Okay, I confess. I was stumped as to what to write this month. Should I dare think that you might be interested enough to hear about my right foot and how it validated an experiment in pain control?
The story actually begins several years ago when I had had two previous non-bunion foot surgeries (one each foot). They had turned out great but healing was another thing. Talk about painful. For any of you who have had foot surgery, you know what I am talking about ~ the weight of a bed-sheet was for a time, too much to bare. Having these experiences for reference, I was determined I wasn't going to buy into the pain.
It had taken a year after the surgeon's initial consultation to get a surgery date. I began to waffle. Up to now, pre-surgery pain was both bad and not so bad. I had done a lot of research and found that typically the repair results were quite positive. I had spoken to someone who had a friend running half-marathons eight months, post-surgery. I had also learned that if nothing is done, there is a strong likely-hood that the condition would worsen. Okay, I'm in, and moved forward to a Valentine's Day date with two doctors who assured me that I would wake up to a total re-alignment of my big toe despite the risks. Ego and its fear asked why would I voluntarily put my intact foot through so much recovery.
Chin up, this is what I did to prepare. During the month's wait for surgery, I purposefully released the old stories of the other surgeries. Then, I changed the paradigm from it's going to painful to it will be what it is and it doesn't have to be painful. I think the way we view pain can be, in part, a matter of attitude. I really believed this time it would be different. Earlier I had read about a Reiki master who had sent Reiki to herself, the doctor and medical team, operating room, and instruments. Great idea, I will send Reiki into the future (Distance Reiki). I also did Reiki in the hospital and and while recuperating. There was a nurse in recovery who mentioned that at the first twinge of pain to take a painkiller. Knowing what it is like to get into a cycle of pain which is hard to get out of, I confess that I took two doses (the one every four hours kind) during the first couple of days. However, and this is the big one, I have had virtually no pain! The next few days I sat in amazement and disbelieve.
Today is freedom day ~ I get my stitches out. Can I definitively say that it was the release of the old stories, the paradigm shift or the Reiki? I'd like to believe it was the combination of all three. This little experiment has proven, at least to myself, that letting go of old stories and purposefully setting out to create a new one is very doable and positive. I am so grateful for Reiki, my good health, Dr. James Matthew, and the medical staff at Jim Pattison Outpatient and Surgery Centre, Surrey, for helping me put my best foot forward. (No pun intended).
Wishing you a wonderful Spring with a spring in your step.
P.S. I am still accepting clients at this time.
Reana Selody Joubert
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