My Acupuncture Story

Medicine Man’s Top Secret

Medicine Man Terracota HorseThe horse’s name was Medicine Man’s Top Secret. Really. On a crisp Spring day, my horse-friend’s idea to charge into a full gallop, caught me unaware, and set us on a path that would change my life.  In an attempt to slow his speed, I turned Secret in a wide circle, but only managed to be flung from his back and into the dirt, as he pranced off without me. The pain that followed in my back, was profound and had only slightly abated, after a few weeks.  It was at that time, that I ran into a friend who offered to attempt to alleviate my distress.  He is a licensed Acupuncturist.

I was so impressed with the intense interview and preparation involved in the procedure.  My Acupuncturist was very concerned and patient, asking very specific questions. I have worked in Western medicine for over 24 years; the first four in Radiologic Technology and the last twenty-plus as a Medical Sonographer.  In all those years, I have assisted many physicians, and not experienced the thorough, conscientiousness demonstrated by my Acupuncturist.

It has been my observation, over the years, that more and more physicians have lost, or never developed, the ability to be good interviewers, and thus, good clinicians.  Instead, tests are ordered and medications handed out, so that they have basically become, the wielders of the prescription pad.  The merits in taking the time to truly hear the patient’s complaints, to extract pertinent information, helpful to a possible diagnosis of the real problem, is too often overlooked, or simply, not attempted.

So, my first experience with acupuncture, was a pleasant surprise.  My Acupuncturist asked questions and listened, assessed my condition and determined what needed to be accomplished.  This left me with an incredible amount of confidence in my practitioner, and helped me to relax, which was especially valuable, as the Acupuncturist was about to put needles in me!  The treatments turned out to be very effective and my back pain was incredibly relieved in a short period of time.  It became obvious to me that acupuncture should play a major role in therapeutic rehabilitation.

When a second horse incident occurred, a couple of months later, I was left with even more extensive trauma, and some big decisions. My right shoulder, my Ultrasound scanning arm, my livelihood, was seriously compromised.  Adhesive capsilitis was the outcome of adhesions incurred from the primary injury, a tear in the labrium.  Although I never missed a day of work, the level of pain I now functioned with daily, gave me a new appreciation for those souls in chronic pain.  Furthermore, I worried about my future as a Sonographer.  Maybe I should consider a change of profession?  I wished to do this, while still using my years of medical experience. I considered many possibilities, such as becoming a Physician’s Assistant, but ultimately, felt that the perfect fit, would be acupuncture.

Because of my commitment to my health and acupuncture, I developed an even stronger shoulder, and a new perspective on how I wanted to spend my life.  Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine became my calling.  My Acupuncturist set the bar very high for professionalism, compassion and knowledge. My goal was to emulate this example. In choosing this ancient medicine, I am pleased to say that I also discovered a fresh outlook on my views of medicine.

When considering the years of emotional, physical and financial costs that were required to accomplish the Masters programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, I truly gained a wonderful, fulfilling career that suits who I am. Striving to help people that are suffering, in need of help and giving the best to everyone that enters my doors has really proven to be the most exciting, challenging, rewarding experience of my life.  I saw thousands of patients as a Sonographer, but nothing compares to finally being able to really help people to improve their lives, in a way that Western medicine cannot.

I believe in living a God-directed life, and I can tell you that changing directions is not as difficult as being fearful on an old path.  Most people would probably say that it would have been better to have stayed on that horse, but I am grateful for being thrown into a new path by Medicine Man’s Top Secret…Acupuncture.

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