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This week I am grateful for my feet.
I was lathering up in the shower and I got to my feet and saw how black and dirty they were. Which is a direct result of Summer. So many times I am out in the yard without shoes or socks. Or the sandals I wear let in the grime from the streets on the bottom of my feet. I sure love Summers so I didn’t feel bad seeing how dirty they were.
As I was scrubbing them I was noticing that it was taking a lot of effort to get them clean. Mostly because I have developed thick calluses on my heels and toes. I could probably count the number of times I have gotten a pedicure in my life so it makes sense that my feet look a little overgrown and wild. My toenail polish is chipped and about 3 months old and my heels are puckered for lack of moisture.
But they don’t slosh around when I walk and look like a balloon I blew up like they do when I am retaining water when I am pregnant!
And guess what? I they make it so I can walk! And Run! And Pivot! And Dance! And do all the things!
As I sit here and think about all the things I am able to do because of my feet, how easy my life is because I have feet. How much weight and pressure I put on my feet daily. Oh my glorious feet! How I love them!! All the places I have been able to go, all the things I have been able to do, and my feet have gotten me there.
I took a few minutes to close my eyes and imagine my feet, I went over in my head every part of my foot, each toe, each toenail. The veins, the bones, the muscles, the nerves, the ligaments. All the parts that make is possible for my feet to do it’s job. A job I most definitely take for granted.
A few weeks before I was born my dad was playing basketball and snapped his achilles tendon. Because his foot became useless, his entire leg wouldn’t work to hold up his body. He had to have a cast on it from his toes all the way to his mid thigh. All the pictures of my birth and me as a baby have my dad on crutches. But over time his body healed!
How thankful I am for my feet, maybe I will go treat them to a pedicure this week, they have been doing a great job.
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Education is KEY to setting yourself up for your best possible birth. Knowing your options and how to advocate for yourself makes a huge difference.
With the main reason people develop hemorrhoids is from pressure in the bottom, it seems unlikely many women will experience pregnancy and birth unscathed.