Today was my first hospital appointment of the year, taking on board that my new approach is to attend them with more positivity and make a more concerted effort to leave my negativity in the past.
My side kick for the day was my oldest (still on her school holidays), she is a brilliant companion, helping me around, making sure we have a toilet stop before we head to where I need to be, “you don’t want to be needing it when you are in there, do you Mummy?” As she ushers me in, she is like my second mother so caring and considerate of all my needs lol.
I am under the illusion that I am heading to the physiotherapist department for some help with my balance, think I have touched before on my balance and spatial awareness e.g judging depth of stairs, steps, curbs, or the floor feeling like a swimming pool, but mainly when my pressure is high I tend to become really unsteady on my feet, wobble off balance, vear to the right, unfortunately for me I can look drunk, without a touch of alcohol passing my lips!
When I say under the illusion, it is what I was told when they rang me to book me in, I was taken for my intial new patient consultation, and Vicky the physiotherapist explained she would be helping me all she could to reduce my IIH pain and to see what could be done for my balance, she was lovely, perhaps this was my positivity kicking in but I felt like finally someone was doing something that could work or reduce the symptoms at least, but when she pulled the Acupuncture word out the bag, I couldn’t of been more happier, back last November I was lucky enough to meet up with someone else with IIH, someone who understood my daily grind, she was also able to enlighten me with things that helped her, and Acupuncture was one of those things, so I mentioned this to my Neurologist who said the waiting list was around a year and to expect a long wait, he said he would refer me, so you can imagine my excitement when Vicky said she would be doing it today!
Vicky told me that one of the great advantages of traditional Chinese medicine is that it has an entirely different theoretical framework based on the flow of energy, or ‘qi’. It is possible that she may see signs of disruption to the flow of energy or blockages which may, from a Chinese perspective, be responsible for a build up of pressure at the top of the body in the head. Some of the classifications in Chinese medicine thought may appear simplistic but often accord with how people experience their conditions – ‘feel like I’m sinking inside’, ‘feel like my head is about to explode’, and so on. The clear understanding of the various flows and how they are disrupted can often point to systemic problems which treatment may help to alleviate.
As the needle came out of the packet, my loyal side kick looked utterly horrified grabbing my hand, caressing it and telling me it will be alright, I immediately reassured her that I would be fine, it doesn’t hurt (I hoped) and that it was to help my head, Vicky too assured her it was nothing to be alarmed about, but she didn’t have to watch, but there was no moving her, she was there, that was that lol.
Apparently the needle positioning and how many etc will change with each appointment. But for today that’s where they were, they were left in, all whilst lovely daughter was reassuringly rubbing a part of me she could find that didn’t have a needle in, looking quite repulsed, even more so when I asked her to be my photographer!
Vicky told me I would possibly feel more tired than usual later in the day, but to go with it, and it may reduce my pain slightly.
I can’t say yes I feel amazing, but I can say that my right eye doesn’t feel as sore and pressured as it did previously this morning, so small positive steps, yay.
I’m back there next week for longer, so will you keep you posted on how it goes.
Do you remember the floating turtle that my oldest was demanding in a previous blog, So Kev and I said she would need to earn the money to buy it, as we had spent enough over Christmas, using her initiative she asked Kevs mum if she had any jobs that needed doing, this resulted in her spending the day with Nanny on Tuesday and earning the money.
So on the way back from the hospital, we popped into Argos and made a purchase.
After seeing that the frog was £9.99, cheaper than the turtle, the frog was by far cuter than the turtle in her eyes, I personally think the excitement that she would have £5.00 left definitely swung it for her and the frog is now the lastest addition to the Andrews household!
I think she loves it that bit more knowing she worked hard for that money, and her excitement was a lovely end to our morning out!
- Day 1 of this years Hospital Appointments ✅
- Day 3 of healthy eating ✅
- Positive vibes ✅
- Frog 🐸 toy ✅
I hope your day was a happy and healthy one!
Big ❤ ASIBTAF xx