Slipping and sliding, many of us manage icy roads

NEIGHBORS

February 15, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

The Maryland ice slip-ades continue, with my neighbors in strong contention for the Olympic ice-driving competition.

While "liberal leave policy" becomes the latest perk to attract quality employees, my neighbors -- being postal employees, nurses and other "essential personnel" expected to take care of the rest of us who foolishly leave our homes -- have earned their way to fame in mastering the intricacies of ice driving.

This is no game for amateurs, but these people have done well in their precompetition practices.

They have gunned their way up a 60-degree hill coated with ice, controlled the car while it leaped over the mountain thoughtfully left by the snow plow on its rare excursion into our neighborhood, smashed hundreds of feet of ice, and made it to work.

While at work, they take care of those of us who have broken various limbs trying to imitate their virtuoso performances.

It has been interesting.

And, as an added benefit, they are getting in better shape.

We have all built our arm and back muscles hefting snow, and the ice has made this muscle-building sport even more beneficial.

Most people are unfamiliar with a digging bar. It weighs a mere 30 pounds or so, and no gym equipment can begin to test your muscles more than two hours or so of pounding the ice with it.

You can just feel your muscles getting stronger, and you will know how strong they've gotten for days afterward.

Think about it.

We all are tired of snow, and nobody wants any more ice, ever, but it has been a great way to get in shape, hasn't it?

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Because shoveling makes most of us too exhausted these days to even try to make it out of the driveway, it could pay to explore alternative methods of treating flu and other miseries without going to the doctor.

Doug Campbell, a homeopathic pharmacist, will be on hand tomorrow night at the home of Michelle Wilson in Eldersburg to discuss homeopathic remedies for flus, colds and other ailments, and will review the basic principles of homeopathic medicine.

"I've been practicing homeopathic medicine for myself and my family for five years now," said Ms. Wilson, a member of the Eldersburg Homeopathic Study Group.

"I started when my sister sent me in the mail a homeopathic medicine for my child, who had gone through three different antibiotics without clearing up the ear infection. I gave it to my child on faith, and within an hour the pain had abated, and the infection did clear up."

Ms. Wilson said several of her neighbors, who are nurses, became interested in homeopathy after realizing she spent a great deal less time than they did taking their children to doctors.

"You have to study the remedies because each one is specific for an entire range of symptoms, and can have effects on all parts of the body," Ms. Wilson said.

"What you want to find for a treatment is the one that is necessary for your particular symptoms, and you have to know when it is time to dispense with homeopathic remedies and seek the help of a physician and take the antibiotics or other remedies of conventional medicine."

The study group, which has been meeting for the past 18 months, welcomes new members.

"Each month we discuss one remedy," Ms. Wilson said. "We each take one part of the body and study the effect of that particular remedy on that part. Then we meet and discuss what we've learned, and plan next month's meeting.

"Lately we've begun to invite speakers, and Mr. Campbell, from the Medicine Shop in Baltimore, will come and speak to us this month, if, of course, the weather permits."

Anyone interested in joining the homeopathic study group should call Ms. Wilson at 781-6521.

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