Well after a weekend of abseilling 300ft down the Spinnaker Tower, my next challenge a few days later was to go in to hospital and have a couple of operations! (Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy + Uterine Polypectomy & cauterisation of Lesion of Cervix Uteri to be precise!!)
Apart from a Tonsillectomy and Wisdom Tooth Extraction in my youth, I have been lucky enough to avoid the surgeons knife since then. Having taken the natural health path in my chosen career for the last 20yrs nearly, I feel my lifestyle and choices have certainly had a positive bearing on my general health. Now faced with entering the operating room, I decided to put my essential oils to the test! I may occasionally be accused of being stubborn (well, I prefer the term ‘very determined’!!!) but I am well aware and accept that there is a time and a place for conventional medicine and we are very blessed to have the national health service and orthodox medicine to support us when we are in need of it. We are also biochemically individual people and what may work for one person may not work for another – no one glove fits all! I felt I would need to go with the flow! So I took this route, not to be a martyr but to explore how I could use the oils to good effect, as much as possible – to be my own guinea pig!
In the run up to the operation day I made sure that I supported my immune system by continuing to take the Life Long Vitality Supplements from doTERRA – the best supplements, that I have felt a real difference with, throughout my years of being a Kinesiologist. I also took the NovoPrime which is an essential oil cellular complex supplement. I have also been taking Triease, an essential oil mix for seasonal allergies too (which has helped me immensely with hayfever). I also applied Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and OnGuard – a protective blend of essential oils, neat, topically to the soles of my feet, morning and night. Other essential oils were used as needed during the day (well I am an essential oil junkie!). I also massaged the Immune Boost Foot Cream into my feet twice daily.
On the day of the operation, whilst waiting amongst the nervous gowned patients in the waiting room on the Day Surgery Ward, I was given three tablets to swallow for pain relief, one bright blue, one bright pink and one white – I wasn’t going to object at this point! The General Anaesthetic (GA) was not pleasant to be honest and it took a while for me to come round after the op and not feel disorientated, be able to string a sentence together, move and stop shuddering from shock! Back on the ward, I slept, a lot. My oldest friend and my 15yr old son came to pick me up when I was not really in a state to get up, let alone leave! Maybe others would have been ready at this point as I think my time slot was obviously up!! At some point I must have been in a lot of pain as I took a couple of Co-Dydramol pain killers prescribed to me – to the surprise of my son and friend! Obviously still delirious and not much memory of this! I must say it did knock me for six and as I sat in front of the surgeon who wanted to speak to me before I left after I was discharged, I had what felt like a ‘Hypo’ – possibly from not having eaten for 19hrs, and had to be admitted to the ward again after nearly passing out. After explaining that I thought I just needed to eat something, I was offered a rather plastic looking white bread chicken sandwich – just what a gluten intolerant girl needs after surgery! But hey, I just needed to eat (after I prized it off of my teeth like glue 😉 ).
Apart from inhalation of some Balance (grounding) essential oil mix whilst sitting waiting to leave hospital, my oils stayed firmly in my bag locked away, after all, they like to get you out of hospital as soon as possible. Once safely home some 12hrs later, I began to make good use of my essential oil medicine cabinet. Now the fun could begin! 🙂
For pain relief I added two drops of Frankincense, Marjoram and Lemon Grass to an empty capsule and took this internally, every few hours or when the pain became worse. I applied OnGuard and Melaleuca directly to the soles of my feet and whilst I had waterproof dressings over my two wounds on my abdomen, I applied neat Helichrysum and Frankincense around the area, including on the bizarre blue/black bruise
there (obviously from one of the nurses stilettos!!). These oils are great for healing, inflammation and bruising. I also occasionally used the Deep Blue Rub to help with the pain. I continued to massage the Immune Boost Foot Cream into my feet also.
I was not quite prepared for the intensity of the pain of the trapped air which remained in my body after they pumped it with gas to enable them to get better access and make room for the camera etc. I was told this pain would migrate to the shoulders or between the scapula, and it did, as well as on top of the shoulder and across the clavicles. It took my breath away! For this pain I used either Deep Blue Rub or Digestzen – both with great effect and were so soothing. Luckily this pain was transitory/intermittent.
The day after the surgery was the most painful and whilst I did my best, I tried to sleep as much as I could and as I was still feeling rather spaced out, I was not able to take the capsules as frequently as I would have liked. If you have a partner who you’ve given instructions to – perfect, but whilst I had to take them when I felt up to making them up, this was probably not quite enough on this day. Whilst I coped most of the day, I could then see my son worrying about me being in pain at times so decided to take a couple of Co-Dydramol in the afternoon. Luckily this was the last of any medication I had to take I’m really pleased to say.
After showering and removing the dressings, I was able to apply Melaleuca firstly and then Helichrysum and Frankincense directly to my wounds. I would always apply Melaleuca first to make sure any wound or cut is completely clean before applying the Helichrysum as it is a bit like applying ‘liquid stitches’, and you don’t want fast healing on a cut or wound that isn’t truly clean! I continued to apply these at least twice a day for the next few days although not the Melaleuca. I also continued to apply them to the surrounding area as well to help with the inflammation, bruising and any pain. After the second change of dressings and applying the oils, I put a few drops of Frankincense and Lavender on the pad of the dressing before applying it again. I continued to apply Melaleuca and OnGuard to the soles of my feet before massaging the Immune Boost or the Relax Foot Cream in.
I have decided to take the capsule of oils, probably twice a day now and include Oregano, natures most potent antibiotic. With this addition I will continue to take it for about a week to 10 days, tweaking the other oils as needed. During these few days I had some healing and also an Aromatouch Technique treatment from friends. I now have hardly any pain and my wounds are healing fast. I have even been able to use my abs again the last couple of days!!! Yay! I so want to get back to working out! I also saw my first two clients today. Slowly does it but considering the doctors said most people take 2 – 3 weeks off work, I don’t think I’m doing too bad 6 days on!
So, at the end of day six after the operation, how do I feel about using essential oils pre/post surgery?
Well, to be honest, they have been invaluable. I certainly would have needed to be taking other pharmaceutical medication for the pain if I did not have them. It felt empowering to be able to adjust my ‘medication’ as needed and feel as though I was enhancing my health and strengthening my body. I don’t think any infections would have dared to get a look in either!!!
Could I have done any better? Why yes, I now know that when you have just had surgery and are feeling wobbly and out of sorts, that making up capsules and deciding on oils is not an easy task! It’s difficult to think straight sometimes. Having someone on board with you on this journey is certainly favourable in the early stages and can help keep you on track and keep the consistency up at the most crucial times, with just a little direction. Saying that, my 15yr old son who was with me the first few days and the numerous friends who have supported me have been fantastic. They are the family you choose and I love them all. Thank you 🙂
I hope by writing this that it may give someone the courage to try using these powerful essential oils to support their health and vitality. Yes, it’s trial and error but what an exciting journey we can make it!
Wishing you all health and happiness,
Love and light
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