A couple of days ago when I was lying helpless in a small dark room with a couple of dozen needles stuck in various parts of my body, I began to reflect on the state of modern medical science.
If you’re thinking that the combination of claustrophobia and needles might not to be conducive to philosophical reflection, you’re right. The truth is I was trying to distract myself; not only from the pain and psychological discomfort, but also from the galling knowledge that I was paying for the privilege of enduring both.
I’ve been getting acupuncture on my arm in a futile attempt to speed its healing from my latest kickboxing injury. (I should note that it’s my fault the acupuncture isn’t working as well as it should. I’ve discovered it tends to be considerably less effective if I spend four or five hours digging dirt and moving heavy rocks immediately afterward.)
No; the acupuncture works well when I behave myself… but it’s ironic that with all of today’s cutting-edge medical science, the most effective treatment for tendonitis is 2,000 years old. With fancy diagnostic machines and a lot of fiddling around, today’s doctors can tell me exactly which tendons are inflamed… but they still can’t fix them without sticking needles into me.
When I considered it, I realized most physiotherapy is actually a little on the barbaric side:
- Ice and heat applied alternately to create the maximum possible discomfort.
- TENS, which is basically electrocuting the sore spot.
- Massage and active release techniques, which both boil down to ‘find the place that hurts the most and press really hard on it’.
- And ultrasound, which is like hitting the sore spot with a zillion teensy-weensy invisible hammers. With blue slime as an added bonus.
The truth is we really haven’t even come very far from our Neolithic ancestors 6,000 years ago. ‘Way back then, they used a technique called ‘trephining’ to drill holes in people’s skulls and let the bad out. Sometimes the patients even survived.
Today we do pretty much the same thing for intracranial pressure, only with less screaming thanks to anaesthetics, and a slightly better survival rate thanks to antibiotics. But we’re still drilling holes in people’s skulls, and we’re still trying to make their sore spots feel better by sticking needles in them. The more things change, the more they stay the same…
And speaking of relieving intracranial pressure, here’s one thing off my mind: The cover art is done for Book 8, and it even has a title! And it’s halfway through the beta-reading process with only one minor revision so far. Woohoo!
Here it is:
Railroaded into acting as a secret agent, Aydan Kelly only wants to return to her peaceful former existence. But when trusted co-workers go missing along with a deadly weapon prototype, she’s forced to take over the investigation to protect them from an agent with a personal vendetta.
And when a violent criminal organization abducts her lover, Aydan discovers exactly how far she’s willing to push the limits of her new role. The bad guys are about to learn an important lesson: Don’t piss off a middle-aged bookkeeper.
So what’s on your mind this week? Go ahead, let off some pressure! And… has anybody got a miracle cure for tendonitis besides “Stop doing stupid things and let it heal”?
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I’m on the road today so I won’t be able to respond to comments until tomorrow. I’ll look forward to “talking” to you then!