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Dog Drugs and Travel Update

There's an older husky living here who is on 3 meds. She's on metacam/meloxicam which is an NSAID, for her arthritis. She's on levothyroxine (synthetic T4). And she's on DES (diethyl stilbestrol), yes, the same one that they used to give pregnant women that ended up causing all sorts of malformations in their offspring. DES is used in canines to prevent urinary incontinence. Who knew??

I'm interested in your ideas about where I might consider setting up a naturopathic medical practice in the west. Have any suggestions as to places or people I should investigate in the northern half of the western US? When I leave Flag I am going to explore that region on my way back to PDX, and I have never been there before, so I do not know where I am going. Montana for sure, and Sandpoint, Idaho.

I arrived in Flagstaff yesterday morning just in time for my dentist appointment. I haven't found a dentist that I trust yet in Portland. The dentist in Flag is a character, and I like him. We've had our arguments about xrays and records and whatnot, but in general he appreciates my point of view and I appreciate his. He dated a friend of mine for a couple years after I left Flag, and he was working to impress upon me what a cool guy he is and how she should reconsider dumping him. I will ask her about it, but I won't take up his cause.

After my dentist appointment I went to a yoga class. I really love this one studio and set of teachers in Flagstaff! They teach Anusara, and while I am not a John Friend worshipper, I do enjoy the fruits of his synthesis yoga. I also enjoy The Yoga Experience because they include such a variety of asanas in every practice, and because they do not limit the asanas to beginner level only. Why do the same asanas over and over when you can broaden your practice, challenge your body and mind, center your soul? It is good to stretch in new directions. It is good to try things that you cannot yet accomplish. Seems like every yoga teacher I've found in Portland teaches the same set of basic asanas with only slight variations. Yes, they are worth practicing, but how can you have a full yoga practice without inversions or twists? I like hand balances and inversions and back bends and twists! Not just the standard basic ones, but all the variations! It is such a joy to go to a class that challenges me. It puts me in my place, breathing, trying, accepting, celebrating.

After the class I was exhausted. I hadn't eaten much for the last two days while traveling. I was not quite fasting, but I was eating very little and drinking a lot of water. I probably should have eaten more before doing a vigorous practice. I ate a lunch yesterday and a breakfast this morning, so hopefully I'll have more verve for the rest of today. I'm going to get to drive my potential "new" truck sometime soon. I'm at Suz' place, she has a very neat room at a friend's house on the east side of Flag. Right beside where the burn is.

The burn has not had as big an impact as I thought it would on the community. I was in touch with Suz and D when the burn was happening, and both of them were completely freaked. But the other people I've talked to are calmer about it. They're realistic, that this type of forest is meant to burn. Now the preparations are happening for the inevitable floods that will happen in this neighborhood now that the forest will not moderate runoff. There could be mud slides. I think this house is relatively safe because it is on a moderate slope some distance from the steeper apron of the mountain, but the owner is going to put out sand bags to protect it. I hope that she places them in such a way as to actually divert the water. If you try to block a flow of water, the water will blow out your barrier. You can't block the flow. You can only divert it.

Looks like I may spend up to 2 weeks here in Flag, depending on how long it takes to get the truck ship shape and visit all my friends. I am actually enjoying Flag more than I did when I lived here, so far. I really thoroughly enjoyed my visit in Utah too, and the drive down here. I spent several hours on a mountaintop meditating, along highway 20 between I-15 and Hwy 89. And I slept on Antelope Flats, before crossing the Pariah. Twas lovely out in the desert, and refreshing to be alone. I often find the jabbering of people disturbing these days. It is very nice to be alone with the pinon pine and sunflowers. And it is nice to spend time with people, when I am really ready to spend time with people.

OK, off to meet my new truck and find out what's wrong with my cell phone.


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Jul. 9th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
The burn has had a huge impact on the community, especially those people who live in Timberline, up against the mountain. Not so much for those on the lower areas, although they may get a lot of slurry. Lots of impact yet to come.

While it is true that Ponderosa pine forests are designed to burn, they are not designed to withstand or easily recover from a crowning fire like the one we had. 100 years of poor forest management and overgrazing put our forest into an incredibly vulnerable position. There are still areas where the ponderosa forest is how it should be, and burns occur naturally and move slowly through the native grasses, fertilizing the soil and burning out the saplings that would cause overcrowding of the forest. That is not what happened here, and people who aren't concerned are ignorant of the facts.

I know a couple of experts who would probably be happy to share if you are interested in learning more.
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
We're in Timberline right now, kind of near the top of Campbell. Got two truckloads of sandbags placed this evening. I have studied fire and been witness to it in several places now, and am not as clueless as one might expect an easterner to be....I get it. I hiked the aftermath of the pumpkin fire, where there were fewer people to see. I studied fire with the USFS planning to work on a fire crew, then never did it. I understand the damages better than your average white girl. And I see that life goes on, people take the lessons and the losses and move forward. Or they don't. We are a blip in the great scheme, so we might as well enjoy the flowers that still bloom as to mourn the ones that are gone. ..... The more I write the deeper I feel my hole getting. Talking to you on the phone tonight tells me that my words may not sink in. Just know that even though humans are a blight on the planet, the planet will continue. Evolution will continue. Life will continue. We will not destroy everything. We are not that powerful. In that I find some relief.
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I completely agree. I know the forest will recover. I also know it will not happen in our lifetime. On my side, I still look at a beautiful green mountain.

The point I am trying to make is that the fires that we have been experiencing in the past 40 years are not the fires that nature intended. WE caused the situation that allows the fires to be devastating rather than nurturing. A lot of factors contribute.

I see the situation from all perspectives. I feel for my friends who worship the mountain and have to look at its charred remains every day, while they sit on property that will continue to lose value over time.

I'm not in a deep well of depression. A little down, yes, but not devastated. I've got other things going on that contributed to my flatness last night. I'm actually doing pretty good, in the scheme of things. :)

Edited at 2010-07-10 02:10 pm (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
T, I don't think I'm going to be up for a hike tomorrow. It's going to be my heavy-flow day of my period; I feel pretty crummy today. Would you be interested in doing something besides hiking (or maybe doing a short hike like fatman's loop), and having a hike day next week or weekend?

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