For some time now we've been discussing acupuncture for Shaynee. In addition to losing her hair, she's lost muscle strength and we've been thinking it would help to get some chi flowing to help. that...and who knows, maybe help with her disease. Her first acupuncture treatment took place while I was in Maine. Judy told me how well it went...both the session and the after effect from it.
Her second treatment was today. I got to watch this one. The vet...Dr. Anna Simms...comes to the house to do it. She's a veterinarian who specializes in acupuncture. Here's some background on her that I extracted from a Floyd Humane Society newsletter:
Dr. Anna Simms DVM is a slight, elfish woman with a soft voice and gentle manner that puts pets and people at ease. This belies her inner and physical strengths.
Graduating VaTech in ’00, nurturing a keen interest in acupuncture as “complimentary treatment”, she completed the latter training in ’01. It remains her “main focus”. 2004-05 found her studying animal chiropractic. These skills enable her to, foremost, practice in “the animal’s best interest”, “to do no harm” while relieving discomfort, AND to work with “a wide variety of species”.
Dr. Anna has been covering Floyd, Montgomery and Roanoke counties for 6 years, happily accommodating animals who cannot travel, seeing it as a continuation of her important rescue work. Be aware, she offers no routine care, such as vaccines. She prefers her patients’ families retain their close, cooperative relationship with their primary vet. Her acupuncture and chiropractic are used as strong adjuvants to traditional care. Compassion has guided her to be available for home euthanasia, including non-regular clients.
Living in Floyd since ’02, Dr. Anna has become one of our best, and most cherished, natural resources. Everyone in the FCHS thanks her for such joyful, steady, generous support. She approaches all of life with those qualities.
I can attest that she's got a wonderful energy about her. Caring, kind, and sweet are all adjectives that come to mind.
Shaynee waited patiently while Anna took some notes as Judy's updated her on Shaynee's behavior since the last treatment...
Then Anna went down to the floor and examined Shaynee...touching her, talking to her...relating to her...gaining her trust.
I didn't take too many pictures. For starters, I didn't want to get Shaynee excited. This was a time for calm. Too, I thought snapping a picture when needles were in might cause her to flinch and by doing, cause her pain. But now I realize that wouldn't have been a problem. Shaynee moved some on her own...seemingly without any discomfort.
A total of eight needles were used today...some at points that address the bladder; some at points that address endorphins and overall energy; one at a point that addressed the stomach. Shaynee seemed to know it all was something that was going to help her. She didn't resist or object at all.