Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Just Between Us

Recently I cried.
I cried because of my work.
Although I worked all day and all night, 
There was only so much that could be done by the team,
and there were so many more that need our help!

This is a call to Healers.
Healers from all kinds of methods and practices of training.

You are invited to come on board. Why?

It's time.

The following conversations--events happened recently, and I think you should know:
  • UCLA hospital provides juice, saltine crackers, and graham crackers for all medical staff routinely. They are in a drawer. A surgeon I know graduated from that program. She had many meals that were just that--juice, graham crackers and saltines--so many that for years she couldn't eat them any more. Just opening the package gave her flashbacks of residency overwork.  (UCLA has an excellent cafeteria with meal tickets for all of the residents. It's free. But the work hours are so arduous, that there really isn't much time for those who have those tickets to eat. It was the same for me in my residency. I lived off ensure I 'borrowed' from the burn unit with the nurses kindly 'looking the other way' because as a second year surgery resident running the ICU's at the hospital, I was plenty overworked myself.)
  • This same surgeon also had, at all times in the hospital, a cooked pop tart wrapped and ready to be shoved in the mouth, in the pocket of the white coat. This surgeon is extremely thin. But even still, thin surgeons need to eat, and meals were not always an option in training. In my locker in the O.R. I always had a spare can or two of Boost, in the chocolate flavor, for the same reason--to get a couple more cases in without the need to eat.
  • Another surgeon from UCLA was in the O.R. the time that the patient caught on fire. There was oxygen pooling under the drapes, and there was a spark from the cautery, and up in flames the drapes went. (drapes are the surgical paper cloths used to keep something sterile during surgery.) The anesthesiologist RAN out of the room! 
  • The point here is that medical care might not be available during a mass casualty--the providers have to choose between helping others and helping themselves.
  • During the Northridge Earthquake, the Sepulveda VA was affected. The generators didn't turn on. The staff was having to decide 'who to let go' because they couldn't keep all the ventilators running and people squeezing bags to help those patients breathe. (also the i.v. pumps with the pressor drugs had their batteries die out). 
  • During this same Earthquake, a resident who was not at work had an axe and some other safety equipment in his apartment. He drove to the hospital, and broke windows open to permit air to come in to the hospital. The ventilation system was down, and this unsung hero saved many lives!
  • At our hospital, if we are not on call during a mass casualty (disaster where many patients/wounded come in all at once to the nearest receiving hospital), we do not have to go in. We can stay with our families. Always remember that people want to be with their loved ones in times of distress--not every doctor and nurse and pharmacist is going to be at the hospital like always. Think of it as 'weekend staffing' and 'more than normal weekday demand in patient care'--this is why we are inviting you to help with the rise to the occasion.

Surgeons have to sleep. So do anesthesia providers, and nurses and even the people who clean the instruments and the floors in the O.R.

Although because of our training, we work long hours as a matter of course, this is not easy on us.

Imagine 911 with the firemen and the policemen in those first few days after the collapse of the buildings...and that was just one building, not a whole town.

Imagine right now where there is poison (for whatever 'reason' leaking tank or intentional) affecting the water supply from the Ohio River, which feeds into the Mississippi ultimately...resources are being gathered to get bottled water to the people who are affected, and massive prayer is being sent out by healing hearts from across the globe...

Imagine any or all of these unpredictable things that can happen, acts of nature or acts of man.

Superimpose on that the current ability to meet current demand in health care in local hospitals and mental health centers.

And imagine a sudden increase if anything were 'to happen' in your area.

Do you feel that 'nudge' and 'wish to be of assistance' in your heart? If you feel so moved, read this, and also, reflect on your 'inner guidance' at any time of 'situation' that might come up in the future. With the economy and global politics the way they currently are, anything can happen.

And as healers? It's best to just face the facts and prepare as a team, together, for 'what may arrive'.

We are in this together, all of us, with Spirit's assistance on our behalf, too.

Here is a letter from a news update from the Healers Group at Prepare For Change:

The Healers Group is concerned for the well-being of others in the immediate time after the Event. 

As with any sudden disruption, people tend to be in shock. Often they worry more about their loved ones than themselves. Although many will be glued to the TV to make sense of what is happening, there are things we as healers can do to make the changes easier on them.

Our goal is to comfort and reassure, to be the Light for others, and to work with Spirit to adapt more rapidly to the changes in order to make the path clear for those who follow.

We anticipate people to be in a numb lull, fogged out, spaced out, and feeling 'lost' or 'ungrounded'.

General suggestions to the public include staying home for the day, playing with your kids, and allowing yourself the time and space to process what is going on around you. 

We also anticipate the rise in vibrations to be positive for the majority of the population, and bring out the best in others who will rise to the occasion and give help overall. (there might be a few lower density people who will be uncomfortable at first, but will readily adapt if not 'pushed' in that direction.)

Here are some examples of simple things healers can do to make a big difference in the lives of others:
1) for the children--PLAY with them. The human interaction and play are the most healing things one can do for a child. For them, Play is 'normal' and helps them to process the change on their own terms.
2) for seniors--check to see where their comfort zone is, and keep them as close as possible to that. 
3) for everyone in between--be there in roles of comforting for them. Listen to your inner guide, your heart, and do what 'feels right'. 

Many who have experienced a trauma or sudden Event are disoriented. A paramedic on our team suggests giving small tasks, such as getting a drink of water or a blanket, to keep them focused. Unfocused people tend to wander, and might walk into danger, such as oncoming traffic.

It is important for Healers to stay centered in the Heart. Look for the tell-tale glaze in someone's eyes of having 'information overload' and being in a protective state of denial. Be courteous, kind, and caring to these individuals as they come 'back to earth' after the big shift.

In summary, we advise the Healers to Listen to their inner guidance, to follow their spontaneous direction, and to trust that. It is a time for letting go of the Lower Ego Mind, and to integrate the intuitive Sense.

Be The Light.
Be the Love.
Trust the Process.


The Healers Group

No matter what, it's going to be OKAY!

Aloha and Mahalos,

Reiki Doc