Michael was an inpatient at Boston Children’s Hospital (CHB) for more than four months. His treatment included a bone marrow transplant, and his then eleven-year-old sister was his ‘perfect match’ donor. In spite of the harsh side effects from chemo and radiation, my son flourished and was very healthy after his transplant.
Sadly, on December 26 this past year, my beautiful son suffered a relapse.
Once again we found ourselves at CHB for treatment, and once again Michael’s sister (now 16) was his donor.
Michael was extremely sick this time around, suffering many infections due to not having an immune system during treatment. He also suffered heart failure and spent two weeks in the ICU.
Michael’s nurses encouraged him to let them practice Reiki when he felt sick. The nurses promised Reiki treatment would not hurt, and would help him feel better. Michael loved his nurses, so he agreed to give it a try.
I was desperate for my son to feel better.
The pediatric oncology nurses are such special caregivers, as close to being angels as humans can get. I believed the nurses when they said Reiki treatment would help.
As I watched my son’s nurse start his Reiki treatment, I saw a calmness wash over him immediately. Just moments before, he had been extremely nauseated in spite of all the medications he’d been given to calm his belly.
Michael actually fell asleep as his nurse slowly placed her hands on his weakened little body. He slept calmly for a couple of hours and awoke no longer sick to his stomach.
I was truly amazed. Every time the nurses practiced Reiki on Michael, many times for many different reasons, his nausea or pain always subsided.”
“One of my son’s nurses found out I had a horrible headache. I was under a lot of stress and completely sleep deprived. I never left my son during the four months he spent in the hospital.
Michael’s nurse approached me and offered to help me get rid of the headache. I happily accepted. I had never experienced Reiki before.
When she first moved her hands near my head, I noticed a sensation like little electrical sparks in my head, and I felt heat at her hands. My headache intensified, and then slowly melted away.
After the treatment, she told me she felt heat especially when her hands were on my stomach, and asked if my stomach had been hurting. I told her yes; I have Crohn’s disease.
I was again amazed.
My headache was gone and I felt almost giddy, in a good way — not a feeling you get on the oncology floor. My son and I both had a positive experience with Reiki and now I want to learn to practice.”
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