Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Needles and tonifiers

Jan has been going to a Dr. Acupuncturist from China. She exhudes all this knowledge about how the body functions from a completly different perspective than alopathic physician$$$. She provides quite a sharp contrast about what "care-giving" and a "care-full" person looks like. Jan enjoys the slow pace and relaxing environment when she sees her.

We have been quite dissapointed with an endless list of generalist and specialists that Jan has seen in the past few months. All of them seem to be more interested in their own agendas than providing Jan with reasonable explanations about her progress or challenges. One common element I have witnessed in them is the lack of patience with Jan's communication difficulties. Problably the only exception is Jan's family doctor, who happens to be a woman also.

During the acupunture sessions, Jan lays down listening to soothing music, sometimes she falls asleep. About a dozen needles are inserted in her stomach, some of them with a small electrical charged. Her toes or her firgers move involuntarily as the small electrical current passes through the nerves. After the session, Jan feels great. Sometimes she can see the improvement in her movement or coordination. Is it all in Jan's head? From the outside people can see steady improvement. So, we leave the debate between Western style of medicine based on drugs, and Oriental medicine based on a more holistic approach to the experts. One thing we know: Jan is benefitting from this type of therapy.

The unfortunate part is that this is not covered by OHIP, so it is out of pocket expenses. Regardless, jan continues with this and with the NUCCA therapy she receives from the chiropractor.



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