and it was  all swollen up and painful. I have no idea what I've done to it. There are times when I do something silly and hurt myself accidentally;  I yelp, shout "ow, that hurt", hobble for a bit, then simply carry on doing what I was doing.  And promptly forget all about it. This is what must have happened.

However, help was at hand. I saw Jilly and her magic hands took hold of my ankle and massaged it. She also told me to wrap it in a cotton cloth filled with soda crystals and keep this on overnight. 

Well, I wouldn't have believed it, but it worked; the cloth was damp in the morning, the soda had solidified and the swelling was reduced considerably.  I can definitely recommend the procedure.

Just to be sure I had done no lasting harm I popped into the surgery. The doctor reassured me but recommended that I keep the foot rested for a day or two. He had no answer to my question regarding the efficacy of the soda crystals. "I don't know", he said, "I can't tell you why this worked."

Still, no gardening or dog walking for the weekend. So here are some photos of the garden I took earlier in the week.


  1. I can tell you why it worked. I am a holistic RN. Western MD's do not want to admit the efficacy of complimentary therapies. The soda drew the edema, which is the fluid from the soft tissue in your foot. Being in a prone position also drained the fluid up to the lymph glands and last but not least the TLC from your friend.

  2. Ice 15 minutes on and off helped my last twisted ankle. Not sure what soda crystals are but may try that next time. Getting old is tough!

  3. I've never heard of using soda this way but if it works - great! Hope the ankle's completely better soon. In the meantime, you've got the perfect excuse for relaxing in your garden instead of working in it.

  4. Those are beautiful garden shots, Friko. I hope you heal quickly so you and that sweet dog can walk one another. You're being smart to stay off the ankle in the meantime. Take care. :)

  5. Queenmothermamaw - thanks for the info. Jilly said something similar, so I'll believe both of you

    Tabor - Don't I know it !

    When I am Rich - Sound advice

    Lydia - Benno is looking hopeful.

    Thanks for the good wishes, everybody..

  6. Hi Friko! Hope this finds you on the mend. I have never heard of soda crystals. Where does one find them? Lovely always.

  7. Karen - Thanks for the good wishes. You find soda crystals at supermarkets and grocers. They are mainly used as an alternative to harsh cleaning materials to get rid of grease.


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