Healer, heal thyself!
The sudden onset of the symptoms took me by surprise. Out of the blue my nose started to burn, thereafter dry and hot, head felt fuzzy and full, legs felt like jelly, eyes heavy and hot. The flu virus is in full swing, coming on when you least need or expect it. My appointment book is fully booked; now what?
It’s not easy to have to disappoint people who have been waiting for weeks to get their half-hour, but I also knew that if I pushed myself to work while fighting this virus, I would not be doing myself, or whoever comes to see me, a favour. I am fortunate to have a good standing in the business, with some people keeping their appointments and spending time with my replacement. Others chose to change their times, waiting to see me once I get back. Not everyone is understanding! This much is expected. The usual remark – “But she should not be getting ill!”, as if I am some super human creature who will never succumb to illness or death, leaves my staff exasperated. Strange how some people have this unrealistic expectation of one.
“Healer, heal thyself”, is another favourite comment from expectant customers. Just because one has a little more knowledge of healthy living than most, the unrealistic thought follows that one is not allowed to cough, sneeze, be pale, or even visit another health professional for oneself I remember the surprise on a patient’s face to find me sitting in the local GPs office for my annual pap-smear. “What are you doing at the doctor?!” Shock and disbelief flashing across her face. To many people their lives are an ‘either/or’ situation. When they use natural medicines or consult homoeopaths, it is seen as a type of self betrayal if you make use of the services of an allopathic western trained doctor! For years there was little or no co-operation from the different disciplines. This is changing. I refer many of my patients to allopathic gynaecologists, oncologists, urologists, surgeons, etc.