Saturday, June 2, 2012

Team McGowan

The end to a really, really long week - my weekly massage.  Boy, does that sound decadent or what?  I feel so spoiled....oh, wait a minute, MY massage has nothing to do with decadence and everything to do with functioning!  Bummer.  For a minute there I forgot who I was! 

I think I've mentioned I've had a few health issues over the past few years.  (Few is an operative word, but we'll work with it for now.)   Over the past three years, I've been going for acupuncture treatments on a weekly basis at the Charlotte Acupuncture and Wellness Center (CAWC).  They've done more to give me back my health than any of my doctors-  seriously you Doubting Thomases!  It truly works.  In fact, my doctors call everyone at CAWC, Team McGowan!  

Let me introduce you to my 'team':  Hope - aka Goddess du Needles, is the one who helped me to determine I was gluten intolerent, and basically who gave me back a normal life!  She's held my hand throughout all of my fertility treatments and has helped me in ways that no one else could with her knowledge and big heart. 

Todd is the other 'needle master' at CAWC and has spent many hours trying to rid my body of the evil trigger points that attack me.  He's amazingly patient and talented at getting those boogers to sit down and leave me be!  He's the quiet one - the guy amongst the ladies, but he can handle it - give him a bottle of Zhung Gu Shui (aka Stink Juice) and look out! 

For those of you who aren't lucky enough to have trigger points (heavy sarcasm), here is the definition of a trigger point from  A trigger point describes a taught band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points are tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. So ouch right?  Basically, they are smallish knots of hell that take up residence in the most inopportune of locations- the least of my favorites is the one on the left side of my neck that keeps me from turning it and the mac daddy of all of them - the one by my right shoulder blade; that one 'clunks' every time I move my shoulder!  Awesome!

SO, Hope and Todd double team my body and get things to calm to a low roar and keep my body level so I can sleep and manage pain.  Cue, Tricia.  Tricia is basically the clean-up hitter of my pain management team.  She's the tiniest thing, but don't let that fool you- her hands should be registered lethal weapons.  She could probably render me incapacitated with her pinkie, but instead has a way of talking me through the pain and helping me to laugh about it.  

I get how my body is connected, so when I go in to see Tricia - let's call her Evil Hands, I can just tell her that I can't turn my head or move my shoulder - and she knows exactly what to do without causing me undue pain.  THAT my friends is skill.  I think the thing that makes it all smooth, is the calm, funny manner in which she attacks, I mean treats me.  I can handle me some pain, don't get me wrong, but it sure is nice to have someone who is causing me pain, do it in a way that makes it tolerable.  Whether it's the cursing or the paleness of my face, Tricia just knows when I've had enough.  :o)

Everyone at CAWC treats the whole person -which honestly is I think the CAWC is all about.  When you know you're going to be in pain, you mentally have to brace yourself to keep going back week after week, even when you know it will help in the end.  But the combination of mental AND physical support keeps me going.  The people keep me coming back.

So far, I think I've been almost kicked out of the CAWC about 5 times - for laughing too loud mind you.  When I'm getting my treatments, we all talk about really stupid things.  Things that I wouldn't be able to explain to you without looking like a crazy person - so we'll avoid that today.  Let's just suffice it to say, when they are done treating me, I still have a smile on my face.

Don't get me wrong, I hate Tricia on Saturdays, but on every other day of the week - she's one of my favorite people!   :o)  I'm really not sure what my life would be like without Hope, Todd, Tricia, Jennifer, and the entire CAWC team - but I know I'd rather knot know!  

So, thanks to you guys - for everything....

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