I had always known that Reiki could speed recovery after surgery, but last month I got to experience this learning for myself.
My husband had surgery for repair to an inguinal hernia. For those who may not know, this is a common type of hernia in which a loop of the intestine protrudes directly through a weak area of the abdominal wall in the groin region. (source: Dictionary.com)
For the month prior to his surgery, my husband was extremely busy with work, overloaded in fact, and unable to rest up before the surgery as he had planned. This in turn increased his stress levels. He is self employed so a delayed recovery would impact his ability to provide for his family. Add to this, the knowledge a workmate had gone in for routine hernia repair and was discovered to have bowel cancer from which he never recovered. I’m presuming you are getting the picture now as to how high his stress levels were. As we all know, stress in the body prevents healing.
I got to work.
The day before my husband’s surgery, I sat down and sent distant Reiki to the hospital and surgical team for the time of the surgery and intended that the surgery happened in a manner for his highest good.
That night prior to sleeping and again in the morning of his surgery, I took the time to Reiki my husband, knowing that Reiki would help to relax and de-stress him before-hand, allowing his body to be better prepared.
When he came to from the anesthetic I gently gave Reiki, just with one hand on his knee knowing that Reiki would help lessen the after effects of the anesthetic. He said he could feel the energy travelling around his body and could especially feel it at the incision point.
I gave intermittent Reiki over the next couple of days, and then as he was feeling so good, we kind of forgot about it. He was back at work in 19 days functioning at full capacity.
We were able to compare the outcome this time to the same operation he had previously had performed on the other side of his body, with no help from Reiki. It was observed that, even though this time around there was more done as the surgeon discovered a second hernia and repaired that at the same time:
- My husband was a lot brighter and much more alert after a much shorter time frame
- Aches and pains normally associated with anesthesia withdrawal were non-existent
- His need for painkillers was greatly reduced – he required only 2 voltaren and 4 paracetamol in total whereas the last time, he was on a morphine drip to start with
- There was much less bruising present
- This time he was back at work on full duties after just 19 days, compared to 2 weeks off and 4 weeks of light duties last time