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.: 1.11.2008 


Well, I finally got it done!

My friend Gigi had it done by La Doctora as well, so I knew a little of what to expect. Thank goodness, because I don't do well when people are sticking needles in me unless I know what's going on. (I suspect most people are like that.) Officially my appointment was with a resident, whom I'll call La Doctorita. Her residency is up in June, and she learned acupuncture from the same school as La Doctora. They double-teamed me with about a bazillion needles, starting in my ears because apparently the ears, like the soles of your feet, have connections to all parts of your body. Then they put some in the tops of my feet and legs for the swelling in my left leg and the pain in my right ankle. Last they put a few in my wrists and the back of my hand for my lungs/asthma. Then they dimmed the lights and let me take at 45 minute nap. Now THAT is healthcare, folks.

I was surprised how much it hurt. I mean, it was certainly not as bad as getting a tattoo, not even as bad as getting pierced, and it didn't hurt so much that I wouldn't do it again, but it hurt enough to notice and suck air in through my teeth for about half the needles. Granted, I'm a big wuss, so take that into consideration. My friend Ames, for example, said her tattoos were painless; I had to concentrate on breathing deeply to keep from vomiting while I was getting inked.

Before I left they put "tacks" in my ears, on the points of my tragus (NOT "targus", as I have been misinformed for years). An acupuncture tack is like a thumbtack, except TINY. It is basically a needle tip with a foil or cloth mushroom cap on it. They put them in and you leave them there for a little while. Mine stay in for three days. These, Las Doctoras said, would suppress my appetite. So far, I'd say they're working. La Doctora made me promise to exercise this weekend if she put them in, so on the bike I shall go.

Ear Tack

La Doctorita warned me that I might have have a crying/emotional fit later in the day. Apparently this is a side effect that a lot of people encounter? I was like, "Ooooookay," but lo! Behold my complete meltdown while trying to make lasagna last night for dinner. I barricaded myself in the craft room, ripped paper up until I felt less angry, read until I was tired, and passed out on the futon until 4am. I hope every acupuncture session doesn't bring on one of those. Of course, I can't help but wonder now if it's just a self-fulfilling prophecy and if I would have been fine had she not said anything.

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thus proclaimeth the Zabet  6:17 AM   4 comment(s)


Please remind me not to schedule dinner with you on acupuncture days...

It was fun getting to catch up with P though.

By Blogger Raellyn, at 11:20 AM  

Ay yi yi. Had I known, trust me. Sorry to have missed you. :( Hope you enjoyed your tea!

By Blogger Zabet, at 12:11 PM  

The tea is awesome! And we were running low here at Toad Hall, so double great gifty!

p.s. The lasagna was great too!

By Blogger Raellyn, at 2:08 PM  

It reminds me of when I went to a chiropractor that combined other techniques to rebalance energies in the body. I had a weirdo emotional reaction and needed a nap badly after it. Found out from others that energy work can do that to you. Of course, I heard that energy work can do that to you when someone doesn't exactly know what they are doing... hm.

By Blogger Janis, at 3:17 PM  

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