A path unfolds before my wife, Bobbi, and I concerning medicine that I first mentioned in the post Yule 2011, and then followed up with in A Remarkable Yule. When I wrote the latter, it appeared that my wife’s critical issue might be ulcers, although she has gall stones that will have to be dealt with eventually. Bobbi went to the local hospital for an endoscope yesterday to check the ulcer possibility.
They shoved a camera down her throat to look inside her stomach, for those unfamiliar with endoscopy. They do anesthetize you before doing this procedure. The results of this procedure for Bobbi: no ulcers! This brings us back (full circle) to the gall stones.
Bobbi’s ability to eat regular foods after taking Prilosec OTC was probably an illusion. Something else changed that we were not aware of when (or before) she took Prilosec OTC. I suspect the free floating gall stones or crystals may sometimes block something and then move so they don’t. I am not a doctor, but the doctor’s aren’t forthcoming with much for answers at this point. However, this may not be the most interesting aspect of this event yesterday.
Bobbi was rolled into the operating room, and before they put her under the surgeon wanted to see her feet. Apparently he had been reviewing her entire medical records and became curious about an event a couple of years ago, so he pulled her socks off to look at her feet.
Two or three years ago, Bobbi spilled the hot oil she was deep frying egg rolls in and severely burned the soles of her feet. I believe the medical records cite third degree burns, but she was back to work in a month. The only outstanding factor that seems to explain her quick recovery is lavender essential oil.
I have had a working interest in aromatherapy for several years now. While essential oils have been used for centuries, aromatherapy was “first coined in 1928 by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist” (Essential Oils: A Basic Guide, p. 10). When Bobbi was screaming in excruciating pain from burning her feet, the only thing I could think of was:
His interest in therapeutically using essential oils was stimulated by a laboratory explosion in his family’s perfumery business in which his hand was severely burned. He plunged his injured hand into a container of lavender oil and was amazed at how quickly it healed. (Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
, p. 10.)
I grabbed a bottle of lavender essential oil and started applying it to the soles of her feet. The EMT’s were remarking about how nice the ambulance smelled by the time we got her to the local hospital. The Emergency Room nurse scolded me for putting the oil on Bobbi’s feet, telling me that you NEVER put oil on a burn. In retrospect, it seems unfortunate that I didn’t cover her feet completely.
This happened on a Saturday. She went to the clinic where our primary care physician is for a follow up on Monday, but she had to see a substitute because our regular doctor wasn’t available. By this time, Bobbi has a large blister about one inch wide and four inches long near the instep of her right foot. She has another near the big toe of her left foot. Apparently, I didn’t get the lavender oil in these two areas.
The doctor did nothing except recommend a burn specialist, and proceeded to lecture Bobbi about her smoking. I guess the doctor expected support from me because I had quit smoking a year or two earlier. I thought the doctor was whacked and let her know so. An appointment was made to see the burn specialist on Wednesday.
I recall the look on the burn specialist’s face when he walked in with Bobbi’s medical records that had been sent to him and then looked at her feet. It was much like the look on the surgeon’s face yesterday when he reported that Bobbi had no ulcers. It appears like a subtle combination of puzzlement and caution, as in “I better watch what I say.” I’m not a mind reader, but I think they fear giving the impression that colleagues may not know what the hell they are talking about. However, the burn specialist did voice his opinion about the clinic doctor not treating the blisters on Monday, so I could be wrong.
The short story here is that apparently lavender oil works and Bobbi was back on her feet in a month for something that usually takes about six months to recover from. According to the surgeon yesterday, the scarring was much less than the scarring normally associated with third degree burns. Apparently, this was mentioned because the attending nurses couldn’t recognize the signs of scarring that the surgeon did. Equally apparent is that the lavender oil incident is still getting attention at the local hospital. However, this may also explain the surgeons attitude concerning what Bobbi told him before they put her under.
A few days ago, teresa2paradise of Walking With Yahshua told me about a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment for gallstones from Plant Cures that worked for her husband. My wife agreed to try it, so I ordered it and hopefully it will arrive today. Bobbi told the surgeon about this before they put her under, and apparently he is now curious to see if this will work. I suspect the lavender oil may have opened the door to that curiosity.
Teresa also mentioned the use of reflexology on her husband in conjunction with the TCM tincture. I am not trained in reflexology, but I am a Level 1 Reiki practitioner. I employed this practice when Bobbi burnt her feet, also. As her feet healed, her skin got very dry and flaky from the bandages. When her feet were sufficiently healed, I started massaging them with sweet almond oil enhanced with drops of sandalwood, lavender, and frankincense oils to moisturize and prevent scarring (we didn’t tell the doctors about that.) These massages provided an opportune time for a little energy work!
Bobbi and I realize that the purveyors of modern medicine are only human. We do not recommend abandoning or ignoring what they have to offer – we don’t! However, when you or a loved one are in pain and the medical profession seems slow to respond, or you cannot afford their services, it is nice to know that there are viable alternatives. For this reason, I will post updates as this progresses.
NOTE: Just as I was getting ready to publish this, the TCM medicine arrived!