04 August 2012



Title:   Two new knees for my long-time friend

The other day I received a fabulous e-mail.  It was from Juzee, a dear friend I have known since 4th grade who later became my best friend throughout Linden, NJ, High School.  It read:  "A great thing happened yesterday - I took a long walk on the beach! I have been reluctant to walk on sand, but yesterday was so beachy that it compelled me to try. I remembered what it was like to have normal knees and to take a normal walk.  I could actually have gone farther but I tried to keep my elation down so as not to overdo it.  I am blessed to be feeling well again, making good progress.  And a lot of that progress is owed to reflexology and you. It is in your hands, literally and figuratively, that my healing progressed at the rate that it did. I better understand the healing process; it's not just taking the medicine and doing the physical therapy. My entire body was reeling from the intrusive surgery, and reflexology got me past the worst of it. I also see why the pre-surgical sessions we had were so important. It prepared the way for this rapid healing. I can't thank you enough for your commitment to my getting well."
It was a happy day when Juzee began coming in for reflexology treatments.  At the same time, it made me sad to see her in so much pain.  The reality was that Juzee's knees were killing her and she had scheduled surgery to replace the entire knee joints of both knees.  To support the surgery she asked if I could give her several Reflexology sessions a week both before and after the operation.  
As I worked on her feet, I witnessed Juzee's capacity to be with her pain in an open and non-judgemental way.  In her own words after a session, " I have been crying a bit and I feel a little dam has opened up to allow me my tears and fears prior to this surgery. I am mourning the loss of my knees but I am welcoming the new ones with open arms".  Thus, the reflexology was the window which allowed her body and mind to relax before the surgery.  Then on Easter Sunday, a day after the surgery, I worked gently on her feet for a few minutes.  Although a bit groggy from the anaesthesia, Juzee, in her own inimitable way, was already bringing delight to the nurses and other patients.  
I continued to work on Juzee at home.  Her knees were soon straight and in her own words,"beautiful",  after being bowed inwardly for so long.  The staples were soon removed and the scarring diminished rapidly from visit to visit.  Little by little the trauma of the surgery was lifted as Juzee realized she was definitely getting better quickly.  
What a miraculous day it was when Juzee came to see me at the Salon for the first time since before her surgery.  Climbing down the steps, walking straight and tall, her face was radiant.  I could not help but feel the preciousness of our experience - how miraculous it was to be allowed to participate in Juzee's healing.  As Juzee discovered - this spontaneous healing energy was at work empowering her in her pain to open to growth and change.  And by putting her feet first, I could see that Juzee was inspired to continue finding other quiet islands for taking care of herself and her loved ones.



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