Do you know when it is right for you?
This was her third visit. She had come to me 4 months ago with various complaints relating to her menopause. At that time she was taking her hormonal supplement daily as prescribed by her gynaecologist. As she sat down, she winced with pain. She straightened her legs painfully, trying to become a little more comfortable. She had long, blonde hair, which was well cared for. Her blue–blue eyes looked at me with a friendly expression of trust.
“What is wrong with your legs?” I wanted to know.
“I have had my second operation to remove varicose veins”, she answered.
“The insides of my thighs are very painful. I have been back to the vascular surgeon for a check-up; he is of the opinion that I am a slow healer. He says there is nothing more to do than wait. I find I don’t sleep because of the constant pain. I was wondering if you could give me something natural to help me to sleep.” She talked in a soft, warm voice, with a kind expression in her eyes.
Strange, I thought, people always want a solution for the pain or the sleep. They don’t stop to ask what is causing the discontent. She did ask her surgeon, and was sent away with a response of ‘wait and see’. Now, instead of looking into the cause, she accepts his answer, wanting something for sleeping only. The fact that he responded the way he did does not mean that it is true. People still do not question enough, I thought.
“How long have you been on your hormone replacement?” I wanted to know.