Poetry Friday ~ Slow & Work

1 Feb

Hello, everyone! Welcome.


I can’t believe it’s been nine weeks since my uterine cancer diagnosis and surgery ordeal. It’s almost like a distant memory, except I am dealing with some residual issues after the surgery/infection. Due to the infection introduced during my surgery I had to take two powerful antibiotics, one of them twice a day and the other three times a day. Taking antibiotics several times a day for so long has consequences. Of course, I had no choice, it was either take the antibiotics or die from septicemia (blood poisoning caused by bacteria).

I wanted to talk about this because many people don’t know that every time we take antibiotics we destroy many of the good bacteria in our bodies along with the bad ones, sometimes leaving ourselves vulnerable to other worse germs. Taking antibiotics several times a day for a month left me with very little good bacteria in my gut and that’s a big problem. Good bacteria are like little soldiers that fight off the bad bacteria and other bad things like fungi and keep them out of our bodies.

Both my primary physician (western medicine) and holistic doctor (natural medicine) agree that a lot of diseases stem from the gut because of all the bad bacteria that enter our system through our mouths. Replenishing the flora from my gut became a priority. Oil pulling is a great way to get rid of bad bacteria in your mouth before it enters your system, so I began doing that too.

If you haven’t tried oil pulling you should. One of the issues I had to face after a month of antibiotics was that my tongue turned white (Candida). I immediately began oil pulling with coconut oil every morning and my tongue is now rosy and normal again. Oil pulling is a great oral health routine.

Before eating or drinking anything, before brushing my teeth I put a heaping teaspoon of coconut oil in my mouth. I actually put it between the inside of my cheek and gum until it melts (it melts quickly) and then I swish it around in my mouth for about 15-30 minutes. I go about doing what I normally do, while swishing the oil in my mouth. Afterward, I go to my backyard and spit it out in a corner of the yard. Don’t spit it out in your sink because you’ll clog it after a while (it is oil). Then I floss and brush my teeth. Be sure to use 100% pure, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil.

There are so many benefits to oil pulling, especially with coconut oil. Oil pulling kills harmful bacteria in your mouth, gets rid of bad breath, reduces inflammation, and improves gum health. I also noticed after about a week that my teeth looked whiter and I had no morning breath.

So, if you’ve been sick and had to take antibiotics be sure to take probiotics afterward to help replenish the flora in your gut. Also, try oil pulling with coconut oil every morning before brushing your teeth. Doing these things have helped me significantly during my recovery, so I wanted to share it with you.

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Lovely to see you

Risen from the bed of fear

Making an effort

As you crawled toward wellness

Your pain taught us all to pray

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Slow and Work are this week’s prompt words chosen by Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer.

*The catch is that we can only use the synonyms to these words in our poems.

Colleen hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called, Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge every Tuesday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree or Cinquain poem. She is an author and poet, and also does book reviews and so much more on her blog. Be sure to check it out.

Thank you for the visit! 

63 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Slow & Work”

  1. Soooz February 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm #

    Your poem says so much about the strong woman you are. Bravo, Vashti. As I’m on antibiotics several times a year for weeks at a time I understand the risk it involves. I must admit I’ve never heard of Oil Pulling, but I will now investigate the benefits and discuss it with my specialist team. Thanks for the heads up, my friend.

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    • Vashti Q February 1, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

      That sounds great. Antibiotics are necessary but like everything else there’s also a negative side. Thank you so much for the kind words, my friend. I wish you all the best. ❤ xo

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      • Soooz February 1, 2019 at 6:23 pm #

        ❤️️Back atcha, my friend.

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  2. Gordon Bickerstaff (@ADPase) February 1, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

    Oh Vashti, sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis and treatment. Hope you will soon be back to full strength. Thanks for the guide on how to maintain a healthy gut flora. Good advice. Look after yourself and stay well.

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    • Vashti Q February 2, 2019 at 7:02 pm #

      Hi Gordon! I’m thrilled to see you here. I’m happy the worst is behind me. I feel stronger every day. I was really impressed with how the oil pulling and probiotics helped, so I had to share. Thanks for the sweet comment.💗

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  3. Mae Clair February 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    Vashti, I had no idea you had uterine cancer. Several of my family members went through the same thing. I pray your recovery is going well and you have no further problems.

    I’d never heard of oil pulling but intend to investigate it. When I was much younger, antibiotics were an issue and I still struggle with problems as a result. More than that, I’ve suffered from Burning Mouth Syndrome for eight years and oil pulling is something I’ve never tried. It might help. I’m going to investigate it and also talk to my doctors.

    Wishing you health and wellness. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    • Vashti Q February 2, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

      Hi Mae! It was rough for a while, mainly because of the massive infection I got with the surgery, but I’m happy to say I’m feeling so much better now. I’m sorry to hear about your Burning Mouth Syndrome. I would definitely try oil pulling. I don’t know if it will help but it can’t hurt if you use pure coconut oil. Make sure it’s organic and cold-pressed. Also, burning sensations are usually associated with the nervous system. My father used to get burning sensations and it was linked to diabetes nerve pain. Have you been to a neurologist about this problem? 😊

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      • Mae Clair February 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

        The nervous system is one thing I’ve been avoiding. I hear the meds have nasty side effects, so I think I’d rather deal with BMS. I may try oil pulling though. I’ve done a few other things that have helped. Wishing you lots of health ahead, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:21 pm #

      Thank you, Mae. I hope the oil pulling works. 🙂


  4. coldhandboyack February 1, 2019 at 6:14 pm #

    So just a pinch between your cheek and gum? (Ha ha!) My favorite probiotic source is quality kimchee and or sauerkraut. Not the kind that’s cooked to death before it’s bottled.


    • Vashti Q February 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

      Ha, ha. Just until the coconut oil melts then you swish it around in your mouth. Good sources of probiotics but I would have to eat buckets full to catch up. I’m glad you think about this stuff. 😊

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:22 pm #

      Craig, it took me a while but I finally got your meaning. I think I fixed the problem. Ha, ha. Thanks!


  5. Annette Rochelle Aben February 1, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

    LOVE your poem. ❤ AND I loved that you shared the oil pulling. I, too, use the coconut oil. My naturopath gave me a piece of advice about probiotics… She said that the first one we need to have in our system is Saccharomyces Boulardii. Some have to take it for a year or more before moving on to others. Here's to our best health! ❤

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    • Vashti Q February 2, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

      I’m happy you enjoyed the poem, Annette. Thank you for the information about the probiotics. I’m taking 15 probiotic strains right now, but I’ll look into what you said about Saccharomyces. Thank you very much❣️


  6. Miriam Hurdle February 2, 2019 at 1:35 am #

    Thank you for sharing the oil pulling using coconut oil, Vashti. I was on antibiotic IV for a whole week during one of the cancer treatment because the fever didn’t go away. Ten years ago I had no idea of detox of any kind.
    My husband eats coconut oil every morning for other health benefit.

    Hope you’re recovering completely very soon. I love your poem. Well done! ❤ ❤

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    • Vashti Q February 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

      Hi Miriam! I have a good friend that puts a spoonful of coconut oil in her morning tea. She says it helps with her cholesterol issues and keeps her regular. There’s so much we didn’t know 10 years ago. Thank you so much for the well wishes. Enjoy the weekend❣️

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      • Miriam Hurdle February 2, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

        Yes, my husband pit a spoonful of solid coconut oil in his mouth in the morning. He also puts it in his coffee. I then did some study about coconut oil but haven’t taken it as much as he. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

      Your hubby is a smart guy. 😉 ❤

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  7. D.L Finn, Author February 2, 2019 at 3:17 am #

    Beautiful poem about healing Vashti. Nine weeks already? Wow. I’ve tried oil pulling and it did make a difference. I have to do it again. I found it hard it do it for full time. I’m always amazed at coconut oils uses. Yes antibodies heal but your gut sure takes a hit. Glad you are taking care of that too:)

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    • Vashti Q February 2, 2019 at 8:16 pm #

      Yes, time flies and in this case it’s a good thing. Do something 20 times in a row and it becomes a habit. At least that’s what I’ve heard. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you, my friend.💗

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  8. olganm February 2, 2019 at 6:39 am #

    Dear Vashti. It’s good to hear you’re recovering well from cancer and you’re finding ways to get stronger again. Thanks for the inspiring poem and for the update. ♥

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    • Vashti Q February 2, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

      Thank you so much, Olga❣️ It’s my pleasure to share this with you.😊


  9. karenringalls February 2, 2019 at 7:35 am #

    Vashti, I am glad to read you are improving. Cancer is a scary word, but there are many wonderful treatments available today that are new and more effective. Thank you for sharing about coconut oil treatment in the mouth. I will now put that into my daily routine.

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    • Vashti Q February 2, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

      Thank you! I’m so happy to hear that, Karen! Please let me know how it goes for you. 💖


  10. rijanjks February 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

    Thank you for this invaluable information, Vashti! I am glad that you not only consult a traditional doctor but holistic as well. That’s a good balance. I love the poem. You have put the sentiment into words perfectly!

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm #

      Hi Jan! I think it’s a good balance too. Whatever I can do the natural way I prefer doing but within reason. The holistic approach tends to be a little slower than the other. I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. Thank you! ❤

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  11. Colleen Chesebro February 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    OMG!! I didn’t know this, Vashti. What a fabulous post. What you’ve gone through! I had heard of oil pulling but never understood how to do it. Thanks for sharing your ordeal to help us all safe healthy. Your Tanka says it all. Here’s to your (our) good health. ❤

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  12. merrildsmith February 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

    I’m pleased you’re feeling better!

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  13. Piglet in Portugal February 2, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi, I knew about the risks of taking strong antibiotics but never realised we could redress the balance by ‘Oil pulling’. It’s something I will research in more depth. None of us know when we will need to draw on this knowledge. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:31 pm #

      Hi Carolex! Oil pulling is just one of many things you can do. Probiotics are essential as well to get our flora where it should be. Thank you! 🙂


  14. Jacquie Biggar February 3, 2019 at 1:25 am #

    Interesting, Vashti, I hadn’t heard of this before. I’m so glad you’re on the mend. Take care, my friend!

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:33 pm #

      Hi Jacquie! I’m glad to bring this information to you. Thank you very much, my friend. ❤

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  15. Lizzie Chantree February 3, 2019 at 4:16 am #

    So sorry to hear you have been unwell! I’m glad you are healing and looking after yourself. Sending hugs.

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:35 pm #

      Hello Lizzie! Yes, I went through some rough times but thank God the worse is behind me. I feel stronger every day. I just have to build up the flora in my gut. Hugs & kisses ❤


  16. watchingthedaisies February 3, 2019 at 9:43 am #

    Thank goodness for antibiotics Vashti. They have indeed saved many lives. Candida is a big problem though but I agree coconut oil is a terrific natural remedy. I must persist with oil pulling. I start and stop…

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm #

      Hi Brigid! Yes, antibiotics are a true necessity. Yes, Candida is stubborn but I’ve been consistent with the oil pulling and it’s working. 😀 xo

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  17. Annika Perry February 3, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    Vashti, a powerful poem and one that highlights the strength within you. You’ve gone through one frightening time, yet you beat your fear and are sharing a little of your ordeal and teaching us too. How are you doing overall?

    As for oil pulling, that is a whole new phrase to me. I’ve gone through periods in my life with heavy antibiotics when there was no option and the side-effects are never good. The white tongue was one and I could have done with this suggestion then … I’m keeping this for future reference. Hope you’re off the antibiotics soon and feeling better.

    hugs xx

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:45 pm #

      Hello Annika! Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate you. I am off the antibiotics thank God. I’m feeling much better. I’m going out for long walks with my dog and doing some work around the house. I’m not overdoing it but it feels good to go back to some of routine. I’m sorry you had to go through periods of heavy antibiotics. How did you get rid of the white tongue at the time? ❤

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      • Annika Perry February 4, 2019 at 4:05 am #

        There is a lot to be said of normal and after a period of illness there is nothing better! Really makes you appreciate the everyday. Long walks are wonderfully healing and revitalising and I’m happy you can go out for these. As for the white tongue, thinking back I believe I was given yet more medication and as special mouthwash. Hugs xx

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  18. robbiesinspiration February 3, 2019 at 11:40 am #

    Thanks for this helpful advice, Vashti, good to know. A lovely poem. I am so glad you are recovering.

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:46 pm #

      You’re very welcome, Robbie. I’m glad you like the poem. Thank you very much. ❤

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  19. D. Wallace Peach February 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    A beautiful poem and a public service! I’d never heard of oil-pulling, Vashti, but my house is full of pure organic coconut oil that I use for just about everything! I’m going to add this to my morning routine. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

      That’s wonderful, Diana! I’m so happy to hear that. Coconut oil is great for so many things. I use it a lot too. Thank you! ❤ xo

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  20. dgkaye February 3, 2019 at 9:47 pm #

    Hi Vashti. I’m still on vacay, but saw this post and came to read. So glad you’re doing well now, and a great share for others. So important to replenish good bacteria when on antibiotics. And I already do the oil pull thingee and wholeheartedly agree with you on all counts.. ❤ xx

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    • Vashti Q February 3, 2019 at 10:52 pm #

      I hope you’re having a wonderful time, Debby. You deserve the time off. Yes, you’re right, replenishing the good bacteria in your gut is crucial. I’m so happy to know that you do the oil pulling. Thank you so much for stopping by and continue to enjoy your vacay, my friend! ❤ xo

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  21. mihrank February 4, 2019 at 2:59 am #

    wow – powerful and sharp lines…a great message throughout your words and approach,,,music on the rocks

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  22. yvettemcalleiro February 4, 2019 at 6:33 am #

    Both of my parents have been on and off antibiotics because of multiple surgeries for years! It’s incredible how many people get infections because of a surgery that should have taken place in a sterile environment. :-/ I am a big fan of probiotics and have done the oil pulling before. It is very healthy, and I’m happy that you were led to it to help alleviate the side effects of your antibiotics. I hope your system is well on its way to recovery and wellness. ❤

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    • Vashti Q February 6, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

      You’re right, Yvette. Either bacteria is getting stronger and bolder or surgeons are less meticulous with their surgeries. I feel like I’m recovering more and more each day. Thank you, my friend! ❤ xo

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  23. Natalie Ducey February 4, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    Vashti, you’re a constant source of inspiration! Sending huge ((((hugs))) across the miles and thank you so much for sharing your journey to wellness with us. I’m definitely going to try this. Stay well, my friend. XO

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    • Vashti Q February 6, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

      It makes me so happy to know that I’ve inspired you to try oil pulling. Thank you for the well wishes, Natalie. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Adele Marie February 6, 2019 at 5:03 am #

    Thank you, Vashti, and coconut oil has so many more benefits too for everyone. A great tip, thank you and hope you are now feeling much better and your health is good. xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 6, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

      Hi Adele! You’re so sweet! I am feeling much better and am getting stronger every day. Thank you so much! ❤ xo

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  25. memadtwo February 6, 2019 at 10:51 pm #

    Rising from the bed of fear…those are strong and beautiful words. And may you continue to rise! (K)

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    • Vashti Q February 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

      Aw, thank you very much. I’m happy you liked the poem. 😀


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