I finally took some of my infertile friends’ advice, and tried acupuncture!
I’d been thinking about it for a little bit, several people I spoke to swore by it, and then I found a rave review of a local place that seemed really affordable, so I figured, let’s do it.
The acupuncturist was a really nice guy, very interested in all my medical/cycle/infertility issues. He asked very specific, relevant questions, so it seemed like he’d worked with crazy bitches going through IVF before. Good.
I’m not the kind of person who can fall asleep easily, or who ever feels relaxed when you’re supposed to feel relaxed. Massages are just okay. When I know I have to sit still I get crazy fidgety, and everything starts to itch.
Today, miraculously, I did start to feel tired! After I scratched my imaginary itchies for the first 15 minutes, and knocked a few needles out of place, I actually dozed off for the last few minutes.
He suggested 1-2 sessions a week for 4-6 weeks, or at least the duration of this IVF cycle. I’m really looking forward to just taking care of myself for awhile. I’ve cut myself off from some extracurricular music/recording activities I usually participate in. I turned down taking on a grad student for work this fall. I’m saying NO to any unnecessary stress or obligations.
And it feels good.