The physiotherapist called again on Wednesday
afternoon, as promised (see “normal service may be resumed tomorrow” on my Sinna Luvva blog), to administer a gentle treatment with the magic needles
whilst I sat in a chair, rather than my usual supine position. At first I found
it more difficult to relax whilst seated but, as I practised a few breathing
exercises, I soon overcame this little obstacle. By the time the practitioner
was ready to remove the needles I felt wrapped in a gently warm glow of
On Thursday I felt even more achingly tired than
usual; incidentally this kind of minor setback, on the day following
acupuncture treatment, is quite regularly experienced by yours truly, the
benefits usually start to be felt around 48 hours after the treatment. Although
feeling totally shattered when I went to bed that night, multiple discomforts,
in armpits, forearms and torso prevented me from getting any sleep before
3.00am and, even then it only visited me in brief intermittent snatches.
By the time I freed myself from the duvet realm, on
Friday morning, I was surprised to feel reasonably refreshed, all the better to
face another day of minimal exertion. In the afternoon I managed a visit to
Café Culture with my beloved; this neighbourhood café, a few minutes strolling
time from home, has proved a real godsend.
On Saturday morning we were anticipating an early
afternoon visit from six Southerners plus our eldest daughter Beth. I’ve got to
admit that the prospect seemed quite daunting. For the past several years, I
have had great difficulty coping with any kind of claustrophobic hospitality
but, in the event I needn’t have worried. For some reason (unbeknown to yours
truly) I was on quite scintillating form; by way of a bonus, it was also the
first full-day that I’d survived, for some considerable time, without having to
resort to painkillers*.
It was only this afternoon that I recognized the
latter achievement, as I passed an afternoon in state of totally exhausting
shatteredness; this extreme discomfort is a far from atypical reaction to any
previous days socializing, regardless of that activities duration or intensity.
* a sign that
the acupunctures benefits had well and truly kicked in?