Okay, so it wasn’t quite as serious as Dr. Leonid Rogozov having to perform an appendectomy on himself in Antarctica. But the incident did have the potential of interrupting the flow of a lovely day on the mountain.
We were hiking on Mount Hood, near the Silcox Hut (el. 7,016’), when the daughter of the couple I was hiking with slipped and fell on the rocky terrain, and hurt her knee. There were no immediate medical services up there, and none of us had a first aid kit. It was just a casual day hike, after all. The nine-year old bravely told me the pain was a ten out of ten, and it was obvious that it was difficult for her to walk. So we stopped right where we were and started doing Pranic Healing on her knee.
A few minutes later, she said the pain was all gone and was now enthusiastic about finishing the hike. Magic? She thought so. Placebo effect? Depends on what you believe. For me, it was just another day in the office, wherever I happen to be – even on the side of Mt. Hood!
Fortunately, we had a very favorable outcome. But the situation raises the question of what to do when we are unable to access regular medical care due to logistics. Hopefully, if we get out in the woods often, we are keeping our CPR and First Aid credentials current. But sometimes, like Dr. Rogozov, we find ourselves in a situation where there are just no medical resources close by, and our needs exceed our first aid kit. Adding basic competency in Pranic Healing is great way to assist with the unexpected medical situation on the trail, whether it be a sprained ankle, severe muscle cramps or falling with a blow to the head.
What would you do?