My Eyes! My Eyes Someone HELP ME!

“My Mother’s Eyes”

…This was my mom’s dream (or Vision) the night before and this was her screaming. My mom doesn’t like to call it premonition. 

Fast forward to the next day…my mom was seeing a dark “thumb print” over her vision.

Naturally, we got in to see the eye doctor on our way to the beach (so we thought). 


Turns out, the universe had other plans for us.

The eye appointment was taking forever. I was starting to get concerned in the waiting area as others were coming and going from their appointments. Just as I was getting up to check-in with the front desk, my mom emerges wearing sun glasses and telling me in a very slow, deliberate voice -a voice that I have never heard coming from her– that she has a retinal tear in her eye that will progress if not dealt with and that we need to go NOW.

The diagnosis was a HALF-way Tear of her retina.

–In that moment when she told me I would have to drive to the hospital, I was shocked at how CALM we both remained.–

Immediately I took her by the arm (her eyes were dilated -two times) and drove us from the eye clinic to the eye surgeon across town. Then we Waited. and Waited. And WAITED-all day! Florida has way more senior folks who need medical care than there are specialty docs to serve them. It just is what it is.

–No food all day. Just water and watered-down coffee. Yet, my Mom & I, we were Cool, baby!–

You see, in the past something like this would have left me with the signs and symptoms of someone in Fight or Flight, the Sympathetic state of panic and ANXIETY! …In the past I would be feeling sweating palms, dry throat and mouth so much so that I would have to constantly sip on water, heart palpitations felt in my chest, brain fog right at the time when I need to focus the sharpest to retain all information and options discussed by the medical team and I would have had a quiver in my voice as if I may completely lose my shit and of course, at one point I would have and this would have included crying like a helpless baby. I would have escaped outside or to a bathroom where nobody could see or hear me, of course. 

None of that happened. Say What? We were both CALM and steady. WHY? How could this be?…


We both have been practicing daily meditation for years, on our own and together at times, sometimes in classes together.

Through Meditation, We had trained our brains to react with calm and peace in a time of uncertainty. Yeah, I know (even ME)! 

This is what training your mind and body can do for you and for your life. You stay grounded even amidst the chaos you are IN. This does NOT mean you are unaffected or that you become some kind of uncaring psychopath who incapable of feeling empathy. The thing is–it no longer TAKES OVER you. 

Feels pretty good to be able to function and take care of what is necessary–at the times when your loved ones need you most!

Funny thing is, my Mom & I were both laughing the night before about how “You Never Know” what will happen in Life! You gotta savor the moments on this beautiful Journey ‘cuz they won’t last.

Read This Post on Mindfulness Meditation with authors and books I recommend to my patients (and my friends).

Acupuncture also serves to help us relax and move from the Fight or Flight to the Rest and Digest (Sympathetic to Parasympathetic) and lowers inflammation markers (lowers inflammation) and Pain. Just Saying…May want to get in!


Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha D Ackerman

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

After being struck by a semi truck during her last year of high school, Aleesha’s life was forever changed. Since getting pain relief from acupuncture, Aleesha has dedicated her life to helping others to Feel better and Move forward in life, as she has. Read Aleesha’s Story Here.

Schedule an Appointment with Aleesha Here

Aleesha D is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school.

Aleesha specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS. She is certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can help many things, including wrinkle reduction and improve collagen. Read more on what Facial Rejuvenation can do for you here.

Aleesha suffered many years herself with debilitating migraine headaches almost every single day for over fifteen years! She can truly empathize with her suffering patients and her passion is to help them feel better as quickly as possible.

Feel better, Move forward

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in downtown Anoka at 207 E Main near Andover, MN.

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This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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