ED Visit

Disclaimer: Some of the pictures could be graphic, so if you don’t want to look at them maybe skip this post.

The Most Important One: Believe You Can Heal. Your body responds to your thoughts, so make them positive ones!

So for this weeks post I thought I would talk about something different. My most recent visit to the Emergency Department. I was in the process of making my ornament for my Family Christmas Competition this year. I was trying to cut some tree bark with a very big sharp knife (When I say sharp it is my favorite knife from Pampered Chef that cuts through spaghetti squash like butter). I kept telling myself, ‘Remember Catherine this is a very sharp knife so be careful’ (Yes I was very stupid, I will admit to that, using a knife to cut some bark). The knife happened to slip the wrong way and cut down my left index finger. Luckily it wasn’t too bad of a cut, but bad enough that the bleeding wasn’t stopping and my wonderful roommate who is a nurse drove me to the hospital and stayed with me.

I am grateful for the doctors, PAs, and nurses who were working on a Sunday night in the ED. Without them I wouldn’t really know how to fix my finger or stop the bleeding. I do think western medicine serves a purpose in this way by helping fix people. They are good at what they do and the people that took care of me really do enjoy helping others. I truly believe Doctors, nurses, PAs, and other healthcare professionals really do want to help others. I am also grateful for the bunch of bananas I grabbed to snack on.

My finger still bleeding 2 hours after I cut it.

But what I didn’t like (which I could’ve said no to) was getting the numbing medicine for them to stitch my finger up. I didn’t like it mostly because I don’t know what is in that vial (since I was never shown the ingredients), that they used a topical antibiotic (never shown ingredients) and that the numbing medicine was injected into my system. I did sign for them to treat me so that is all on me. I also felt that I lost a lot of blood for me. The cut never stopped bleeding until he stitched me up. I know a lot of people would be like of thats totally fine to lose that much, but to me, that was a lot of blood that could be helping me right now.

Four stitches

But what I choose to do from now on to heal this cut will be following the Medical Medium recommendations. Which means no Ibuprofen or Advil or Neosporin or anything that is not natural to healing me. Celery Juice will be used to help this scar heal, because if it can heal me on the inside, it can definitely heal me on the outside. This means I will be posting about my healing story! Unfortunately, my body (my liver and immune system) will have to detox out the numbing medicine, and the topical antibiotic that they put on it and other things I was exposed to with an open wound. This may take a toll on my body since I am only a year into my healing journey. It might be 2 steps back for me, but I know I will bounce back and be healthier than ever, just you wait.

The recommendations from MM:
1. Warm and cold packs. I have already been icing my finger which I know helps inflammation. Definitely using this in my healing journey the next couple of weeks. he says to use it for 30 mins, twice a day.
2. Gentle movement of the injury. I will be trying to incorporate it a little starting tomorrow, even if its painful. I have to get blood and lymph flowing through it.
3. Healing Foods: Leafy greens like kale and spinach, oranges, wild blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, sweet potatoes, asparagus, atlantic sea dulse and grapes. ( I only listed the ones I am using)
4. Healing supplements: B12, Zinc, Vitamin C, Nettle Leaf(Traditional Medicinals), Magnesium Glycinate, Spirulina, Cat’s Claw, and lemon balm. (Mostly Vimergy products) (I only listed the things that I will be using and have access too.)
5. The Most Important One, Believe You Can Heal. As MM says (and so do many others) Your body responds to your thoughts, so make them positive ones!

Life is always going to throw curve balls. It’s how you deal with those curve balls that really makes the difference. You can choose to be upset, mad and frustrated at the situation, or you can choose to use it as a learning experience and be grateful for what you have. It is really all about mindset, so I am going to choose to believe that I will heal fast by using my kind of medicine.

Much Love,

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