As my regular readers might know by now, I recently suffered a mild stroke. The stoke happened while I was asleep, and when I suddenly awoke at 4:25 in the morning, I had some damage to the left arm and left leg, and was having some blurred vision, besides feeling some nausea. I rushed to an emergency hospital and got there within 15 minutes, but it was already too late. The doctors at the hospital could do nothing but give me tests which determined that my self diagnosis was correct. I was admitted to the hospital, and as soon as I could get out, after passing numerous tests, I headed straight to a Chinese doctor for acupuncture.
My Chinese doctor uses the title of Dr. but he is not an M.D. He looked closely at my eyes, without using a light, and told me that my self diagnosis was correct; I had suffered a stroke. He told me that most strokes happen while you are asleep. He assured me that the damage could be repaired with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
He stuck a lot of small needles in my left ear and some in my forehead. Wait a minute! The damage from the stroke was in my arm and leg, but I didn’t say anything because I knew that he knew what he was doing. My Chinese doctor had studied acupuncture in China.
I had consulted the same doctor once before when I had arthritis pain in my knee. He stuck needles in my leg and left them for about an hour. After that, the pain remarkably went away and I was cured. At that time, he took my pulse to make a diagnosis. After checking my pulse by putting his fingers on my wrist, he told me that my problem was that I had a weak kidney. How could he possibly tell that just by checking my pulse? Chinese medicine is magic. Don’t ask questions when you go to a Chinese doctor.
At the hospital I was given a prescription for three drugs: Zocor, baby aspirin and a drug to bring down high blood pressure. The cost was $190 for a one month supply of pills. I haven’t got the hospital bill yet, but I expect that it is going to be horrendous. The total bill for needles and pills at the Chinese clinic was $78.00 which had to be paid in cash, of course. Chinese doctors don’t take insurance and they don’t take checks or credit cards.
At the hospital I was told to eat a diet of half fruits and vegetables and one fourth whole grains. The Chinese believe in eating a diet of one half whole grains, preferably brown rice. After I left the Chinese clinic, I went to my favorite Chinese restaurant (Panda Express) and had a meal that was half grains. My fortune from my cookie said, “Everything will soon come your way.” I believe in Chinese fortune cookies, so I am looking forward to a good future.