Time For Some Silliness…

Last week a friend shared a greeting card she found. The card held a political message but no matter what your opinion about the possible changes in health care, this is just funny!

The New Unabridged Medical Dictionary

Barium– What you do when the patient dies
Urine– The opposite of “You’re out!”
Cauterize– Made eye contact with her
D&C– Where Washington is
Ova– Finished; done with
Sperm– To reject, look away from
Dilate– To live a long time
Enema– Opposite of a friend
Node– Was aware of
White count– The number of Caucasians
Hernia– Pertaining to a female’s knee
Fibrillate– To tell a small lie
Bunion– Paul’s surname
Genital– Non-Jewish
Sacrum– Holy
Paradox– Two doctors
Constipation– Endangered feces
Penis– Someone who plays the piano
Humerus– To tell us what we want to hear
Intestine– Currently taking an exam
Coronary– Domesticated yellow bird
Outpatient– A person who has fainted
Pap smear– To slander your father
Pelvis– The evil twin of Elvis
Rectum– Dang near killed him
Seizure– Roman emperor
Cat scan– When the Secret Service looks for Socks

Try This Calming Technique…

Japanese Garden

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Today a patient and I were brainstorming calming techniques you can take with you anywhere. Where ever you find yourself, be it in a challenging meeting, in a claustrophobia-inducing plane, talking to a difficult someone, facing disturbing news or just feeling anxious, this technique is discreet and easy but very effective.
First, gently cup your hands and look at your palms. Look for the deepest part of the “cup”; if you touch it with a finger it should feel like the center of your hand. You are going to create a circle of circulating qi (pronounced “chee”, a.k.a your life- force energy) between this point on your left hand and the same point on your right. These points are well-known to acupuncturists as calming points. Take your right thumb and use it to gently press this point on your left hand. While not breaking the connection of your right thumb and the point on your left hand, use your left hand’s middle finger, or whichever finger on your left hand works best, to gently press the point in the middle of your right palm. Gentle pressure is enough but you can try other pressures to see what feels best. More pressure does not necessarily equal better technique. Many of my patients who try this report feeling tingling at the points. That’s a good sign that you have a strong connection. If you don’t feel this don’t worry;  just have fun with trying.
If done properly, it should look like you are just holding your hands together. If you feel change but it isn’t enough, try combining this technique with a breathing technique. A great breathing technique is to exhale slightly longer than you inhale. This too is unobtrusive but highly effective as a calming technique.
Good Luck!