Every once in a while, life throws you a little curve ball. Today was one of them.
We were enjoying a juice in the retreat restaurant, when an Australian mother rocked up with her little seven-year-old, who was in a great deal of distress with chronic intestinal pains. The poor little girl could barely walk she was in so much pain.
After cutting their stay early at another Yoga retreat she was recommended to see the colonic lady at our retreat…unfortunately she was fully booked out though and there wasn’t much she could do anyhow, as the colonic machine isn’t safe for children.
A brief discussion with mum and we could see and feel that her descending (left side) colon had blocked off and was completely rock hard. She was also experiencing pain in her ascending (right side) colon as she hadn’t been to the toilet properly for a good four or five days.
Enough’s enough I thought… I gave her a capsule of cascara sagrada, which is a pretty strong herbal diuretic that moves the most stubborn of constipation. Not ideal for a 25kg kid’s intestines, but hey with the amount of pain she was in, I wasn’t hesitating.
I also suggested that I also had a spare enema bag that we could use that wouldn’t be too intrusive for the little girl. After that, mum became nurse, as I demonstrated to her how to use the enema bag. As the little girl wriggled on the bed uncomfortably, mumsy did the deed, while I held the bag in the air, making sure that the water flowed out properly.
First enema, the little girl only released water. Second time, no luck again. I was starting to get a little worried as normally the enema works first go. Thank god the third time lucky worked a treat and she finally released some of the blockage. The pain reduced immediately and she was back to being a happy little kid. A bit later some more sharp pains, another big release and she was feeling even better again.
Mission complete. A great team effort!
After sipping on a mango juice and some water a grateful mum and daughter were on their way for a bit of last-minute shopping before heading to the airport.
As they were leaving I asked the little girl if she needed to go the toilet one more time before she left.
“What would happen if you needed to go in the car”, I joked.
“Don’t worry the car has air-conditioning”, she replied with total sincerity.
You gotta love kids!
It’s a good feeling to know that from all my pain and suffering I have actually learned a bit of medical common sense that can actually be beneficial to others. I might not be a doctor or a nurse, but I do have some clue.
Funny that the Balinese doctor who first visited their hotel, sent the little girl away with a pocket full of antibiotics that she promptly vomited straight back up. The antibiotics were supposedly for a urinary infection that he diagnosed on top of the constipation. Hey don’t worry about giving her something to alleviate her chronic constipation! Gee Whiz! I’m pretty sure the ‘urinary infection’ was just the ballooned bowel putting pressure on the bladder.
My faith in the mainstream medical world and a lot of its methods becomes less and less by the day. The world is waking up… the dodgy dealings, prescription kickbacks, Ineffective procedures and incompetent practitioners can’t be hidden for too much longer. It’s time to bring back some common sense!
The brave new world is coming and It can’t come bloody quick enough.