December 4, 2009
A couple sat across from me in the waiting room. They looked bored as well. Mr. Husband looked at Mrs. Wife and said in a voice loud enough for me to hear .. "Want me to show you how to clear a waiting room? I'll just have a little coughing and sneezing fit -- we will move to the front of the line really quick!" His wife poked him in the ribs and smiled. I smiled too. They reminded me of my parents.
My doctors' opinion on the H1N1 vaccine seemed to have changed since the last time I spoke with him. I had already decided I 'was not accepting delivery' of any kind of flu - so therefore I would not take the H1N1 vaccine. This suited him fine the first visit. Shots were not available to my age group at that time, so he agreed I had made the correct decision. This time, however, the vaccine was available to everyone -- they had tons of the stuff, were busy peddling it, and anyone who wanted it could have it. Perhaps you should reconsider he announced. Perhaps I should not, I thought to myself. I still had the same opinion - I don't know what the side affects are, I have been exposed to the Hong Kong flu and therefore have some immunity, and thirdly, it's not really hitting my age group. So, thanks, but no thanks. I'll take my risks with the flu rather than the vaccine, thank you. What did you think of all the press on the H1N1. Did you choose the vaccine?
Don't get me wrong, he's a good Doctor and I like him very much. He takes good care of me in his way, and has done a tremendous amount for me. He is still, however, a Doctor of Medicine, and as such believes in scientific evidence above all else. Somewhere along the way traditional medicine has lost track of the fact we are an entire, whole, complete entity - body, mind and spirit. As a Dr., he sees each organ and piece of us as separate and apart from the whole, to be treated as such. I don't agree. My philosophy is we are a complete 'ball of wax' and must be treated as a 'whole'. I am a big fan of 'integrated medicine'. It is slow coming and still expensive. It will, however, evolve in its time.
And so, I came away from the Dr. with very clean hands. I believe the media has given the H1N1 as much hype as it can bear, and we as a society have swallowed much of it. We are so easily influenced. I am constantly reminding myself to question everything, and decide what I think for myself.
WHAT MAKES MY HEART SING
Albequerque , NM each year. That event is on my gondola list. I have never taken a ride in one either. I am excited to experience that. It must be incredible to drift through the air without a sound - although I know when they light the 'gas fire' to gain altitude, it's very noisy. The colours are glorious! A sky full of them makes a tremendous artistic statement. Even one in the sky is tremendously effective. When we lived on the acreage in Alberta, they would drift over fairly often, and occasionally would land in the field. That was always an exciting happening. I definitely want to witness the big event in New Mexico. I definitely want to experience a ride in a balloon. Hot Air Balloons make my heart sing!