way cool experience at the holistic vet the other day....
I have a cat who was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and secondary cardiomyopathy (a likely heart murmur), and has been treated conventionally for almost 2 years. around the winter solstice, she experienced a period of very low potassium levels, so the conventional vet's solution was to pop yet another pill into her to address the potassium (which was getting thrown out of balance by the thyroid meds). anyhow.... getting fed up with the stress of pilling this cat, i finally managed to hunt down the holistic vet - a 25 minute car ride with a cranky cat was really the only thing holding me back.
so, i walk in and she directs me to what i think is the waiting room. fuschia (redbud) pink room, large wooden cabinet, lots of tropical plants, 2 big cozy chairs. turns out, it was the exam room - the vet sits on the floor on big dog bed pillow (vet does not wear a cute little white coat nor does she carry a stethoscope, though she has a real vet degree). cat was cranky, so she passed me a bottle of rescue remedy and instructed me to "just open it, hold it in front of her"... holy moly... rescue remedy has NEVER worked on this cat before, but this time, it worked like a charm - and really, all i did was hold the open bottle in front of the closed kennel door. she didn't even get too disturbed by the vet's dogs and cat coming in to check out her kennel.
the vet was trying to get a read on me (not having had a chance to read the page of info that i filled out), so i mentioned that (a) I work with my mentor (who referred me to the vet in the first place) and (b) i had just read "The Field" [great book, if anyone needs science-y connection for this sympathetic magick stuff we talk about here]... anyhoo... i told her i was fully ok with using homeopathy and intent alone, getting rid of the drugs.
i also mentioned that the onset of the thyroid symptoms occurred just a few months after the cat's sibling died. so we started lookign at GRIEF remedies. pendulum went NUTS when i read off Amber grisea, anthracinum, and a few others. thankfully, it was a clear "no" on the carcinosum. it also went nuts for Thuja (not a grief remedy but relevant because of vaccines and conventional drugs). she tested some others, even a thyroid supplement.
so, she administered a dose of thuja 30C right there, with instructions to give it abotu every 7 days but that i would know when the cat needed it, and the cat would "tell" me when she needed it. curious sensation... when she was using the pendulum to see if thuja was appropriate, my biceps turned to jello momentarily. and the vet felt my reaction to the thuja pendulum reaction.
while she was off getting some of the remedies to test, i picked up the thyroid supplement to check out its ingredients and apparently the energy shifted. she thought that perhaps *I* might need the supplement. darned if i can remember the name of the supplement though - it had calcium, magnesium, kelp and a few other herby things, along with pregnenolone (which is what caught my attention in the first place).
all the way there, when i was driving, the red bud trees were in full bloom, and were really jumping out at me. i thought it was intriguing that her exam room was almost exactly the same color. AND... while i was waiting for her to come into the exam room, not only did cat settle down, but my stomach started gurgling, much like it does when bodywork gets a release... it was one mighty powerful room.
cat had a very different voice in the car on the way home - she still complained but her voice was throatier. that evening, i was pickign flowers (to make some flower essences) and cat followed me all around the yard (a first). cat also took a pee out in the gravel near my raised bed. this cat NEVER EVER pees outside. NEVER. it's been 2 days since i gave her thyroid meds, and her bowel movements haven't turned to complete puddles like they normally would have...
another curious thing.... vet didn't have amber grisea, so she's having me come back in 3 weeks or so, when she'll have a colleague visiting who will likely have it (she was going to ask him to bring some of the grief remedies). he's more of a repertorizing homeopath, so she said they'd both work the case (oh, and the cat is a "fun" case and a good teaching case too). even more curious is that the colleague will have his own colleague tagging along, from Latvia. my dad is from Latvia. and while i was there, one of my mentor's patients also was there.
and then.... she told me that there'd be some great holistic vets at the MA herb conference in June... which i'm actually going to. mental note: get some names of people to talk to...