I've heard about this from myriads of people but never experienced it for myself. Yesterday I got to see it up close and personal and wow, yep, people were right. What on God's green earth am I talking about, you wonder in squinted eyeball bewilderment?
(Don't roll your eyes just yet, listen first, my uber-traditional-ers.)
It is the use of chiropractic methods to fix up a good old fashioned ear ache (perhaps infection, but I didn't get it tested to check). This wasn't my ear infection, this was the ear ache (infection?) of my already loud and dramatic child. Oh, and joy of all joys, the offspring just got louder and louder as we progressed into more pain and deafness until I'm sure even the neighbors couldn't take it anymore.
Background: offspring picked up some germsicles at a class on Tuesday, started sniffling, being boogery and slobbery by Friday and by Monday morning was at scream at the top of the lungs stage for pain in the orejas (ears). The dramatic falls to the floor were great character work, but the pain was clearly there (as demonstrated by allowing scarves to be tied round the head in order to keep a hot salt pack in place to temporarily alleviate pain, if possible. I can assure you beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no way this child would have gone with this idea outside of torture level pain.).
So I made an appointment JUST TO SEE. I had seen some crazier things work through naturopathy and chiropractic, so why not give it at least a try? I used to hear about other people doing that kind of thing and I'd be all, "Oh, that's interesting (mumbling: but I totally would never do that, weirdos, why don't you just go to the doctor and go get some antibiotics, duh.)."
Apparrently I've crossed on over to the weirdo side. Ah, you already knew that.
So we get in there and said offspring is all crunchy necked up, not able to turn very much to the side and the DC does her magic little clicker thing a few times and off we go. After a few clicker-ma-jiggers, offspring has returned to a full range of motion. Doctor says, well, now it can drain. Should feel better soon.
Now maybe you have a fantastic doctor who calls you the evening after your appointment to check in and see how everything is going, but I never had that until I started going to the DC's office (that's Doctor of Chiropractic). She called to check up to see how the little was doing and told me to call if there wasn't improvement by tomorrow.
That's expecting pretty fast results. Word.
The morning came. I cautiously asked little offspring the status. The child being who they are said, "When I poke my finger in hard and yawn then it hurts again, but otherwise my ears stopped hurting."
Great. Let's go with don't poke your finger hard into your ear while yawning and you should be all set. I mean, I'm not a doctor or anything, so don't quote me on it, but I just have this funny feeling that might not be the best way to go about things in the ear canal.
I asked after lunch and got the report back from Ear Poker that the pain was totally gone.
Wow. That's kinda cool, isn't it?
So all this to say, hey, if you've got a good naturopath or chiropractor in your area, maybe you should check them out and give them a chance before running off to your local pill distribution center (I ain't hatin' on my doctor peeps, just encouraging you to think outside the bun, don't get it twisted, ya'll.).
Three cheers for a much quieter house! Hip hip!
Peace, love and get your finger out of your ear,