After I moved to my new apartment last year I bought a new rocker recliner upholstered in a microfiber fabric. The color is called Oyster. I wanted it to use mostly for rocking my now 19 month old grandson and 4 year old granddaughter. We love it. We call it Grandma's big chair. What? Why yes, I did say I purchased an oyster colored chair -- a color somewhere between white and light beige -- with the intention of using it with young children. Microfiber -- let me tell you, that is one kid friendly fabric that cleans up like a charm. I highly recommend microfiber for people with dogs, children, or who are just a little messy.
Besides the fact that I am 61, out of shape, and overweight my body seems to be taking a beating from a few things I do. My toddler grandson weighs about 25 pounds. Being left handed I carry him in my left arm any time I pick him up. I carry my purse hanging from my left shoulder. While I have less in my purse than most anyone I know, it is still a little heavy. Grocery bags, library bag of books, anything I carry I carry with my left hand. I walk my dog, Zoe, at least 5 times a day. Most of the time I hold her lease in my left hand as we walk in "I smell cats and other dogs" speed. Zoe is almost stronger than I am and we are working on how she pulls on the leash when she wants to go faster than I do. If she actually sees a cat, dog, squirrel or something blowing in the wind (I think she has a vision problem) she can kick up her speed and it becomes a tug of war between dog and Momma. I win, most of the time, but my shoulder bears the brunt of it. On top of all of that, I wake up with my left shoulder twisted underneath me as I have slept on my side most of the night. Thus I have knots in my shoulder and back muscles that ache like crazy. All day long I keep thinking they hurt so bad I would cry if it would help any.
When we went to Wal-Mart yesterday I told my daughter I wanted to get some Icy Hot, or something similar, to use for my aching shoulder muscles. Just above the Icy Hot product was this Blue Stop Max gel --- an emu oil product. Someone told her it would help her fibromyalgia pain but she had yet to try it. My daughter really thought that was exactly what I needed. Now, being on a fixed income I watch my pennies pretty close and this stuff was $9.99 for 4 oz. I balked at spending that much, so she said she would pay for half and we could both try it. Still seeing $ signs, I finally agreed to give it a try.
What does my chair, $ signs and emu oil have to do with each other? Well, I had my two youngest grandchildren with me on that shopping trip. When we got home I sat the Wal-Mart bags down while my daughter and I got busy changing a diaper, greeting the dogs, filling glasses of ice water. My helpful 4 yr old granddaughter got busy unloading the bags for us. When she got to that pricey little jar of emu oil gel product it was just too tempting. She took it over to my oyster colored chair, took off the lid, and spilled about half of the jar of BLUE tinted gel into the seat of my chair. It is just liquid-y enough, the consistency of not quite set Jell-O, that it slid right out of that jar pretty quickly. All I could see were $ signs, BLUE $2.50 an ounce $ signs. I tell you what, my daughter and I were scooping that stuff back in the jar faster than we have cleaned up anything in a long time!
After my daughter rubbing the product into my aching muscles last night and twice today they actually do feel better, for about 4 hours or so at least. During those 4 hours I don't feel like crying from the pain so maybe I am on to something. Actually a little bit goes a long way and it has a nice peachy smell. I plan to keep using it and hope it really works. If I think it works I am buying the 16 oz bottle available at Sam s at $1.50 an ounce instead of the little jar. Have any of you used this product and had good results? I really would like to hear from someone that has actually used it. It would be just my luck to buy the larger bottle and figure out my first impression was just the placebo effect and it doesn't do a thing.
And yes, I know, you would think I could tell if it helped or not. It seems to, but I don't trust myself. Does anyone else do that???? Not trust their reactions and perceptions? Or is that just yet another real weird thing about me.