I like car washes, especially the old-fashioned ones where they let you ride inside the car! What marvelous fun to be safely inside the cocoon of your car while experiencing splashing all around you. Watching the foaming bubbles, wands, and brushes massaging and cleaning your car is an immensely fun experience. Just when you are having such a pleasurable adventure, out comes the suction to dry you off with a big swoop. In seconds, all the suds have been wiped away and your car is now shiny and new! In the good old days, we stayed in our car and enjoyed the marvel. Today you typically have a car wash menu where you can select various options. Do you want the basic car wash, just an exterior cleaning, or an additional interior vacuuming? Would you prefer the deluxe option where they clean both the interior and exterior, buffing everything for optimal cleanliness and shine?
Interestingly, car washes came up in a conversation I had with my mom just the other day. My mom has lived in Modi’in in Israel for the past 14 years. It was my parents’ dream to make aliyah. Unfortunately, my father passed away just a month before they were set to move. I give my mother a lot of credit for picking up and moving across the world on her own during such a difficult time. I have missed her terribly during this last year when we have been unable to travel and see each other. We talk every day and FaceTime occasionally, but it is just not the same. My mother is a big supporter behind the scenes of what I do for a living. She loves hearing acupuncture success stories but thinks I work too hard. Mothers are always right! She also thoroughly enjoys reading my articles. I wonder what she’ll think of this one.
I tend to call my mom just before 7 a.m., when I am setting up the office before beginning with patients. That is 2 p.m. her time. I hear about her day. I encourage her to go swimming outdoors, go for walks, etc. The last few months of isolation have been especially trying for someone living alone. I wish we were closer to each other but it is what it is.
My mom had a challenging week health-wise, and it led us to a discussion about body parts. In medicine, the understanding of the body is broken down into parts. One can have multiple symptoms that lead to numerous different specialists in order to investigate each symptom. No longer do we have the old-fashioned family doctor who took care of all your ailments in a one-stop shop. How sweet were those days when your doctor knew you personally!
Today, because of the challenges of insurance, healthcare has become fragmented. I often see patients who are frustrated by their experience and lack of answers even after seeing a myriad of different specialists. It has become more about testing and black-and-white results vs. listening to the patient and actually hearing and understanding their primary and secondary complaints. If we had more time to listen, how much better could we properly diagnose their ailments? How much faster would we be able to help them heal and get better? Even more so, how much better to be able to offer a natural holistic treatment without the secondary side effects of medication. This is what I strive for in my practice every day. I am grateful for my patients. I am grateful for every person who comes though my door and I am able to help. I love what I do for a living, and I believe my patients know it, feel it, and reap the benefits.
In our conversation about car washes, my mom and I were both laughing in hysterics. My mom could have used the deluxe car wash menu option this past week. She really needed and could have benefited from the indoor outdoor wash, vacuum, buffing, etc. She needed to feel all shiny and new.
I know many of you can relate. This year has brought tremendous stressful challenges that we have never experienced. Along with the ongoing emotional strain, it often causes physical ailments. The mind–body connection is strong. There has never been a more important time for self-care. As we embark on the beginning of the Jewish New Year, we should choose the deluxe option and utilize acupuncture and holistic healing and care for ourselves in mind, body, and spirit. It is essential that we take care of the interior as well as the exterior in the hopes of feeling shiny and new.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, healing, shiny, and peaceful New Year.
Dr. Deborah Rothman is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, as well as a Diplomate of Acupuncture. She is in private practice and runs a wellness center in Lawrence, offering a complete solution for all your health and wellness needs. Comments and questions are welcome. She can be reached at 516-203-4500 or Deborah@AcuZen.com. Please visit AcuZen.com and follow AcuZen Wellness Center on Facebook and Instagram.