At lunch today, I went to a local acupuncturist for my initial consult and first session. By the end, I had decided it’s not for me. I know I could try to find another local acupuncturist, but ultimately my experience was bad enough that I’m kind of turned off by the whole thing.
Yesterday I filled out nine pages of paperwork, detailing my diet, activity level, bowel movements, health history, etc. I was honest about my current diet, but honestly I’ve been more focused lately on enjoying life than I have been about undertaking a clean diet, knowing that with the start of BCPs on Friday, the junk food will be thrown out and more fruits and veggies will be eaten in our household.
So I was pretty surprised when the acupuncturist began chastising me for my poor eating habits. I figured she would realize that due to my break in treatment, I haven’t needed to follow a strict diet. Yes, I partake in desserts sometimes (not every day). Yes, I drink caffeine (but I don’t guzzle it all day long). I’ve just been trying to get through the DL treatment and have been taking it easy on myself. It’s not like I’m out drinking a fifth of whiskey and snorting an eight ball or something! I have always considered my BCP start date as the beginning of the final stretch, the time during which I will return to a cleaner, caffeine-free diet. I don’t think enjoying food over the past few months makes me a bad person!
And when we began discussing my medical history, oh my goodness was she doom and gloom. She told me that I have low kidney function (not sure how she came to that conclusion?), that my endometriosis represents a larger clotting problem, that I need to see an immunologist ASAP. She said that I should have started acu three months ago because there is so much work to be done. She said that she pretty much guarantees that our FET will fail if I don’t agree to three-times-per-week sessions. I told her we’ve already spent more than $25,000 and at this point our budget just barely allows acu once or twice per week. I told her that I’ve taken tons of time off work (at a company that has had numerous layoffs this year) and can’t bend my work day 3/5 of the week so that I can receive acupuncture. She claimed I’m just not making this a priority. I got upset and told her that since she is feeling so pessimistic, I would just leave since apparently acupuncture won’t be beneficial at this point. No surprise, she quickly changed her tune and insisted that acu would be beneficial, but that she cannot guarantee my success (as if I even asked her to). But she insisted that it would help with blood flow and that “if” my body responded quickly, there was hope. And then she regaled me with stories of all the barren women that she “fixed.”
By the time she started the actual treatment, I was sweating. I couldn’t relax because she had completely taken away my zen feeling about our CCS normal 5AA “perfect” blast. My heart raced as I tried to relax and listen to the music flowing over the speakers. When she pulled out the last needle, I knew that she had spoiled it for me. And the final kicker came at the end, when she told me she would pray for me, because that’s all we can do (all while she was weirdly rubbing my back like my mom used to do when I was sick as a kid).
So needless to say, I’m not going back. I’m glad I went, because I will still add acupuncture before and after our transfer at CCRM for relaxation, and I like that I will know what to expect. But personally, it’s not for me, and I don’t even have a desire to seek out a different practice. Bummer.
Here were my diagnoses (in Eastern medicine terms):
Kidney Jing (Life Essence) Deficiency
Dampness (Have to laugh about this since I told her about my hot flashes, and also because I plainly told her she was stressing me out)
These are foods/preparation methods I need to avoid:
Wine, alcohol, and soda
White starches (bread, noodles, etc.)
Cooking with butter and cheese
This is what I should be eating:
Two fruits daily
Two vegetables daily
Two proteins daily
100% grain bread
High protein (helps with egg production)
High antioxidant juice (wheatgrass, pomegranate, acai, green tea extract, etc.)
Brown rice, brown noodles, millet
I do agree with her food recommendations to a certain extent, but I think that’s all the advice I’ll be taking from her! I know acupuncture is beneficial for many people and that I may have an entirely different experience elsewhere, but I’m choosing to skip it and follow my instincts. Back to Westernized medicine it is. : )