by Denise Morden, Byron Bay
Recently I had to spend some time in hospital and it was an amazing experience, because it was the closest I had come to experiencing true and integrated medicine.
My doctor is extraordinary. He is also a healer, who combines medicine with psychological and physical care by treating the whole body. I have never had a physician like this before; he is always accessible and I know he is there for me, in my corner.
This is an extraordinary relationship: a partnership, there is no “them and us.”
His care is for the whole body and the person; I am not just a ‘patient’. I am met, connected to, and he sees who I am. I am not a victim of the disease or the medical system, because I am pro-active in my treatment and care, a co–creator in my own healing. I am fully responsible for the choices I make. I have great trust in him even when he is honest enough to say he is not sure what to do next. I know that his humility and his ability to accept and surrender will allow him to KNOW what the next step is when it comes to that. His skill and care also extend to before, during and after any procedure.
Over the years I have seen how the unit and ward he works in have totally been transformed. His staff love him, because he knows who they are, he knows all their names and what they do. One nurse tells me that some of the other doctors don’t even know their names. He works with them all as a team, each one is essential to the holistic care of the person. This shows in the extraordinary way I am treated by all the staff.
The level of care goes above and beyond anything I have ever experienced from specialists and care in other hospitals.
Everyone I meet who attends to me, from the doctor to the cleaner, introduces themselves and explains what they do.
I am informed every step of the way, about what is going on, and constantly asked if I am OK, comfortable, or in pain.
From the warm blankets put on me in the operating theatre, to the care of the porter who wraps me in blankets in the wheelchair when going to have an x ray.
I am treated with the utmost care and respect, with dignity. But there is also friendly chat, humour and laughter, as we exchange stories about our lives.
No effort is spared in my comfort, from the anaesthetic cream applied to my skin, so I don’t feel a single needle, to the menu specially prepared for me by the chef as I have food intolerances. No expense is spared in my care – l feel that these people love what they do and they do it with love.
No matter how good the doctor is, without this aftercare the outcome for patients would not be so favorable.
For me this is true integrated medicine and holistic care, from the ward through to the procedure and the aftercare and this is empowering for me.
I am an active partner in the treatment, management and healing of my disease.
With this support I am encouraged also to look at the deeper psychological issues and experiences that have got me to this point. My healing is so deep because I have the trust and support to go there, to let go, to accept and surrender to this level of care.
The depth of my healing shows in my recovery and resilience.
I have a genetic disease that should have killed me 10 years ago, yet now my tissue is regenerating, and with the medical help and the letting go of issues, my body is able to heal to a new level.
I am told that I am a ‘medical miracle.’
The miracle for me is finding an extraordinary Physician and Healer whose support and care has allowed me to heal.
I have experienced a new level of true integrated care.
This is truly Universal Medicine.