You might remember this, last April, after a dastardly fall on snow-covered-ice in front of my home...
I finally caved in and made an appointment with my acupuncturist.
I've been struggling with the leftover effects of my sprained ankle from last April. I've found it gradually more difficult to walk, with hip pain and 'banding' pain in my calf and ankle. It feels like a tensor bandage wrapped really tightly around my ankle and calf, and the banding is pure pain when I walk.
I don't do well when I'm not able to get around, so this has tested my patience to the nth degree.
Cranky? You know it!
Crabby? No doubt.
Dr. Su is fantastic.
Well, there are actually 2 Dr. Su's, because my Dr. Su is married to the other Dr. Su.
I was blessed to spend a couple of hours with my Dr. Su today, and the pain in my hip has depleted quite noticeably, thank you very much!
He inserted four acupuncture needles in my right hip, right into the inflamed area.
The pain was only present while he was inserting the needles and after he stopped manipulating them, there was no pain, just warmth.
Then, he wired me for sound. He attached a clip to each needle, and the clips were wired to a small machine that allowed him to program a tiny electrical charge to each needle that caused a feeling of pulsing. Just like someone was tapping on the side of the needles...no pain at all. After adjusting the heat lamp over the area where the needles were inserted, he turned out the lights, closed the door and I slept for 45 minutes, while the needles pulsated and grew increasingly warm from the heat lamp. Very cool feeling...warmth and no pain, for a change!
After removing the needles, he then spent another 20 minutes giving me some acupressure treatments because that was less painful than more needles would be. Finally, after nearly two hours of treatment, I was ready to leave.
It is amazing to me that needles spun carefully into my skin can ease pain in my hip. I have no idea why it works. All I know is that it does. I am nearly painfree and walking like a normal person, tonight! Nothing better than this...constant pain is such a bitch. Rather, constant pain makes ME a bitch. Back to my normal cheery self, I am full of appreciation for Dr. Su and his magic needles.
I have another appointment for next Tuesday, and this time it will be a lot less painful to have the acupuncture than it was this time, as the inflammation should be markedly less by then.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Simple...what I know for sure is this...
When we have our health, we have everything.
When we don't have our health, we have nothing.
I'm so grateful for the ability of practitioners like Dr. Su and other professionals who are there for us when we need them. We live in a beautiful country, don't we?
"When the minds of the people are closed and wisdom is locked out they remain tied to disease."
~ Ch'i Po
Back on my feet, again...ready to travel!