Doing God’s Work – The Case of “M” and Severe Knee Pain
Toward the end of my workday Monday I was feeling like I might have a handle on my real job now that I am in one location only instead of running between properties … then I got a text to adjust my Tuesday to see a patient on another property. Once again, I felt out of control of my schedule and like I was being taken advantage of – my commitment of working 6.5 hours a day has turned into 8-10. Angry thoughts were running through my head as I headed to work today at 6am. When I arrived and was wheeling my cart of supplies to the front door, I was greeted by the "regulars" hanging out on the porch. One was at the ready to open the door for me while the other asked if I could advise him about his knee. When I asked how long his knee had been bothering me, he said, "It just started when I saw you." As I realized he was flirting with me I smiled. I felt my anger already waning. I belonged here.
I was to see a patient, "M" for self-care training (bathing and dressing), but when I got to her door, I heard her moaning loudly inside. I went inside and found her sitting on the side of her bed complaining of terrible pain in her legs. She has severe arthritis, especially concentrated in her knees. I had her lie down and felt her legs. They were burning hot. I immediately began cranial sacral therapy to balance the meridians. The words, "This is why I'm here – to do God's work", ran through my head. I was no longer thinking about my anger.
I started with kidney points and progressed to liver, gallbladder, spleen, stomach, and bladder. As her legs became cool to the touch, M said, "I felt the pain drain right out of me." M was confused and kept expressing concern that she was keeping me from sleeping. I was able to assure her that I had gotten plenty of sleep. Finally she was able to rest. There is nothing as humbling as taking away another's pain. Nothing.