Hey, Internet! Want to see my ear?
I spent a lot of the day on Saturday in bed with a migraine. This made us late to our neighbors' party. My headache was better by the time we went, but definitely not gone as this was my monthly many-day migraine. Here is where having lots of friends in the medical business comes in handy.
One of our party hosts is a physician assistant who took a training class in acupuncture. He was not a believer in what he calls "voodoo witchcraft" before taking the class and using it on patients who were also not believers, but who experienced immediate pain relief. Including me.
(Do we know how to party or what? In between kickball and birthday cake, medical procedures in the kitchen! While curious doctor and nurse partygoers look on.)
The pins are meant to stay in for three days. Mine started coming out the next day, mostly because I kept forgetting they were there and scratching my ear. The three in my lobe are still there though, four days later. My headache did start coming back after pins started falling out, but one full day of no headache pain at this point in the month is kind of a miracle.
Raj is taking the class this Saturday. It's something he had been interested in doing for his patients, but believe me, I intend to take full advantage at home. So in addition to occasionally popping my SI joint back into place, he will also be called upon to pin my ear at least once every four weeks. Probably he didn't anticipate that agreeing to "in sickness and in health" meant becoming my own personal holistic healer. Too late now!
In exchange, I will continue to provide on-demand spelling services and explanations of pop culture references. Plus I clean the toilets. It may not provide any actual pain relief, but we do what we can.