Friday, May 6, 2011

I think I found my first gray hair today.

I blame it on baby loss. I've never been more stressed out and anxious in my life. Nothing has ever come close and I doubt anything could ever beat it, either.

So what's a girl to do, huh?

I mentioned having acupuncture done and I've been going the past 3 weeks now. I like it. I don't love it, but I obviously like it enough to fork out the $20 each time and go 4 times.

Here's what I like:
  • It's relaxing. I sit on a heated massage table or in a nice La-Z-Boy recliner for about 30 minutes with nothing else going on around me.
  • They play nice, relaxing music that also gives me the sensation of wanting to urinate sometimes. When has water dripping ever been relaxing?
  • I might be a masochist. I actually quite like the needles being pierced into my skin. 
  • I fall asleep-- the true test of relaxation.
  • It's fairly cheap.
Here's what I don't like:
  • I'm not convinced it's not a load of BS. Does it really work, or is it just a mind game?
  • It costs $20 each time. I know. It's not a lot of money. But it's $20 and I'm cheap.
  • I have to drive there and drive back home. Sounds stupid, but driving in traffic and being stopped at traffic lights with people cutting you off (read: Chicagoland drivers are terrible) does not relax me. As soon as I leave, I automatically tense up behind the wheel. That, and since I'm obviously good at being a statistic of bad, rare news, I also fear getting into car accidents.
So there you have it. I've done 4 treatments and the acupuncturist asked me how I think it's been going and if I'd like to continue. He said there are 3 categories:
  1. I hate it and never come back.
  2. My "issues" are resolved and I don't come back-- at least not until the symptoms return.
  3. I continue coming back but less regularly, like 2x/monthly.
I laughed when he said #2 because honestly, will my "issues" or "symptoms" of stress and anxiety ever go away? They'll obviously, hopefully decrease over time, but disappear? Hardly. I've always been a Type-A worrier with a schedule and a plan. Anxiety = me.

Here are some fancy photos I took before I started relaxing, but post needle injection:




5 comments:

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

Yikes, those pictures are wild! :) Anxiety = me, too. Awesome, right? Baby loss just increased it. Double awesome.

LauraJane said... [Reply to comment]

Sexy. ahhaha :)

I am in the "love it even if it's absolute BS bc I believe in placebo effects and don't want to jinx shit" camp. :)

That, and if you do it and I don't, I worry more. ahhaa

Team Clancy said... [Reply to comment]

AHHHHH!!!!!!! I could NEVER stand those needles. I cringed just looking at the pictures of you :-)

d.a.r. said... [Reply to comment]

I've always wanted to try it for my headaches, but I just can't believe that it isn't total BS...ha!

SuzyQpon said... [Reply to comment]

I had a few gray hairs before being a BLM, now I have a ton. Stress does make your hair gray I don't care what anyone says!