She loved New Age ideas; even with a profound hearing loss, she was open to new ways of healing. That fact took Megan to a film festival featuring ideas from ESP to nutrition to healing through acupuncture. It was the 1970s; San Francisco was the home of many experimental perceptions, and she knew the films would be exciting. A magnificent historic building in a setting by a pond was the scene as she and her friend Barbara made their way to the film festival.
As she struggled to hear the messages in the films, one film stood out. It was about healing and acupuncture, especially for those with problems such as hearing and seeing. Struck by the power of the movie, Megan and Barbara exited and decided to warm up by the massive stone fireplace. San Francisco was having one of its cold and foggy days; a warm fire was just what was needed. A group of people were huddled around the fireplace, and after squeezing in to find a spot, Megan turned to her friend and uttered, “Wouldn’t it be great to get acupuncture for my hearing?”
A man’s voice quietly spoke from behind them, “I’m an acupuncturist and doctor, and I can help you with your problem.” It turned out that fate had put an invitation to try acupuncture right next to them. Dr. Deeson was one of the first in the area doing Traditional Chinese Medicine; however, his office was in Outer Siberia, otherwise known as Palo Alto. Going there several times a week would take a heroic effort as well as 45 minutes. But Megan decided it might be worth the drive; she was an adventurer, and this would be a new and exciting adventure.
She first had a hearing test done locally to determine her hearing loss. She got in her old Mustang and drove to Palo Alto. Megan then began the process of being stuck with needles twice a week. If she had a cold, extra needles would be put in place. The moxibustion, or burning of herbs, added to her sense of relaxation and well being.
Feeling the experience to be enhancing and the doctor good-looking, she kept the treatment up for six months. Many times she thought that she would never again make the drive down, but the good feeling from the treatments persisted. She was drinking and smoking less, and that added to her overall health. Looking into the beautiful blue eyes of her gentle doctor also helped her sense of well-being.
As the treatment was nearing the end, Megan went for another hearing test. To her surprise, her hearing had increased by 15%. She felt better than ever before and seemed to be hearing more as she was more alert to the world about her.
Fate had been kind to her that day at the film festival as it had placed her in front of the warmth of a stone fireplace and an invitation to experience the warmth, harmony and healing of acupuncture.