I took a ride in a ambulance last week.
I’m okay now, so don’t worry, but it was an intense and frightening experience for me.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the skilled EMT’s, nurses, and doctors that cared for me that day. (Sidenote: Have you ever had an IV put in by an EMT in an moving ambulance?? They are seriously rock stars, because I have no bruising at all!)
And I’m even grateful for the drugs they gave me.
Did I just hear her right???
Yep. You heard me loud and clear.
Look, pretty much anyone who knows me knows that I’m all about real food and love natural remedies – especially essential oils.
Essential oils have empowered me as a mother to take care of myself and my children in ways that were not possible before I learned about them.
That doesn’t mean I shun modern medicine. It has it’s place, and for me it had a place last week. No amount of Lavender oil was gonna solve my problems.
I think it’s easy to get really caught up in hating modern medicine. I totally get it. I’ve had several unpleasant encounters with doctors who don’t listen to me, and just throw drugs at a problem that has no need for it. It seems like modern medicine has gone overboard lately.
But here’s the thing, I’ve also had great experiences with doctors and nurses who listen to me, and work with me, and have taken care of me when I really needed it. And sometimes to take care of me, they really do need to use the miracles of modern medicine.
I guess what I’m saying is this – both modern medicine AND essential oils have a place in our personal health care. Natural remedies, like essential oils, can do, and are doing, amazing spectacular things. And so can modern medicine. I believe that as patients we have the responsibility to seek out the appropriate care for our situation. And we need to ask lots of questions, look for the safest remedies to our issues, and make educated decisions.
Many times, probably most of the time even, a change in diet in combination with a natural remedy is the best solution. I’ve used natural remedies and essential oils for wasp stings, ant bites, cuts, bruises, coughs, sore throats, fevers, ear infections, emotional support, pms, pain, headaches, colds, flus, carsickness, and on and on. But when I break my femur (not what happened last week, fyi 😉 ), sign me up for the morphine and a surgery.
So here I am. A self-proclaimed crunchy homesteading Mama, telling the world that I’m grateful for modern medicine. I’m also grateful I’ve got natural options at my disposal to use when they’re appropriate. It’s brilliant! It’s amazing! It’s a responsibility too. To educate myself and be proactive in my own health care.
I’ve seen too many people set aside their own responsibility in their health care, to their own detriment, allowing themselves to be given the run-around by the modern health care system. And I’ve seen people take it to the other extreme and refuse modern care when that’s probably what they needed.
So my plea today, is to ask you to educate yourself on your options, and then use them appropriately. Be proactive. There is no need to shun natural medicine OR modern medicine. They are both resources at our disposal to benefit and care for us when needed.
Knowledge is power. So step up, and take on the task of educating yourself so you have the power to make the best choices for your health in the various circumstances you may find yourself.
Whichever end of the spectrum that may be.