Can You Adapt to the New Format? Time for my Acupuncture.
“Will and intellect are one and the same thing.” Baruch Spinoza
August 1, 2020 Saturday
It was time yesterday for my acupuncture adjustment and I couldn’t wait. Apparently I was so looking forward to it that I was an hour early. I had put the time I needed to leave on the calendar instead of the appointment time and thought that my appointment was an hour earlier. It worked. I had enough time to go next door to DeLallo’s and pick up a few things for dinner before my appointment.
If you’ve never been to this store, the first thing that will probably strike you is the incredibly stacked and beautiful produce. Everywhere. It’s an engineering marvel. Each pepper or carrot or whatever is lovingly balanced and each row rests comfortably upon the row beneath. It kind of speeds up your trip because there is no need to pick through. Each piece is perfection. so I did my best to make my way quickly so I wouldn’t be late for my appointment.
I got a little hung up at the prepared food counter. I haven’t figured out their system yet. Seems like some days you need a number and some days you don’t. Some sections like the sandwiches and cheese (which bookend the prepped foods) you do and the prepared food you don’t. So eventually my turn came up and I got their melt in your mouth Mediterranean seafood salad and some stuffed cod for dinner. I was intrigued by a spicy cabbage salad so got some too. Would it be like kimchee? We’ll find out. Then I asked for ice. That stopped the whole production. No, they don’t give you ice. On a hot day. Buying prepared seafood. Okay. An older deli gentleman pointed me to the freezer case and the bagged ice. That would work. I had forgotten my cooker since I haven’t driven my own car in a while. So I made a last stop at the bakery and went to check out with time creeping up on me.
This is such a cozy store. They have such a huge variety of Italian classics yet it feels like a neighborhood market and as such, has its quirks. I decided to go through a different check out lane this time because the one I’ve gone through in the past is kind of sloped at the end. You get your cart so far and then it starts to roll while still trying to empty it. Surely that was because it was a repurposed building or something like that I thought. So into a different check out lane I went and sure enough, same thing. Must be intentional but I didn’t have time to find out and didn’t want to bother the check out associate. When I politely asked her for another plastic bag, she pretty much threw it at me. I wanted to put the ice in it with the seafood and then I was delivering some things to a friend. Thinking it was great DeLallo’s PR, I wanted one of their bags. Off to my appointment I went and arrived in time.
After having my temp taken, answering a few questions and getting settled, I had time to look at the acupuncture posters in the room. Did you know that each of our ears is shaped like a fetus in the womb and that is where the acupuncture affects our bodies? I did not.
Dr. Gerold came in and I was full of questions. I wouldn’t get to see Dr. Gallagher today but I was in good hands with this Dr. G. He questioned how the supplements were working, if there was anything new I’d experienced? It really is a mapquest approach. We don’t want to go too far and get totally off course. I was still pretty energetic-almost hyper. I talked all the time to Jay’s dismay. I was behaving like I did BEFORE I had my thyroid irradiated 20+ years ago and worst of all, I couldn’t stop. He said that it didn’t seem to him that I was talking fast or over him…but I felt like I was. Surely I was? No, you’re not. Well, that’s good to hear but I told him that it feels like I am all the time and fast! I’m talking fast. He asked if I felt manic. And I said yes. Like my mind is going a mile a minute and I’m getting so much done. He said that was great sign that things are working. Well I guess that’s good news. I mentioned that for the first time of having my yearly eye exam, I hadn’t needed a new prescription for lenses. She said the change was so small that it wouldn’t make any difference. That’s fantastic he said. Oh! And I told him that I had been stung by about 20 bees. That’s good, he said. Really? And my hands swelled up. That’s good he said. Really? And I took prednisone. That’s bad he said. And I quit taking it. That’s good he said. The stings are great for your immune system he said and asked if my mouth or throat had closed. No. Then don’t take the prednisone. We’ll explore this further. In the meantime read the article my friend Mary wrote for my newsletter about onions and bee stings Don’t Let a Little Sting Ruin Your Summer
He set about the treatment. To make a long story short, the acupuncture is being used to treat my cholesterol, thyroid and adrenal system. As he inserted the needles (which are like thread thickness and you can’t feel pricks or pain) I asked questions. At one point, he needed to put a few in my abdomen and I needed to lower the waistband of my knit skirt. I felt a twinge in my back on the right side around my waist. There were a few needles in there already. I didn’t say anything thinking that I had just twisted wrong. So when he finished the needle placement I asked him to go over again where they were and what they were for. He said that a few were for my adrenal gland and pointed to the exact spot I had felt the twinge in my back. Incredible to me but no surprise to him. He said that my adrenal system will get a chance to relax now and he left me in a darkened room for 20 minutes. It’s like the relaxation at the end of a great yoga practice, which I have to do more.
After the treatment, I got to talk to the nurse and she helped me navigate through my new directions. Reducing a few of the supplements and explaining a few that I wasn’t clear on. My cholesterol has always been on the high side but thank goodness what makes it high is the good cholesterol. He still wants to get it down so I’m on a supplement called cholesterol factors at twice the recommended dose. It’s a proprietary blend with a red yeast rice extract as a base and I have a friend who used it and lowered her cholesterol by 100 points. I know that it works. I was hesitant to try it because traditional medicine says to stay away from it if you have thyroid issues. So home I went, feeling peaceful, calm and confident that I’d live another day.
I dropped my goodies off to my friends, got my hair styled by the wonderfully talented Ivana and spent the rest of the evening canning my tomatoes.
That’s a story for another day!
Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!