Over the weekend I was struck down with an icky case of food poisoning, something I haven't experienced since I was a child. I'm talking primary school age! I was really unwell, and everything came crashing down for 24 hours. At the first sign of it, Michael, my husband, decided to contact a house call Doctor. Personally knowing what was ahead for me, and that it wouldn't take much for me to become dehydrated and exhausted, he knew this was a good idea. I was a little apprehensive at the idea of seeing a traditional Doctor, especially one that doesn't knows my history and beliefs towards medicine.
Throughout my wellness journey my faith in traditional medicine has dropped and dropped, and I have almost been a little angered by it. I don't believe in seeking healthcare for minor ailments, I believe in prevention in the way of food, lifestyle and spirituality. But unfortunately sometimes things like food poisoning happen, and catch us off guard.
I was glad to have Michael there to help me make decisions when I was vulnerable and struggling to keep my head together on my own. After a big chat with Mike, I descided to take an injection of Moxalin, a drug used to stop vomiting. Luckily it worked for me and I didn't have any obvious reactions. To think that what I experienced in those first few hours could have continued for almost another day is kinda scary! As soon as I was up to it, I went straight to acupuncture to help my liver excrete anything it was struggling with, and to help me get back on track.
As always, I learnt a lesson through this experience, that there is always a place for traditional medicine. In a crisis, traditional medicine is amazing. Unfortunately a green smoothie wasn't going to help me in this case! I was reminded that it's ok to sometimes turn to traditional medicine, in order to help you through a tough situation. For everyone the line is different as to where a tough situation begins. I'm glad to know where my line stands now, and that I'm ok with making descisions like this in the future.
Now more than ever, I believe that knowledge is power, and that making descisions from a place of education is one of the best ways you can care for yourself. How do you feel about tradition medicine in a crisis? I'd love you to share your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below.