new adventures – playing with needles

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my older sister, jane, has been stuggling with a bad back and sore neck for sometime.  there are days where she just can’t get comfortable and seems so sad.  So, our vet recommended she get some acupuncture.  well…when charon called to talk to Dr. Mili Bass about getting some treatment – of course my name came up (who can fault them…i am a delightful topic of conversation) and she recommended I give it a shot as well.  we went on tuesday for our first treatment – i was apprehensive, but of course brave as usual.  Dr. Bass thinks this will help me with the delayed GI problems from the chemo, and will help boost my immunity. 

i really felt pretty good after the appointment, and my sister jane was just feeling wonderful – moving about much better and really getting some good comfy naps in (i was jealous!).  so this morning, when i heard we were going to see Dr. Bass again, i was pretty excited.  Since jane is oldest she usually goes first.  Here she is resting during her treatment today.

Then it was my turn.  i can’t tell you all the places there were needles…but really…some were unmentionable!!  Here i am with my ‘johnny rotten’ look.

We have to wait another week before we see Dr. Bass again, but it’s a pretty great experience, once you get past the idea of all the needles.  I give it three paws up!!!  now i need to work on a good power nap, so i can catch up with jane…

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Author: etgayle

gayle developed a small lump in her right front wrist. biopsy determined it was a soft tissue sarcoma, with amputation feb 17, 2010. she's recovering nicely, taking naps when needed, and enjoying every moment of every wonderful day. in december 2010 we discovered oral melanoma cancer. gayle had two surgeries to remove tumors, but the ugly disease took her from us december 12, 2011. love never ends.

9 thoughts on “new adventures – playing with needles”

  1. Pretty cool Gayle!
    I wish I had someone nearby to have it done to Maggie again. She used to get it often when she had four legs and was competing in agility…
    Maggie used to completely konk out for a good 20 minutes while the needles were in.
    Glad it’s helping your older sister too! So neat!


  2. Great pics, Gayle!

    Anything that helps with GI issues and gives you an immunity booster and a great nap has just got to be a good thing.


  3. OMD! I can’t imagine them sticking needles in me, but it sounds like it may have worked. Way to go for the alternative treatments. Keep us all posted on future trips to the acupuncturist.

  4. Right on Gayle. Your Mom is pretty cool, I’m so glad to see you’re doing this. Hopefully more Tripawds will see the benefits thanks to your posts about it. Keep it up!

  5. funny, but i didn’t really feel most of the needles. there were two, that dr. bass placed for ‘small intestine’, which i winced at…but after they were in, no problem…

  6. You all looked oddly relaxed. :- ) I’m all for alternative treatments. I wish there was an acupunturist around here for my girl. I didn’t even know dog acupunturists existed until a fellow tripawd told me about it a few months ago. Wish you both the best with your treatment!

    Leslie and Roxy

  7. I’m just catching up and I have to first of all congratulate you Gayle on no more chemo!! Yea!! That’s the best news all day! I am very impressed by your needle story too – how pawesome is that? To feel so good after these treatments and do them with your sister who also feels so good. Way to go Gayle and Jane!
    P.S. You both look so sweet together!

  8. It’s like a sister day at the spa ! Way to go, Gayle. Those kind of needles beat the heck out of chemo needles any day !
    (Congrats on being done with chemo – btw – wahoo !)

    Time to lay back and enjoy the good life now.

    Tana and Sophie

  9. Sorry Gayle I missed your needle post! There was some tranmission problems and I wasn’t picking up your signals from admin! (not sure if he’s working with monkeybutt! Maybe?)

    It’s a great day when chemo ends so your naps aren’t interrupted! I see Jane is pretty laid back, too – her naps were probably messed up, too!

    A bunch of needles in the body, eh? Not sure I know what to make of that. They say bungie jumping is exhilarating, but I wouldn’t be up for that either!

    Until next time….

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