So where was I? Oh yes, random musings. Well maybe not random. The Big Thing in my life the first few months of 2016 has been my hearing, or rather, the lack of it. It is, of course, a major sense and my hearing loss has been significant, which makes life very difficult, and tiring, and wearing for not just me but for everyone around me. And getting your mojo to do anything when you've a head full of cotton wool is not easy. When I was in Bath in November (seems a long time ago now) my Rheumatology Consultant said there was a definite link between ankylosing spondylitis and deafness, which although is not what you want to hear (excuse the pun), might go some way to making the whole thing easier to understand.
Bernie, my Tai Chi teacher, suggested a guy who might be able to help using acupuncture. Nothing to lose, I though, so here goes. That was about 7 weeks ago and believe it or not, after about 2-3 weeks of treatment my hearing improved. All was good for a time, but then Mr Kwong went on holiday and guess what, over a couple of weeks my hearing deteriorated...bigtime.
|Portrush West Bay - the sort of view the horse would have if it lifted its head and looked around|
So...here's the $64,000 question. Coincidence? Or has Mr Kwong and his magic needles helped that chi move along those mystic meridians and cleared the old aural system? I don't know and to a large extent it doesn't matter even if it's all bunkum and a) my hearing was about to get better anyway or b) it's just a placebo effect. I mean, if it works, right? As it stands though, at this point in time I'm a believer, just for the record.
|Portrush Harbour. In the good old days ships would anchor off here and transport people to and from Scotland...and even to and from America during the 17th&18th Centuries. Nowadays the lifeboat sits in there and a few fishing boats. Still, it's a busy enough wee harbour during the summer months and a couple of decent restaurants plus of course The Harbour Bar within a gentle stroll.|