There is a fine line when it comes to sharing information and OVERsharing information. Where is that line? What can/can’t you talk about? What’s “inappropriate” to say or to put on the blog??
I was farting while taking this picture. (No. Not really. …But probably.)
Unfortunately for my mother, I am the oversharing type. Whatever needs to be said, I just say it. And I hardly ever think before I speak. Oh, it can be bad sometimes, but typically, I’m just being honest and I don’t think there’s anything inappropriate in that. (EXCEPTION to that rule –> Just yesterday at the gym, Henry pointed at a rather large lady and told her that her belly was huge. Ouch. For her and for me. Running out that door as fast as our little legs could handle was a workout in itself. Henry has either inherited my oversharing superpowers or he is, in fact, an innocent four-year old with no filter.)
Today, staying true to my very nature, I am going to overshare with you.
Today, we talk about POOP and acupuncture.
Except for me.
My Poop History
My current predicament has been, well, a RECURRING problem for most of my adult life. I’m going to put on my doctor outfit for a sec and say that the reason that I can’t poop now is due to YEARS of laxative abuse in high school and college. Full disclosure here – During those years, I took about 3 laxative pills A DAY! Do that for three years and let me know how your colon likes it. Gosh – I was so incredibly stupid. And ADDICTED to that feeling of emptying my body.
Ever since recovering from those abusive years, I poop every 4 to 5 days, maybe. It sucks! From everything I know about the human body (which is not much), I should be going to the bathroom once a day. I drink over 100 ounces of water a day. I eat healthy, fibrous foods. My stress level is pretty high, but I manage it. I exercise daily. I take a daily probiotic. But still nothing really works. I’ve even dabbled with enemas and colon hydrotherapy to help the situation, but I’m still not regular.
I don’t want to speak for others, but I’d dare to guess that some of you are with me. Constipated, bloated and uncomfortable. Looking for solutions. Well yesterday, I went in search of a solution and booked my very first acupuncture appointment.
On Pins and Needles
Walking in, I was EXCITED. I desperately need a solution to this problem, so anything that can possibly help and is natural (meaning no laxatives, aids), I’m willing to do! After reading about Janetha’s journey with her lazy colon and how acupuncture has helped, I wanted to give it a try.
My acupuncturist, Jann, immediately made me feel at ease. I filled out tons of patient history paperwork (like 4 pages!), and after looking over it, she thought that I could definitely benefit from this method. We talked for a good bit about my past history and she explained the reasoning behind acupuncture in general. I’m not going to go into the WHY’s of acupuncture – I’m sure you can google it and find all sorts of things about Traditional Chinese Medicine. To be perfectly honest, I don’t care about the philosophy behind it. I just wanted to find something that works. Is that bad? Probably.
Anyway, after we talked, I went into the room, undressed and we got started. She inserted 11 needles into various points on my body (two on my wrists, three on my belly, two on my calf, and four on my ankles). This process was PAIN FREE and I barely noticed what she was doing. She explained that every point was helpful in relieving constipation and motility problems. After the needles were inserted, Jann left the room and I was told to meditate or pray for the next 15 minutes. I nearly fell asleep – it was so relaxing to just be lying there, knowing I couldn’t get up, knowing a child wouldn’t come over and sit on my belly. I felt warm and safe.
When the 15 minutes were up, Jann came back in and brought MUG WART with her. ??? I didn’t know what it was either. Apparently, when lit, mug wart herbs create a lot of heat and are used in acupuncture to add heat and energy to a specific point. Jann filled my belly button with salt (to act as a non-flammable base for the mug wart), sat the mug wart on top and lit it on fire. I looked down and there was a fire ON MY BELLY. There’s a first time for everything I suppose. It definitely made my belly warm – the theory being that when things are warmed, they move and we need to get my bowels moving.
After my session, I got dressed and we talked again. Since Travis and I are trying to get pregnant again (!!!), Jann didn’t feel comfortable prescribing any traditional Chinese herbs. Instead, I’m to drink Rhubarb tea (which is very hard to find) or make fresh BEET juice daily. I’m planning to do both – I just need to borrow my sister’s juicer and order the tea online (<-actually did this last night).
I go back for a follow-up session on the morrow and then twice again next week. I have confidence that I’ll find a solution – I’m really hoping that this is it! I promise to keep you all updated on my progress.
Full disclosure and all.
QUESTION: Ever tried acupuncture before? What’d you think/did it work for whatever you were hoping to fix? Are you an “oversharer”?