The journey of 1000 miles starts from beneath your feet.
Lao Tzu, the Tao Te Ching
Wise Turtle Acupuncture is donating a private sound healing session or two community acupuncture sessions to The Little Critter Crew’s on-line Auction. The auction takes place April 28, 2023 and starts at 8 a.m. If you visit Wise Turtle already, why not get a session and help out this worthy group? If you are new, what better way to give it a go?
Your acupuncturist has been a foster for the Little Critter Crew for several years. The rescue is foster based and works with rabbits, chinchillas, hamsters, mice, rats, and gerbils. They are always in need of volunteers to help with transport, fostering and so much more.
Check it out on facebook or their website.
Wise Turtle Acupuncture is increasing prices.
Community Acupuncture is now $25-50 with the first session a minimum of $40.
Private acupuncture sessions are $80.
Private Sound Healing (Which can include acupuncture) are $90.
"If Omicron were called common sense, there wouldn't be any." A friend posted this little brain teaser meme and it got me thinking about what we need to do to stay safe and healthy at Wise Turtle Acupuncture. With the super contagious nature of the Omicron virus, it is time to increase various precautions.
Starting Monday, January 3, 2022, Wise Turtle Acupuncture is requiring higher masking standards so we protect and respect each other and ourselves. These are the easy-peasy options:
Wear an N95 mask
Wear a double layer cloth mask with a filter or a paper mask underneath it.
Wear two paper masks.
Buff bandanas do not count as masks in any way or in any layer.
All masks must fit snugly and be clean. Nose wires in a mask are good!
I will have paper masks available at the door, in case one is needed.
Please sanitize or wash your hands before coming in to the office.
I am a small practice and keep prices low -- feel free to donate masks and hand sanitizer to your community acupuncture clinic.
Patients will be texted with this information prior to their appointments as a reminder.
I have not been requiring proof of vaccination but am urging patients to please be vaccinated, get your booster now, and I will see you . . . in health!
Wise Turtle Acupuncture is closed due to the corona virus for at least two weeks, maybe four or whatever ends up being safest for all of us. This was a miserable decision but the levels of protection needed are beyond the capabilities of our little clinic.
I miss all of you already. If anyone needs to talk, feel free to call. Check here or on my Wide Turtle Facebook page for updates on reopening.
Stay well, be strong, let's flatten the curve!
Wise Turtle Acupuncture is staying aware and informed about the Corona Virus. The office will remain open unless it seems prudent to temporarily close. If you have any cold or flu like symptoms, please stay home.
While the office has soap in the bathrooms and disinfectant surface wipes, there is no hand sanitizer available, should you be wanting that. Donations are accepted!
Please do what you need to do to keep yourself well. During this time, there will be great understanding for cancellations.
Wise turtle Acupuncture is easing back into practice after a medical leave of over two months. I underwent open heart surgery in September and recently the surgeon cleared me to take baby steps back into work. I am doing quite well, after having a childhood defect repaired. I am eager to see patients, those returning and new ones too! Give me a ring and we can set appointments to suit your needs!
Hi Dear Patients!
I will be seven weeks post-op this coming Wednesday. On September 19 I underwent open heart surgery to repair a mitral valve prolapse. It was a successful surgery, but the recovery is simply long and hard. I see the surgeon this week and hope to be cleared to drive and to use my upper body in a meaningful way. My practice is missed and I will post soon as to when I am able to get back to practicing.
This surgery was due to a childhood murmur that was never much of anything. But it became a big something over the years and I did not know it until last May, when it was discovered during a trip to Urgent Care for an unrelated issue. Talk about being grateful! I could have slipped into heart failure sooner rather than later. Fatigue was the only symptom.
I am now a fan of regular check-ups with your western doctor. Look forward to seeing you all soon!
My murmur sounds more like the ocean than a heartbeat and is due to a mitral valve prolapse. It is complicated by ruptured chords (tendons that control the valve). To compensate, my heart enlarged. The only thing to do to fix it is open-heart surgery.
Fortunately this area is blessed with excellent cardiac surgeons and cardiologists. After some tests and diagnostics, it appears that my valve can most likely (85% chance) be repaired and the hope is for a smaller chest crack. The recovery is rough but a long-standing issue with fatigue will eventually be rectified.
It helps that my health is excellent. I credit Chinese medicine and the good herbs and foods of the earth. They give me strength and keep me going. But sometimes the big guns of western medicine are necessary.
I am now firmly in favor of western medical check-ups.
Please keep me in your prayers and good thoughts. I miss you all, already. Looking forward to being back!
I have a new name for my harp endeavors: “Meadowlark Healing Harp” and a lovely business card now to boot. A brochure is in the works. Both have been designed by Jilat Artistry and I love them. There will soon be a website. My baby harp and I continue work to create peaceful realms for people needing them. Over the last couple days we went first to a memory care unit and I played for two hospice patients. The first had a family member with her who was most appreciative. The resident didn’t change expression too much but did say she wanted me to come back and I received a smile or two and noticed her nodding to the music at one point.
Today I played for three hospice folks. One was an older man who nodded off as I played. He asked for Greensleeves and I was able to give that to him. A woman in another room was so gentle — her hand went to her heart a number of times. She smiled and drifted and a deep calm pervaded her room. I gave her an origami peace dove and saw her holding it as I walked by later. The last was a woman rapidly going and surrounded by a large family. She looked like she had a strong spirit. Her family was full of jokes and ordering tacos, talking, laughing, having rare moments of quiet — they wanted me to play some and asked if I could do Metallica or the Doobie Brothers. But a sister requested Amazing Grace, which I could do. I didn’t stay too long as the din was louder than my little harp, but am glad to have given the sister her request. She told me it was their mother’s favorite song.
The meadowlark symbolizes a cheerful journey, as it is one of the few birds that can sing in flight. The black marking on the lark’s chest resembles the new moon, thus symbolizing an inward journey and new beginnings. Every visit I make is a journey to a timeless place, with the harp notes leading the way, as these transitioning people share a moment of grace with me.
Karen believes affordable health care is a right and community acupuncture is a perfect way to bring Chinese Medicine to the people.
Karen Lee DeBraal
500 Main Street, Suite C1
Springfield Oregon 97477