Acupuncture

For various reasons I’ve been having acupuncture for a few years now. Initially I went once a week to get a particular health issue under control (this is after several varied attempts by the GP (drugs, surgery etc.) to rectify the problem) and for the most part it’s been fantastic. I say for the most part, because there are times when I don’t get to see the therapist and the old symptoms reappear…not as intense, but still there.

I recently had a disagreement with my doctor, who again wants me to take drugs to alleviate symptoms, but does not want to investigate or solve the cause of the problems, so I turned to acupuncture. I’m three months into treatment and I’m almost back to normal.

What’s causing the issue? Who knows – the doctor doesn’t care – or isn’t willing to spend the money to find out. I know it’s not a critical illness, but it is something that is persistent and very draining on me. It concerns me deeply that I don’t know the underlying cause – I’ve thought about changing doctor, but I’m not sure it’s going to be better elsewhere. So, I’ll stick with acupuncture for now.

This week I have a needle in my leg for the week. You can’t see it, I don’t feel it at all, but I know to massage at it at certain points to help. Acupuncture not only helps with certain ailments, it can help with all over well being. I used to think it was scary to have needles put into parts of my legs/arms etc. but now I look forward to it. I find it relaxing. In fact, there are many times, after a stressful week that I fall asleep as the needles are applied and only wake when they are removed again.

Thoughts

Had news today that made me think…

  • about how distant we become in such a short time…
  • how we see things coming…but don’t expect the slap that they deliver…
  • how things hurt when they affect those you feel deeply about.

This is for some very good friends who are not so near to me at the moment…

…hang in there for this too will pass.

3BTs – Gran, wet & dry, surprise!

  1. Hearing that my Gran is having a good time “on holiday” while my parents have a well-earned rest too. She’s been visited by family members from far and wide – something that doesn’t happen too often when she’s in Scotland.
  2. Planning for a holiday with BF and his children. Agreeing things to take to amuse both of us and the boys and having both wet and dry weather options! It reminds me of going on holiday when I was a child…
  3. Agreeing birthday surprises with a friend’s husband before the day.

Sex and the City – Reviewed by…?

Sunday was a bit of a lazy day in the house (mainly due to a series of very late nights and BF having a bad cold). I ventured into the village and bought the Sunday papers – the Independent on Sunday (IoS) being the main one. I haven’t seen Sex and the City, the movie, yet, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s a girl thing…right? So, why did the IoS allow a man to review it? His words were empty and void of anything that hinted at a spark of interest in the film. He, it seems, was coerced into watching it against his will. He’s so anti-Sex and the City that it was a ridiculous read. It’s not a man’s film. The series was not aimed at men – so why let a man review it? Why do men bother watching if they know they are not interested? 

This morning (and for many days now) “The OC” (on Virgin Radio) has warned against men watching the film because “everytime a man watches it a little piece of him dies”. So, don’t go!! It’s easy as that. I loathe war films (ALL WAR FILMS), do I go to watch them? No – wouldn’t waste my money…so, if you don’t like the idea of Sex and the City, don’t waste yours. Let the rest of us go and enjoy it without listening to you “tutting” all the way through…

Bruce Springsteen Gig

At the Emirates stadium in London.

What an entertainer! Playing with his E-Street Band, Bruce rocked the Emirates for two and a half hours – virtually non-stop. Songs were played with so much enthusiasm you would have thought Bruce and Steve were jamming together “just for fun” in the living room.

Bruce loves the audience, that much is clear from the first five minutes – and working the crowd in his own way is an art form. “Request time” is done to make the crowd think they have chosen the songs…

He leans over into the crowd, leans back into the crowd and reaches down into the crowd – to screams, hundreds of hands all over him…and his Telecaster.

This was my first experience of a Bruce Springsteen gig – I hope it won’t be the last. Here’s the link to the set list…looks like Friday night was more of a “hits” night, while last night was more of an older Springsteen music gig…fantastic.

http://www.brucespringsteen.net/live/2008setlists.html#20080531

Oh and about the venue…The Emirates stadium…two words…it sucks.

Big time.

Transport links are absolutely appalling, so if you park south of the river expecting to catch a train back to your car, be warned…it can take two hours to travel back! That’s what it took us…

That’s not the only complaint I have. The food and drinks on offer are/were just awful, no, worse than awful. If you’re vegetarian, you’re limited to nachos or pizza. If you’re gluten/wheat free – forget it – and I mean really forget it. You’ll be surviving on water for the night. If you’re dairy free then it’s a caesar salad, but the staff don’t know if there’s dairy in the dressing. Duh! (FYI – it’s hot dogs, caeser salad with croutons and bacon, pizza, jam doughtnuts or nachos. Nice to see that one of the newest stadiums in the UK is getting behind the obesity problem in the UK. Great, well done!