Illness and Gratitude

I wrote the other day about getting Shingles just before the Thanksgiving Holiday. I may not be happy to have a major illness. I hated canceling patients just before the holiday, but I have to acknowledge those things that I feel really sincerely thankful for.

My husband’s doctor could get in a new patient at a convenient time. They were fast, professional and he diagnosed the problem immediately. He took a culture and put me on antivirals. There was a lot of facial redness and some concern that it was bacterial so they did antibiotics. He got me into the opthamologist who shared and office with him. There was hardly any waiting. They gave me an ointment.

I shared my illness with both of my naturopathic physicians (yes I have two. I go for different things). The first has been very attentive to my updates. She has made sure to work with me on making sure I see her soon so that I can work to rebuild my gut health and immune system.

The other works energetically and she immediately decided I needed a homeopathic remedy which she was sending off.

I do vacation coverage for an acupuncturist in town. She was hoping I could work more hours. I emailed her about why I couldn’t this time. She called within two hours. I had asked if she knew what a teacher we both loved would say. She had talked to him about a similar problem and relayed all the information to me and offered to treat me on her day off. This is huge for this woman as she has a VERY big practice. In fact, it’s the kind of practice most people only dream about (and then decide they don’t want to work that hard!).

The antiviral worked very quickly and there is currently no corneal involvement and the shingles seem to be going away.

I have an office mate who could cover my patients that I had to cancel. I had a long holiday weekend to not stress about missing work and just be home and rest.

I was also grateful that whatever I am doing is pushing out the virus. I have hopes that I will feel even better after this round of medication and I recolonize my gut (although I am taking extra probiotics).

In all cases, this worked out so well for me. Being sick has never been easier. Yes, I wasn’t happy to wake up with a swollen eye but as I look back on the week, there is a ton of things to be grateful for. I started with that several days ago. I have no doubt that the apparent ease with which my body has navigated this issue has something to do with all the things I was so thankful for at the time. It wasn’t just quoting appreciation–I really was thrilled that these people were all rallying around me to help me heal. That makes a difference.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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