The Human Pincushion – part 2

Tonight I have my second acupuncture appointment, and I thought I would update everyone about my first appointment.

Most important, and what everyone wonders most about acupuncture is does it hurt. The answer to this is only a little teeny, tiny bit, not really enough to even mention, but I thought I would so that no one goes out and tries it and hates me. I think there were around around 20-30 needles in me, on my belly, my arms, my legs, my feet, my hands, and one on top of my head. Only one of them hurt, which was the one that was put in my hand in the webbing (this is probably the wrong word, but I couldn’t think of a better one) between my index finger and thumb. I told the lady that it didn’t feel nice when she came back to take them out, and she said that I could have taken it out if it hurt, “Its your body”* (but in a nice way). Most of the others I didn’t even feel go in, and the ones that I did just felt like when you are sewing or embroidering and get your finger.

I thought sitting still and doing nothing would be hard, because I am kind of a fidgeter, but it wasn’t a problem, I guess most people fall asleep, but I don’t sleep on my back, so I stayed awake. Plus I drool when I sleep, so that would have been gross.

The place I am going to is part of the Community Acupuncture Network. So instead of going into a private room and laying on a table, you are in room full of people, and you are in a recliner. But unlike regular places, you keep all your clothes on or it would just get awkward.

When I got back I told my husband about it, and our room mate asked if I was feeling better. I told him no, since I felt fine to start with. He looked confused until I told him it was to try and get pregnant. It will take at least a few weeks to notice any difference, which is a little disappointing.

I asked the lady how often I should come, and she said “Well, if you were in pain then I would say twice a week, but unless you want to get pregnant tomorrow…” I told her that tomorrow would be ideal. So she said that I should come twice a week, and after a few weeks they might prescribe me an herbal preparation to go along with the acupuncture.

I really want to see the other lady (there are two ladies that do the acupuncture at this place) because she is supposed to be really good at “reading” menstrual cycles, but she works early in the day and not on Saturdays. Hopefully I can make it in once or twice while she is working.

I feel really bad, because the place has a sliding scale payment plan, where you pay between $15 and $35 each time you go. I planned on paying around like $25 each time, but our money ran out super quick this pay period (because we paid ALOT on our washer/dryer payment this month) so its going to be the bare minimum a few times. So I will look like a deadbeat, but whatever.

The best part about my first treatment was that there was a special going on that I didn’t know about, and I didn’t have to pay a penny for the treatment!

*quotes are all approximate, and not necessarily exactly what was said, just my best guess from a crappy memory*


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