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Message from Clara Dewke
It has been a long time since I have contributed to FlakeHQ.
For the people who were not around when I introduced myself [Message
from Clara Dewke, July ‘97] I am Mrs. Ed Dewke.
A lot has
happen to me since I last spoke with you.
We have a new grandson and another due in June.
But that’s not the story about me that will probably be made into
a movie with Julia Roberts playing me.
Here’s that story:
I developed P
after I Ed and I were married. I
did not know what P was until I met Ed. I
learned so much about it from Ed I contracted it myself.
What other explanation could there be? (More
about those early years is in my first letter. [link above])
Last May we
inherited a cat named Koko from my eldest daughter.
That made three indoor cats in our household.
Two cat-hating Dalmatians live across the road from us.
These dogs roam at night and are known for killing cats around the
horse barns. (In fact, their
owners speak with pride about the dogs keeping the feral cat population
under control.) You can see
where this is going, but don't
start crying yet.
daughter was staying with us when what follows took place.
One evening, after dark, she decided she needed some fresh air and
raised a window that had a loose screen.
Koko discovered this real quick.
An hour or so after Ed and I had gone to bed, the Dalmatians from
across the street were on the prowl and caught Koko in our back yard.
Well, I was
sound asleep when Angie (our daughter) screamed, “The dogs are killing
Koko!” Loud enough to wake
me up on the other side of the house.
I jumped up from a dead sleep and took off
running like Supergirl — Julia Roberts will be able to do this
part really well, don’t you think? — to rescue the cat.
But, instead, I slip on a fresh-waxed kitchen floor and break my
shoulder, wrist, and crack my cheek bone — plus acquire minor aches and
pain in lots of other places.
But, you know
it, my P went away during my weeks of recovery, except for my feet, which
continued to flare, crack and hurt.
I continued to
doctor my feet as best I could, applying some prescription topical steroid
ointment when they became unbearable.
This went on for about a year — it was great to be almost P-free!
— daughter Lisa (Koko’s original owner), began to sell Melaleuca
products and she encouraged me to try one called “Sole to Soul.”
This is billed as a “revitalizing foot scrub and foot lotion.”
Since using it, the P on my feet has gone away and I can finally
walk without pain.
Then, this past
March, my dental office staff went to Atlanta, GA, for a seminar.
I was on my Friday afternoon, making my way back to our hotel on
the shuttle bus used to move conventioneers around the city and, when I
got off the bus, I was hit by a car. Don’t
cry yet. But do you know what
happened? My P came back —
except for my feet!
come up with an explanation for that one. Maybe now that I’ve taken my
strange case public, he’ll figure it all out to earn a respectable role
in the movie (in which my character will be played by Julia Roberts).
If you have P
on your feet you should try some “Sole to Soul” from Melaleuca.
Their web page for “Sole to Soul” is http://www.melaleuca.com/cart_index.cfm?PassedPage=list_catProds.cfm&LastCategoryID=3&CategoryID=64
Or, for more information, you can email me at [email protected]
— I’ll pass your inquiry along to daughter Lisa.
It has been a
pleasure sharing my experiences with you. As both a spouse and a flaker, I
do know what you are going through. Remember
to watch for the movie! Best Regards, Clara D.
Response: I verify all of the
above is true. Clara elected
not to mention that, when she took her dive in the kitchen, there was even
MORE hollering and that finally got ME up.
In addition to being the one who ultimately fetched Koko back into
the house, I also sat on the floor consoling broken Clara (who was
slipping into shock — quieter, really, than I ever remember her!) until
the ambulance arrived.
The “Sole to
Soul” that’s got my wife so excited belongs to a long family of
Melaleuca “personal care products,” most of which are made with
Melaleuca oil, which comes from the famous “tea tree” plant.
Many flakers have used tea tree extract for years to treat their
psoriasis. We didn’t make
this connection until months after we started using some of the products.
After “Sole to Soul” cleared up Clara’s feet I did some
research and found the connection. –Ed