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Nice to be needled

Ooh, I got to have acupuncture today. It's been ages since I've done that. It's relaxing in itself, and very effective for the kind of pain/inflammation problem presented by piriformis syndrome.

But more than that: they talk to you. They listen. They (a practitioner, her student, and a supervisor) spent at least fifteen minutes just asking me about my health, habits, and history, and I felt heard and observed--a healing thing in itself, perhaps especially so for someone who lives alone.

And wow, has my profile ever changed since the last time I had healthcare. My diet is awfully good, my exercise habits are above reproach, my weight is edging down into "normal" territory, and I felt like a good little student getting A's in all the teacher's favorite subjects. It was ridiculously awesome.

It didn't hurt that it's a glorious May day, and that my appointment at the acupuncture college gave me an excuse to ride Eleanor O. for ten miles in the sunshine.

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