Pins, Needles and Weed

9 Jul

Okay… I’ve been a bad little blogger and procrastinating on updating.  (As someone insinuated in a comment below)  Things have been okay down here.  A quick and dirty rundown:

  • Twisted my ankle on June 27th outside the hubby’s office walking to Spanish class in the morning
  • Was super embarrassed about above incident as it occurred in front of the building with TONS of witnesses.
  • Was in acute embarrassment and did not notice any pain and walked the 3 blocks to class.
  • Ended up having to have 2 sessions of acupuncture to help heal said ankle.
  • Went to Valparaiso to buy a ton (6 dozen) crabs straight off the fishing boat, shared with lots of people and steamed some for ourselves.  Reminder to self, blog about the crabs later~
  • Went to Quintay to buy more crabs… the soft shelled kind and some Loco
  • Note to self… you’re tired of driving to the beach to pick up crabs >_<;;  dang husband and his obsession with seafood.
  • Had my Spanish class cancelled after 1 1/2 weeks from lack of students….
  • Working temporarily in the hubby’s office to help train his very green secretary
  • Helped Mother-in-law to make kimchee yesterday… felt very proud of myself.

So… that’s what’s been up.  Mostly.  My ankle is pretty much all better now.  After 2 acupuncture sessions it was all healed.  I have only minor aches when I really try and stretch my foot in the direction of the twist.  It was my 1st time getting acupuncture.  Let me tell you.  It was a strange experience.  I think maybe I had a total of 25 needles at least?  I couldn’t tell b/c I wasn’t supposed to move and I lost count after a while.  Not to mention it really didn’t hurt to put the needles in… well except the one in between my eyebrows.  That one kinda stung.  I was pretty surprised.  I was expecting him only to put the needles in my foot.  Rather I had one in the face, 1 in each hand below where your index finger and thumb meet, 1 in each elbow near where it hurts if you write too much, a couple on my belly, then all over my right ankle and up that leg.  After 30 min of being a pin cushion, the doc came back to check on me.  Strangely the place where it had hurt had shifted from the bottom of my ankle bone to the side.  He then placed 3 needles in the area with the new pain and lit 3 little cylinders of some kind of incense and placed them over the needles.  After that and a similar therapy a few days later I was a new gal.

I am a firm believer in acupuncture therapy now.  I think it isn’t good to overdo anything.  A funny little tidbit of info.  This incense… smells a lot like weed.  I was marinating in the smoke for a while too… so you can imagine what I smelled like.  Yup.  Smelling like weed… but that’s about it.  The funny look from the lady  in the elevator w/me was fun to deal with.  O.o

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4 Responses to “Pins, Needles and Weed”

  1. hapamama July 9, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

    The incense thing that they did with the acupuncture is probably moxibustion. Moxa is very big in traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean medicines. I’ll have to remember this for the next time I sprain my ankle.

    You mentioning the kim chee making reminded me of something. You’d be proud of me… the last time Jeff’s parents kept the 3 older kids overnight, Jeff and I went to a Korean restaurant for lunch before we picked them up. I actually ate kim chee without making faces. I still don’t care for the smell, but I have to admit it tastes pretty good.

  2. Peachy July 10, 2008 at 8:57 am #

    haha… well Eurpeans have cheese…. we Koreans have kimchee lol. I think you’re right about the moxibustion. I just wasn’t sure what it was called. Anykind of chonic pain I HIGHLY recommend acupuncture therapy. The brother in law had pretty bad lower back pain. He’s been dieting to lose weight and also getting acupuncture for maybe 2 months, once a week. He says the combination has pretty much cured him & he is w/o pain.

  3. james July 10, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    Nice touch, including the foot photo lol Are your toes swollen too?

  4. Peachy July 11, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    … no >_<;;

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