From Melissa G., RPN, Larder Lake, On.
“Grandma what are those?” I can remember sitting at my grandmother’s dining room table in amazement with her beautiful healing crystals. On her bookshelf next to the dining room were books on healing your inner-self and homeopathic medicine. I was fascinated with this form of healing but was too young to understand what it all meant.
“Why would you want to switch to a career that has no definitive proof of healing?” This was the response from a co-worker when I told her I was applying to take Homeopathic Medicine. Sitting there I thought to myself, of all the people I work with I thought she was the most open minded. To my surprise I was wrong. Her question was difficult for me to answer on the spot. I thought to myself, how do you convince someone to be open minded about homeopathy?
I told her “I believe that our bodies are capable of doing a lot more than what we think. Our bodies are made up of a lot more then bones, tissues, veins, organs, bodily fluids, etc.. We are also made up of energy. Have you ever taken camomile tea to calm down before bed? Purchased a lavender candle to help you get to sleep? These are a few examples of alternative therapies that have no scientific proof that they work, but are used by many people. I have used homeopathic remedies on myself and my daughter. These remedies allowed us to heal ourselves. In the two years since my daughter has been born she has not had to take any medications. If you had the option of using non-medical remedies on yourself and your daughter would you not want to give it a try? Have you ever wondered why some of our palliative residents have come off palliative status once their medications are discontinued? Do you not agree that giving someone a Tylenol QID and PRN for headaches for example is possibly acting as just a band-aid? That we are truly not allowing them to heal but simply suppressing or masking their symptoms.
At the end of our long conversation she is now open-minded to the possibility that our body may be capable of a lot more than what we think. I come from a small town with a population of just under ten-thousand people. A town where the vast majority of the population does not have a family doctor, there are no homeopathic practitioners and the closest Naturopath is 1.5 hours away. As a child my mother used homeopathic remedies on my sister and I, as her mother and her mother’s mother did before her. When I became pregnant I knew I wanted my pregnancy and birth to be as natural as possible. I made the decision to have a midwife deliver my child, but she went into labour early herself and could not be my midwife. I was extremely disappointed but chose a doctor that she recommended. He was absolutely amazing and I ended up having a natural birth. My daughter was born with no health issues and was a happy baby. At approximately 6 weeks old she became extremely colicky. My aunt, who is a huge believer in homeopathic medicine suggested I try Boiron products. I purchased Cocyntal which helps relieve colic and colic like symptoms. I would have to say it was one of the best things I have ever purchased. When she started to teeth, my husband and I had numerous sleepless nights until we bought Camilia. We were finally able to help our daughter get the relief she needed and we got some sleep. Now 2 years old, my daughter has had no infections but did get the occasional cold and flu for which I used homeopathic remedies. It has been my experience that homeopathy is amazing and works well with children. I, myself have used homeopathic remedies and have been healthy to this day.
Throughout my life I have been struggling to figure out what way I truly want to go in terms of a career. My mother's side of the family taught me about natural healing; whereas my father's side is made up of nurses, doctors, dentists, and pharmacists. I have been pulled and pushed in both directions of the healing fields. My father’s side would strongly suggest taking education in the medical field where my mother’s side was open-minded. When choosing my education I knew that I wanted to help people and decided to take practical nursing. For the past five years I have worked as a RPN. My usual daily duties are to ensure a safe work environment, monitor and chart 50 resident’s health status, administer their medications, provide therapeutic interventions as per physician’s orders, and supervise health care aides. Working as a nurse allows me to help people, but not in the way I truly believe in. The constant administration of medication and changing of medication in my opinion is like applying one band-aid after another. I was telling one of my residents my plan of a career in homeopathic medicine and she put her frail hand on mine and said “sweetie, where were you five years ago? If I had the option of trying homeopathic remedies while I was still at home I would have. I am happy for you and you will do well.” As nurses we are expected to not be emotional at work but I couldn't help but tear up. That specific resident is 90 years old, has complete function of her memory, but is in Extendicare because she has rheumatoid arthritis. Her rheumatoid arthritis makes it difficult for her to perform her activities of daily living. This was the push I needed to write this essay and apply to the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.
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