Tales from the Practice of Medicine: The Case of Nancy (Part 1): Psychological Impediment

Yu Lin

PureInsight | April 14, 2003

(PureInsight.org) "Doctor, why am I so unlucky?" Weeping in the consulting room, Nancy told me about her recent experiences.

"On my birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before I had a chance to prepare myself mentally, I was rushed to surgery. From that point on, things only went from bad to worse. The nurse could not find my vein when she tried to draw my blood. Then my doctor suffered from a stroke while examining me. Then the surgical equipment that was to be used in my surgery got lost on its way from the East Coast, and nobody knew which hospital it was sent to. They finally managed to finish my surgery, during which both of my breasts were removed. But my wound did not heal completely long after they discharged me. On the way to the hospital for the doctors to re-examine my wound I had a car accident which opened up my wound even more. I was sent back to the operating room and had the wound resutured."

I was extremely surprised by what I heard. "There must be some reason why all these things happened. Why has this patient experienced so many unusual events, even after the surgery was performed? Is it possible that she has a psychological impediment?" I wondered. I asked her, "Is there anything in your mind that has caused a great deal of strain to you?" Only then did she tell me what she experienced during her surgery.

Nancy was given general anesthesia during the surgery. The doctors thought that Nancy had lost consciousness, and began to talk amongst themselves. How could they know Nancy was somehow able to hear their conversation? She heard one doctor say, "Her cancer has already reached a very advanced stage. It might already be too late for surgery and chemotherapy to help her..." After hearing that, Nancy came out of surgery feeling hopeless, and believed that it was too late for her. She lost any hope of recovering from cancer and was convinced that her life was coming to an end. All the unexpected events before the surgery only made her feel worse. Such a psychological condition caused her wound to heal very slowly.

How does the psychological condition of the patient influence his health? Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, says, "It is known that what actually causes people to become ill is seventy percent psychological and thirty percent physiological. Typically, one experiences a mental breakdown, the mind cannot handle it, and one suffers a heavy mental burden before the illness' condition drastically worsens. It is usually like this" (Zhuan Falun).

After finding out the root cause of her slow-healing wound, I recommended to Nancy that she talk with her doctor. Although she hesitated at first, she finally agreed to do so. She made a phone call to the nurse, who was greatly startled by what Nancy told her and immediately called the doctor. The doctor then explained to Nancy that the patient that he was talking about during the surgery was not her but someone else. After the clarification, Nancy's wound healed completely within two days.

(To be continued)

Translated from http://zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2003/2/8/20377.html

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