“Healing Touch, My Rope to Life”
by Nicole Kasemir, RN., HN, HTCP/I

At 95 years old, Mrs. D had recently lost her husband of 103. Refusing to live in a nursing home, she opted to move to Longmont last January to establish new roots in a lovely home complete with a garden surrounded by open space that set the perfect stage for the ever changing sunsets behind the Rockies – a setting strangely similar to her home prior to WW2 Germany. The home also included horses, chickens, an old Golden Retriever and caretakers that could provide for her daily needs.

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“I feel whole again” after a Healing Touch session. 

 

At 95 years old, Mrs. D had recently lost her husband of 103. Refusing to live in a nursing home, she opted to move to Longmont last January to establish new roots in a lovely home complete with a garden surrounded by open space that set the perfect stage for the ever changing sunsets behind the Rockies – a setting strangely similar to her home prior to WW2 Germany. The home also included horses, chickens, an old Golden Retriever and caretakers that could provide for her daily needs.

Mrs. D sole health issue was a swollen left knee, which had been diagnosed as arthritis. As her knee was getting worse, a series of tests were done that confirmed a “diffused lymphoma”, which was splitting the distal part of her femur.  Mrs. D was suddenly bound to a wheelchair unable to do weight baring activities on her left leg and in need of total care.  She started a four month cycle of Biotherapy, twice a week occupation physiotherapy and Healing Touch therapy (HT).   She received one-hour of HT sessions per week and a few shorter ones as needed. The goals of each HT session was to help reduce the swelling and the pain in her leg, lower her blood pressure and calm her anxiety so she could sleep better. I was also able to perform discrete HT therapy during her Rituxan infusions; she never had a reaction to the product (coincidence?).

It took three months of PT for Mrs. D to build enough strength and confidence to walk with a cane by herself again.  One late May afternoon, as she was taking a walk in the garden, she was startled by a new puppy and fell on her left side. Yes! Another fracture just below the head of the same femur.  What a set back! This time, Mrs. D’s imjury required surgery which hospitalized for her 12 days.  From post-op till her release, three of my HT colleagues and I took turns in giving her HT sessions almost daily.  Once at home, I continued her one-hour weekly sessions to uplift her spirit, help lower her fever and keep the swelling down.  Only once after her return home following an intense PT session, did she ask for pain medication.  More so, Mrs. D’s surgeon told her that she was “doing better than 99.1% of his even younger patients” and her oncologist  was “envious” that in less than two and a half months, she was walking almost a kilometer every day.

This whole adventure was not at all easy for Mrs. D.  At times when we set our mutual goals at the beginning of a HT session, she would say “work on my mood, I feel like I want to crawl under the earth and stop being a burden for everybody” but as she woke up at the end of the session, her feedback was: “I feel light and relaxed”.  “This is wonderful, the leg has no pain at all” (on that day, her pain level before the session was 8 on a scale of 10 – being the worst). “Up until now, the only thing on my mind was my knee, today I felt my whole body, alive again”.  “I felt like you got rid of a lot of mist, a lot of things that were not necessary”. “I still feel like waves flowing through me”.  “I feel really washed fresh”.  “I feel whole again”.  “Healing Touch was my rope I could hold on to when all my physical problems happened and I just wanted to die “. (Approved by Mrs. D)

The powers of HT extend beyond the physical and can lift the mood and emotional states of an individual, including their spiritual positions. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Good Sam’s skilled practitioner, call the office at 303-673-1615. Learn more about our HT practitioner, Nicole, here.

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