• a work in progress,  eastern medicine,  western medicine

    finding balance

      There was a certain level of comfort I associated with treating my chronic illnesses with the more “traditional” approaches we associate with Westernized medicine. I might not have enjoyed relying on doctors, surgeries, and pharmaceuticals to keep me going, but I was used to it. And in a body that felt…well…uncomfortable most of the time, I found an unexpected peace in maintaining this low level of functioning day after day. I guess I could have waited until I “got better” before I gave up the safety net that pharmaceuticals provided, but having no confidence that would happen, I went for it, sure that there would be other things onto which…

  • western medicine

    why a physical therapist is the head of my medical team*

    Now that National Physical Therapy Month is complete, I feel it’s the perfect time for this post. Actually, I just didn’t have my stuff together. Oops? PTs, like nurses, are one of the many unsung heroes of the medical community. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of bad physical therapists out there {I even had a PT once who tore my labrum further}, but the good ones are invaluable. So here are the reasons for this possibly unexpected specialty choice to hold my number one spot: He gains nothing from me trying one treatment over another, or stalling as I am often one to do. This helped me…

  • eastern medicine,  western medicine

    it’s the little things

    Yesterday I was due for another round of prolotherapy. This was my fourth treatment, each scheduled six weeks apart, and it’s a two-hour car ride each way to get to my doctor’s office. The specifics of prolotherapy aren’t really important right now (but if you’d like to know more this is a good site to visit); all that’s really pertinent to this post is that because of the number of injections I have during each round of treatment I need someone drive me home. Whether driving ten minutes away or taking a trip across the country, a good companion can make all the difference when you have a medical appointment / procedure / surgery.…