Acupuncture · Life


I’m talking to you Powers That Be.  Listen, I’ve taken care of plants for about 3 years.  Two mint plants have survived 3 seasons.  I’ve taken care of a dog for about 2 years now.  I’ve kept a dog alive and happy for two years.  PAY ATTENTION!  I am fully capable of taking care of life forms PTB, please send me a baby to take care of too.

I had my first acupuncture session today.  I was surprised at how little pain there was.  My acupuncturist was really kind and gentle.  I liked him a lot.  He was also very friendly and made me feel comfortable.  In addition to fertility, I wanted them to treat this foot pain I’ve been having.  Some heat treatment on my foot stung a little and there was some pain when he put a needle in my head but aside from those two instances no pain whatsoever.  The pulses were pretty cool too.

Halfway through my session, the director of the clinic came in to talk to me.  He asked me some questions about fertility and if I’ve ever been checked out medically.  I said no.  (This is where it gets good guys hang on.)  He said I should get checked out (after only two months trying, really?).

I said “Well, I’ve been pregnant before.”

“Well that was 15 years ago!”

This statement alone doesn’t carry too much sting to it, but the way he said it really stung.  His tone was dripping with “you are a withered old hag, are you sure you should be TTC?”.  Trust me.  That was the total subtext.

He went on to ask me if I ovulate.

I said I did.

“How do you know?” he said.

“I take my temperature everyday.”  LIKE YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO.

He went on to say that I could have a temp rise but not ovulate.  According to TCOYF this is extremely rare.  He also went on to say I could have PCOS.  PCOS charts are pretty distinct and my chart doesn’t much resemble a PCOS chart.  Furthermore, he explained I could also have blocked tubes.  These are the reasons I am not knee deep in children (or could be 20 some years of BCP).  Now, of course, I’m not a doctor.  The director could be right.  I could have some problems.  The bottom line is I don’t know.  He further explained that I should get checked out ASAP because I am of advanced haggish age especially in the fertility world.  (Okay, maybe those weren’t his exact words.)  Charting, as well you know, doesn’t always sit well with practitioners because as I’m sure I’ve said before there is no money to be made in charting.  So I’m not entirely sure I want to run right out and get checked out after ONLY TWO MONTHS TTC.

In truth, he does have a point.  I am old as hell, but to attempt to counter that argument, a lot of 21-year-olds have infertility problems while a lot of 41-year-olds have perfectly healthy babies.

Before I left the very kind English speaking receptionist stood up to give me something revealing a maybe 6 months pregnant belly.  Thanks for that slap in the face as I was leaving.  I wanted to ask if she does acupuncture, but that’s an incredibly rude question.

Nonetheless, I’m feeling super crap about myself and my advanced age.  I’m going to sit in the shower and cry about it.  (Yes, sitting in the shower is a real thing in Japan.  Here’s a funny tidbit about it.  I get annoyed when I have to take a shower Western style all barbaric and standing.)  I think the crap feeling is also due to my  period looming on the horizon.

I’m gonna talk to the hubs about it later, but I’m inclined to think I should wait at least 6 months before getting a fertility workup.  What do you think?

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