Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Or you can just stub your toe on a door

We had some friends over for dinner tonite. At one point, we got to talking about injuries and how long things take to heal these days. We kept trying to one up each other in the horrific scale, but I must say that I was hopelessly outclassed. I thought I had a good one with my running aches and pulls, but he came back with fused spinal disks that cause him permanent and cold-sweat pain on a daily basis. Hard to top that.

So I asked how he deals with that kinda thing. Apparently, the typical painkillers were either too addictive or too mentally debilitating (as a programmer, it is considered bad coding posture to lay in a puddle of one's drool over the space key) to take for long. After many fits and starts, he arrived at acupuncture. He and his wife enthusiastically extolled the virtues of this technique. "If it hurts, that means it's working!!" they said. "You only feel pain for like 5 seconds!" they explain. No doubt because the patient probably blacks out from the excruciating pain by then.

After listening to their impromptu seminar, I was able to nutshell the lesson as follows: acupuncture is more painful than any other ailments that you may have. It hurts so damn much that you forget about why you came for an appointment in the first place...

1 comment:

Marika said...

What I find amusing are people who refuse to take anything for the pain that they're in. "Would you like a paracetemol for your headache?" "No, thank you. I don't need it. I'll just *grimace* work through the pain."

This makes me want to cause them more injury than they already have. THE DRUGS ARE THERE. Millions of scientists have worked millions of hours so that you can swallow two little tablets and make your headache go away! Embrace technology! Grrrrr!


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