The Reconnection (part 2)

About the reconnection of my 4th metatarsal bone?  Well, “Thickened cortical bone and collar still healing.  Wear boot!” is that I got from the podiatrist two weeks ago.  “Give yourself a chance to completely heal,” he communicated to me.  And that’s what I’ve been doing.

Yesterday, I had an X-ray in the ED at the local hospital downtown Roatan.  I was told the bone is not healed yet.  “Wear the boot, or crutches.”  My heart sunk down to the deep blue sea.  What gives?  Well, I’ll stay put until I see the Orthopedic doctor on Friday.  Ole boy is on vacation and there is no other Orthopedic MD on this lovely island.  Breathing…. Really breathing deeply…

Our system is very slow here in Roatan.  Yesterday, I heard a nurse say to her co-worker in Spanish, “We’re out of Oxygen!”  The whole hospital!  By then I was looking around for the nearest exit door.  These things happen… Here.

If you find yourself very sick in some parts of the world, your options could very well be three good ones: pills, palpation (a feel up, massage therapy?), or prayers.

In Fiji, like in Roatan, modern medicine seems to be a baby trying to crawl, but from the looks of it, this might be more of a blessing than a backwards curse.  My western-trained mind scoffed at this country’s lack of modern technology.  Visiting two hospitals there helped me see a great need for advanced technology, but then it occurred to me, it is not so much technology that saves lives.  If it was so, the statistics for chronic diseases would be plummeting in Western worlds instead of rising.  There is only one good viable solution for said illnesses: prevention saves lives.  What do you say?

Still one has to recognize the great need for modern medicine for instance, emergency technology and emergency medicine.  If you’re having a heart attack, and you have lethal rhythms playing though your heart (heart rhythm acting up), you might want to have a telemetry monitor  and a functioning defibrillator nearby!  I’ve seen this technology save many lives.  For a season anyhow.  Oh, and having skillful people around when you’re sick to manage the equipments helps too.

IMG_5916Local Fijians have a reverence for prayer warriors and healers.  By healers, I mean those who use their hands to connect to a natural healing stream to help their clients.  Some locals people claim they are  the workers of Satan, etc., but I wasn’t there to judge.  I only know the few people I interviewed claimed to be Christians.

The healers don’t charge a penny for their services.  Locals usually bring the healer something, whatever they can afford such as a bunch of bananas, bread, roti, dalo, or donations, etc, as a ‘thank you’ gift.  All local healers believe their skill is something passed down from generation to generation to help people.  They claim their skill is non-transferable and non-teachable to others except immediate family.  Although it seems very simple, they only engage the use of their hands (sometimes feet), and may occasionally give a little bush medicine concoction to clients.

I was told it is not uncommon for Fijians to skip out of the long waiting line in local hospitals to see a local healer.  The healer’s clients are said to range from the common poor, famous rugby players, doctors and nurses, to political dignitaries.  So on a good day you might catch any of these sitting next to each other in lotus position on a straw mat on the ground, under a thatched shed, waiting their turn.

In Suva (on the big Viti Levu island) I witnesses the treatment by local healers who claimed to cure anything from cancer, gall-stones, depression, heart problems, etc, with just the touch.  There were specialist too, as in the case of Adi (pronounced Andy) who comes from a lineage of healers.  She and her clients claimed to heals broken bones by sessions of light massage.  She claims only to treat bones and bone related problems through the reconnection of touch.

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Adi, bone healer

Adi is quite popular.  Clients from other countries wanting her to travel to them for private service.  When I met her, she was contemplating taking a travel assignment, but she has 5 kids and found it hard leaving them.  Her eldest is 18, and the youngest is 6 years old. They all claim to be bone healers.

Adi’s sessions would last approximately 15-30 minutes each, for days, until the bone heals. If it was a broken bone she tended to, after her therapy, she’d mobilize them with plain sticks or tongue depressors (depending of size and location), wrapped with a moist rag (client had to keep it moist until the next session) held in place by an Ace Bandage, and a homemade clot sling if needed.

I saw Adi for my 4th metatarsal fracture, and had 4 treatments: two with her, and one with each of her eldest daughters.   She knew exactly where the injury was before I told her where it hurt.  Said something about being able to feel low energy in the area. I didn’t finish all my treatments, but each time I walked away feeling less pain.

It was told to me that there is a crew on the island of Beqa, off the coast of Vitu Levu, who can heal burns on the spot!  What they do is touch the burnt area, and the spot healed instantly.  I spoke with a Christian lady who claimed she and her husband once suffered severe burns, and the Beqa (pronounced Benga)healers appeared out of nowhere.  Their burn disappeared just as quickly as the healers did.

OYE!  This was a long blog post.  So many stories.  But, here I am sitting with one foot in a boot contemplating the reconnection process and what it would take to get this bone healed.  What I know about the reconnection?  It started in 2011 when I got my second metatarsal fracture (3rth metatarsal on right foot).  I was burning up with the desire to run, and I needed to get that bone back up and running.  A coworker of mine, a nursing supervisor, had me visit her oriental doctor and acupuncturist in Northern California.  That bone was dragging its feet healing too.  Let’s say, after 4 or 5 treatments of acupuncture and vibration therapy, myself and my orthopedic doctor were with jaws dropped.  Shortly after this, I ran the 2011  Nike Woman Marathon.

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Kind of injuries Adi and her children see on a day to day basis

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Adi’s little shed where she tends to clients.

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Another angle of Adi’s clinic

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