Friday, August 15, 2008

Inspiration

My first experience with acupuncture went fine. I like the lady who does it, which is nice. I’ll have to ask her more how it works, because I don’t really understand it. First I laid on my back and she stuck needles in my feet, lower legs, and one on each arm and hand, and a little disturbingly, about three in each ear.

There was a small prick as each needle went in, and then I nothing or just a faint burn (especially if I moved the muscle it was in). The ones in my ears I could feel as pressure the whole time they were in. Then I just laid there for fifteen minutes. After the allotted time, the needles were removed and discarded and I flipped to my back, where the process was repeated.

There wasn’t much pain, but I have to admit it was a tad unnerving to lay there knowing I had needles sticking out all over my body. And when my nose started itching, I didn’t dare lift a studded arm to scratch it. ;-)

All that said, it was definitely worth it and wasn’t bad at all. This weekend I seem to be able to do a little more with a little less pain, so it seems the meds and acupuncture are, indeed, helping. Praise God for that!

Tuesday was my middle sister’s birthday. She’s had a challenging year, trying to finish her biology degree with debilitating health issues. She’s worked so hard, and is almost done, but probably won’t quite finish her incomplete class in time to officially graduate in 2008.

SisJ is a wonderfully sweet, caring lady, very sensitive to the feelings and needs of those around her. I’m proud to have her as a sister and friend. It’s really nice having her back home now. Mom, Sis, and I went out to a birthday dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, our favorite restaurant--an everything-natural salad buffet with homemade soups and breads. It’s perfect for the two of us with our many food allergies.

Last night I had the opportunity to go see a presentation by Coco Roschaert, a Deaf-Blind Canadian lady who just got back from working in a school for disabled children in Nigeria. After a hiatus here, she'll be going back for another year and a half. Yesterday’s temperatures were over 100 (thankfully we only have a few days a year that hot) and we were all crowded into a little second-story room with no AC. But it was worth sitting there drenched in sweat to get to hear the stories Coco told.

Until just ten years ago many disabled babies born in Africa were left in the forest to die. Considering that, access for the disabled has come a long way, however is still far behind America. Coco’s job at the school was to find places on campus that needed improving or better accessibility.

Coco mostly uses tactile sign language to communicate. (That is, she gently rests a hand on the signer’s dominate hand to read the signs while they sign pretty much normally.) In Nigeria so few Deaf-Blind people are educated or employed that tactile signing is not well known. Instead, the people there attempted to talk to her by actually physically grabbing her hands and forcing them into the signs they wanted--very alarming and uncomfortable for her. She said the first few weeks her arms were covered with bruises.

All of her stories were very inspiring. Coco went all the way to Nigeria. And, Fibromyalgia or no, I can definitely get through the rest of school with God’s help, and face whatever else He has for me. Bring it on!
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5 comments:

Lori said...

Wow Sparrow...what an experience! Coco sounds like and is an extraordinary woman. Even w/her disabilities (and they are great), she is speaking volumes!!

Great post.

Joanne Sher said...

Coco DEFINITELY sounds completely fascinating. SO glad you had a lovely birthday with sweet sis, and that the acupuncturist appt. went well, and seems to be reaping some benefits. (I would be TOTALLY freaked out having thing stuck in me like that)
Love when you blog :)

Jules said...

Amy, I do feel for you that you suffer so much pain but can I urge caution with the acupunture? My understanding is that it's intrinsically connected with eastern religions. I could be wrong, but I would suggest that you seriously research it.

I've put off commenting because I didn't want to impose my beliefs on you or anyone and I do know of Christians that think it's okay. But I also know Christians who wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, so I felt that I had to at least warn you and then you can decide for yourself.

I do want you to get pain relief. I just don't want you to get mixed up in something that's not God-honouring. I don't really know enough about this and should research it more myself, but I felt that I needed to speak up. I hope you understand.

Laury said...

Thanks for sharing, Amy. Love you!

Sparrow said...

Thanks, all. :-)

Jules, I definitely appreciate your thoughts. I know acupuncture can be connected to Eastern Mysticism, but the treatment is proven by western medical testing to be founded and to work completely separate from anything religious. I'm keeping a careful eye out, but so far I feel comfortable with the treatment and my acupuncturist.