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review 2020-03-22 16:41
Five Feet Apart
Five Feet Apart - Rachael Lippincott

Did Not Finish at 17 percent.


Sorry, not sorry, this was not engaging and I found myself bored and just annoyed by this one. The characters feel so underdeveloped. Back to the library book stacks you go.

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text 2019-12-20 06:24
How to Deal with Swollen Feet

Various factors such as travelling, surgery, or overuse, etc. can cause swollen feet. During pregnancy, it is very common. However, swelling in the feet can make you uncomfortable and might keep you from moving freely.


In this article, we are going to talk about the ways of relieving the pain caused by swollen feet based on your symptoms.


But first, let's see when you need to skip home remedies and consult a doctor right away.


When to Consult a Doctor?


If you find the following symptoms along with swollen feet then consult the doctor immediately:


  • Swelling accompanied by fever
  • Pain in the swollen area
  • Chest pain, pressure or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Here are some of the issues that can lead to swollen feet:


1. Edema:


When the body retains extra fluid in tissues because of leaking of blood from small blood vessels results in puffiness and swelling of the tissue under the skin. It shows up either on your feet, ankles or legs.


Mostly Edema will heal on its own. Here are some options for treatment:

  • Limit your salt intake
  • Lay down with your feet and legs higher than your heart
  • Take diuretic medications
  • Practice Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose
  • Wear support stockings
  • Adjust your prescription medications

You might come across other symptoms like stretched or shiny skin, increased abdominal size, difficulty in walking, etc. In such a case, we recommend you consult your doctor.


2. Pregnancy:

Foot swelling is common during pregnancy as the body continues to hold water, blood and other fluids. If you have been standing for most of the day, it could be the reason for swelling as well.


Here is how you can take care of it:


  • Use pressure cushions for your legs while resting
  • Avoid wearing high heels
  • Stay in cool rooms
  • Avoid wearing tight footwear or socks
  • Avoid or decrease salt in your food

If you notice other symptoms like headache, nausea, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, etc. then you must reach out to your doctor.

3. Alcohol:

Alcohol is one of the major reasons why you may have swollen feet because your body retains more water after alcohol intake. Usually, such swelling lasts only for a few days. If it lasts longer, then it can point to signs of problems with your liver, heart or kidney issues.

Some ways to treat swollen feet:

  • Limit the consumption of salt
  • Start drinking more water
  • Use pressure cushions while resting with your feet elevated
  • Soak feet in cool water
  • Use shoes for swollen feet

4. Hot Weather:

Your feet may swell during hot weather because your veins expand to naturally cool down the body. The fluid passes into nearby tissues. This, in turn, cannot pump the blood to the heart properly, which results in swollen feet or ankle.

Here, I have mentioned some of the precautions you can take:

  • Walk every day for a few minutes
  • Use shoes for swollen feet
  • Do leg exercises
  • Make sure to drink more water
  • Use pressure cushions while resting your legs

5. Lymphedema:

Generally, cancer treatment causes Lymphedema due to damage or removal of lymph nodes. As a result, your body conserves lymphatic fluid and this causes swollen feet. Other symptoms like heaviness, lack of movement, aches, etc. are also signs of lymphedema. While it is not possible to completely cure this disease, one can take steps to reduce swelling. If the problem is severe then you should see your doctor.

Following are some steps you must take while dealing with lymphedema:

  • Pneumatic compression
  • Bandage to wrap up your feet or leg
  • Some mild exercise for fluid drainage

6. Injury:

Injuries like broken bones, ankle sprains, etc. result in swollen feet. People often recommend rest, ice, compression and elevation to help foot injuries. Many times, swollen feet occur due to an ankle sprain. In such cases, it is good to get medical help directly and try to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Consult a doctor immediately if your leg has become extremely stiff or you experience numbness. Depending on the severity of the injury, your doctor might recommend a prescription for pain relief.

Final words:

Having a swollen foot is common but if it lasts beyond a certain amount of time, we recommend you seek professional help. The potential remedies mentioned here may help in less severe cases. While moving, wearing special shoes for swollen feet may give you instant pain relief. Soaking legs in hot water regularly is effective as well.


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“...I want to be fearless and free. It's just life, Will. It'II be over before we know it.”
Five Feet Apart - Rachael Lippincott,Mikki Daughtry,Tobias Iaconis

Really love this book! Five feet apart isn't typically something I would get, I'm not so much into youthful grown-up any longer, yet my friend gave sent me this book and I thought why not? It looks quick and painless? What's more, it was quick and painless. It's an extremely fast read. This book was genuine charming and gave me every one of the feels.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-11-15 17:05
Five Feet Apart
Five Feet Apart - Rachael Lippincott,Mikki Daughtry,Tobias Iaconis



If I had known the book was written after the movie, I probably wouldn't have read this one at all. I think Justin Baldoni was involved with the film which is how I found out about the book. I read it at the beginning of the year and all I remember is they fridged the one character of color. 

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review 2019-10-23 22:28
Die on Your Feet / S.G. Wong
Die on Your Feet - S.G. Wong

Lola Starke is a PI with a trust fund. Not that she gets everything she wants—or doesn't want. Like being rid of her Ghost, Aubrey O'Connell, for instance. But in Crescent City, Ghosts are commonplace and Hosts are supposed to be happy about it. So Lola's learned to bide her time. It's served her well as a gwai girl raised in a Chinese city.

When two disparate clients won't take 'no' for an answer, Lola reluctantly agrees to both. She and Aubrey are quickly entangled in a murky puzzle of government officials, drug addicts, angry cops, and the gossamer threads of a dangerous plot. Soon enough, the past comes calling with bad news and worse enemies.

This is the '30s and this is Crescent City, where mah-jongg parlours and film studios hold sway. Where the City's highest official is a Ghost with unimpeachable power and a history with Lola's mother. Where secrets last only as long as it takes money to change hands—or a gun to pry them loose.



I read this book to fill the Ghost Stories square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.

I bought this book at the annual writers & readers conference that I attend because I heard the author speak in several sessions that I attended and I was intrigued by her description of her work. Unfortunately, the fit between my tastes and her writing isn’t the best, but it was still a decent read.

Wong has created an interesting world for her characters to inhabit--she doesn’t exactly specify where it is located, but with it’s mash-up of Asian culture, hard-boiled detective, and paranormal elements, we can assume that it is an alternate version of California. She works very hard to make Lola into a female version of Philip Marlowe. The problem is that it’s really difficult to write anywhere near as elegantly as Raymond Chandler, making the comparison of Lola and Marlowe quite unequal.

This seems to be a California that has been dominated by Asian influence, with Christianity and European culture being minority elements. It gives the Caucasian reader of European background a small taste of what it is like to be a minority group, a salutary experience.

Ghosts feature as major characters, but I found them to be much more limited than what I expected. The majority of ghosts are tied to a human host, although the ghostly Mayor of this fictional city has seemingly found a way to stay vital in the world without such tethering. I guess it is realistic that each ghost would have different abilities, just as each person does.

I’m glad that I finally read this book, which I’ve owned for several years now. I like to support local writers and I’m glad that I liked the book.

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