Well, the Bells Palsy has subsided and my face is as back to normal as normal will allow my face to look. During the immediate concern from friends and family (since we all thought it was a stroke at first), a friend of my Fathers suggested acupuncture. In fact he recommended it so highly that he sent me $100 to try it. My first response was "why would a man who sticks himself all day with needles and finger pricks pay someone money to stick him some more?"
Now I never look a gift horse in the mouth, so tomorrow at 9:30 I will find out what all the hub bub is about. My left shoulder is always tight, my Dr. says it is where I keep my stress, so this is what I will have them concentrate on. This will be a good week since I am on vacation and have no where to be.It's time to relax. My sugars were in the 350 range while I was on steroids and anti-virals. They are currently between 180 and 240 while the steroids leave my blood. I can't wait for normal, I get so tired when they are running high.
But I digress. If anyone has any good acupuncture stories, I for one would like to hear them now, good or bad. After my treatment, I will come back with my results.

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Comment by Kathy on July 31, 2009 at 6:08pm
I have studied acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for the last 8 years. I don't think I'll ever graduate from the program taking one class every few months, plus the tuition is expensive.
Acupuncture can be immensely helpful in maintaining health and treating chronic conditions. With a condition, however, you cannot expect immediate results. It may take several treatments over a few months to get any results. Although I have heard of people getting immediate relief from various muscular/skeletal disorders.
I hope you are going to a qualified practitioner, and not some chiropracter who took a weekend seminar. The first part of diagnosis is feeling our pulse and looking at your tongue.
Then you may be needled. I find that the longer a person has been n practice, the less they hurt. Sometimes if a needle hits a space that contains blocked energy, it will hurt a lot, but that's a good sign. After you lay awhile with the needles in you will begin to feel very relaxed and might even drift off to sleep.
Please be very careful if they prescribe herbs. Some Chinese herbs are extremely potent and could collide with other western meds. Be sure the doc know about the diabetes and anything else you might be taking.
Please keep us posted. I'd love to hear how this tuns out. Good luck.
Comment by Mike Greenblatt on July 31, 2009 at 8:01pm
Thanks Kathy. Yes, I found a real Asian acupuncture clinic. I am currently on 12 different meds for Diabetes, cholestorol, blood pressure and anxiety. I don't think I should be mixing herbal treatment with it. I called a lot of places before I decided on this one, let's hope I chose well.
Comment by John Smith on July 31, 2009 at 11:28pm
If it walks like a duck...etc. Don't waste your time/money.
Comment by Marie B on August 1, 2009 at 5:42am
I went to a seventh-generation Chinese acupuncturist in So California years ago. I had a frozen shoulder, and she completely healed it in about 5 treatments. When I got it in the other shoulder, it didn't work as well. oh well, I say give it a try. I went again here in NJ a few years ago when I had a wicked case of tennis elbow. It was very helpful. It's incredibly relaxing, I know, it's weird, there you are laying on your back with a bunch of needles in the back of your neck! and yes, be careful with the herbs.
Comment by Mike Greenblatt on August 1, 2009 at 8:44am
Since this adventure is being funded, I am not really worried about the money. Given the opportunity, I will give most things a try, although jumping from a plane is not real high on the list. My big dream is to ride in a Bi-plane at least once before moving on. I read a lot of Richard Bach as a teen and that inspired that dream. It is expensive, but will happen sooner or later. Ok, enough babbling, I am off to the acupuncturist.
Comment by Mike Greenblatt on August 1, 2009 at 8:46pm
Well, what can I say. Strange, yes, but not painful. I was afraid to move a muscle not knowing where the needles were, then one nostril began to itch and run. The man doing the treatment was very nice. After a consultation where I turned down any herbal help, I was told this could take several sessions, preferably close together. During the treatment he told me how he used to scoop ice cream for Swensons (true, but go ahead, insert joke here). Like a chiropractor, it takes several visits which I don't have the money for and it takes $500 for the insurance to kick in. As much as I enjoyed the lesson in Eastern medicines vs. Western medicines, I am still partial to doctors and medication. It just seems less psychosomatic. I think I would rather just get a nice massage. There is a school out here that does it for $35 for an hour. That is in my price range.

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