Knee Work Reaction

Necessary pretext: I am a nervous laugher. I laugh uncontrollably in bad situations. I’ve laughed at funerals, giggled at being dumped, chuckled at the doctor’s and chortled at the dentist’s. So it should come as no surprise that, after my first half-marathon resulted in a strikingly painful bout of runner’s knee, my first visit to a Korean acupuncture clinic was a seemingly delightful experience, as I was laughing all the way through.

It was not delightful. It was weird and I’m still not sure if I liked it. Read these following notes with the background noise of a white boy’s awkward laughter throughout.


Ten minutes pass—maybe 15?—and a pink beeper goes off beside me. The woman returns, swiftly removes the needles, and turns to the clunky, grey, multi-tubed machine that I’m convinced is a prop from 1970s-era James Bond villain’s lair. My friend lifts her head and says, perkily, “Electro-shock!”

Read the full text on Busan Haps — it’s just a point-form list of silly things that I found terrifying while a strange man inserted sharp things into my kneecaps.

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