I get acupuncture at the New England School of Acupuncture, at a greatly reduced rate. I hadn't gone for over a month, first because I was feeling too weak to get out of the house, and then because they were on semester break, but I started again last week with a new student intern and a new supervisor (students give the treatments in close consultation with the supervisor, who is a member of the faculty). My new intern is Nate, a young, slightly geeky looking guy, who told me he'd be using Japanese techniques, different from the Chinese acupuncture I'd been getting from two different students since I've been going there. I was quite surprised when he brought in the supervisor, as the two previous ones were Chinese women, and this was a very obviously Jewish-looking guy named Martin Feldman (almost the same name as my Marty, who is Marty Federman! I took it as a good omen.
When I was there last week I was having an awful day, almost too weak to go, although Marty managed to get me out of the house. When Feldman came in at the end of the treatment to ask how I was feeling, he said in a very confident tone, "We are really going to help you," and I took the whole thing as an omen. And, amazingly, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling remarkably good and have felt good all week. This morning I was somewhat more short of breath than I've been (but still incredibly better than last Monday), so I am very curious to see how I feel when I get up tomorrow morning. Last week, instead of going out for lunch, as we often do when we're out, I told Marty I was too tired to even sit up and I just wanted to go home and get into bed, and I slept most of the afternoon and evening. Today we not only had lunch, but ran errands (Home Depot, Whole Foods, and the pet store), and although I was quite breathless when we got home I certainly wasn't exhausted, and I didn't need to nap. But it's pretty late now and I'm going to sleep. Tomorrow will be a good day even if I feel lousy--it's Inauguration Day!