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i have to say… and i never thought i’d say this, but i love,… LOVE… acupuncture.


i started going two fridays ago and i can’t believe i didn’t start this earlier. and everyone had been telling me for months “you should try acupuncture!”. yeah, i TOTALLY want to be riddled with needles. sign me up. but last month it was recommended by a friend who had gone through IVF and used this guy’s services. after losing the baby in august, i told myself i needed to be open to any and all avenues that might help me get pregnant AND take home a baby. when i say it like that i sound sane, but let’s be honest, i am desperate. i am willing to do ANYTHING to help have a baby. a new study says fertility increases if you eat dirt-laden grubs? i’m on it. stand on your head for 4.6 minutes a day at 10pm while facing a south-western direction? done and done.

but i don’t do things like THIS. like eastern medicine (read: needles). i am a clinician. i live in a world of black and white. cause and effect. take this antibiotic and BOOM there goes your sinus infection. don’t take it and, well, don’t complain when you still can’t breathe a week from now. but i tried to go in with an open mind. so when he had me lay on a table and show him my tongue… i was a bit skeptical. okay, a lot skeptical.  what is my tongue going to tell him? what i ate for lunch? if i brushed adequately? (oh god, did i brush my teeth??) he said it was a nice pink color (:::sigh of relief:::) and not too swollen nor too thin. i guess that’s good. now please stop looking at my tongue.

then he checked my pulses. for about 10 minutes. skepticism increasing. could he not locate them? instead, he told me he was feeling the flow to all my systems. or something. like, in Chinese medicine they classify the body in systems, so he was assessing my reproductive system and GI system (etc.) by palpating various parts of my arm. um… okay.  then he asked me 191761 questions about my health history and why i was coming to see him.  then cue the needles. i was really nervous. the first one was popped into my foot. i had clenched every muscle in my body in anticipation… and when i saw he was already moving on to a new spot to stab i realized “wow, i can barely feel this.” i concentrated on relaxing my muscles as he inserted 26 more needles in various parts of my body. and then he said chill out for the next 30 minutes. he turned on some soothing music i imagine Buddha would’ve listened to if he were still alive and i laid there.

and nearly fell ASLEEP. yup.

total relaxation.

totally bizarre. and guess what. the cysts are now GONE, not even 2 weeks after seeing my ovary swollen more than twice the size it should be. i give all the credit to acupuncture. even the magician was really surprised they cleared so quickly.

he also found a good size follicle on my L ovary (the side with no fallopian tube) and had me inject myself with a trigger shot to make it release so we could get the IVF train back on track.  :::cue official freak out:::  first injection. :::wringing hands:::

this is embarrassing. i’m a freaking nurse. i do this every day. but never to MYSELF. so i took a deep breath, and went for it. gotta say, didn’t hardly feel it. i must have ridiculously excellent technique. LOL.  so i should’ve dropped my egg over the weekend and i go in for another ultrasound next tuesday (9/22).  if all looks good we are a GO for IVF at the end of the month.  holy cow!!!

thanks to everyone for all your good thoughts and juju. they are much appreciated!

2 thoughts on “needles

  1. Thanks for giving your account of acupuncture, I’ve been seriously considering starting it too. I’m not a clinician, but I’m an accountant…and I see things very black & white too, and have really never considered eastern medicine before now….but at this point I’ll do anything to get pregnant, and stay pregnant. Sorry you had a tough time with your trigger, I can imagine even since you are a nurse it wasn’t easy. Glad it went well though. So exciting that your IVF is just around the corner.


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