I Went To A Healer As A Last-Ditch Effort To Turn Things Around, And It Worked

I Went To A Healer As A Last-Ditch Effort To Turn Things Around, And It Worked

Don't knock it till you've tried it.


Last summer, I experienced an awful sickness that landed me in the emergency room. It began in the middle of my summer semester at UF. I got a fever that lasted for one full week. Fevers typically last two to three days but can last longer so this fact wasn't too concerning. However, my temperature was averaging 103-104. After six days of the fever, I decided to go to a walk-in clinic to get blood work done to make sure it wasn't a bacteria-induced fever.

When I got my blood work back they said I didn't have an infection and everything seemed fine. By this time my fever was going away and I was feeling much better. I continued to go to class as usual and everything seemed fine. But, a few weeks later I came down with a fever again.

I'm not someone who regularly gets sick. So, having a fever twice in such a short period of time was very abnormal but I figured it was just that time of the semester that college freshman living in dorms were all getting sick and that I caught something.

This fever seemed like the other one initially but by the second day, it became much worse. I went through extreme hot and cold flashes, which left me shivering. I was waking up multiple times throughout the night from being too cold or too hot. I couldn't make it to class this time around and I even traveled back home to have my mom help take care of me. The day I came back to Gainesville I broke down because of how much pain I was in.

My roommate drove me to the emergency room and I figured I would be sitting in the waiting room for hours because after all I only had a fever. They took my temperature right away it was 104.4. They took me back immediately ran blood and urine tests x-rayed my chest and did an ultrasound of my bladder. I was there for hours and they could find nothing wrong with me. They were able to get my fever down with all the medication and fluids they were giving me so I was released.

After the trip to the emergency room, my fever ebbed away after a few days. I felt that there was a deeper lying issue so I decided to go to a local healer to see if he could detect anything wrong on a more spiritual/mental level that was causing me to become sick. At this point, I had already been to the doctor, the emergency room and talked to a family friend who was a physician. None of which could give me any reason for my recurring fevers. So, I was pretty open-minded to what a healer could do for me.

I went to certified reiki healer and had an hour-long session. He explained to me that my root and sacral chakra (the bottom two) were black when they are supposed to be red and orange. As a result, my throat chakra was overcompensating by stepping in to act for my sacral and root chakras.

After the healing session, I didn't initially feel any different. In the time after I began consistently taking an iron supplement, which I was supposed to take regularly for anemia. It's been several months and I haven't been sick since. There are several explanations for what happened. It could have been a total coincidence that I got sick twice so closely together, my low iron was causing the fevers. However, my iron was unlikely the issue because when visiting the emergency room they didn't say I had low iron when looking at my blood test results. Or finally, the reiki healer truly worked.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Recent studies have highlighted the fact that the amount of sleep you get does indeed affect your relationships. In fact, the lack of sleep affects your ability to fully engage in healthy and long-lasting relationships. You will most likely end up not reciprocating to what your significant other expects from you and that will end up straining the relationship even more. For instance, imagine if your S.O. wants to speak to you about something extremely important i.e. a life-changing decision. If you or your S.O. are sleep deprived, the conversation will go nowhere and chances are both of you will end up fighting.

Hence, sleep is crucial for the longevity of relationships as well as for your mental peace. Establishing a common bedtime is key towards developing a more closer bond with each other. In addition, mutual respect for each other's sleep patterns and work schedules plays a huge role in strengthening a couple's relationship. If both partners are able to balance their respective schedules, then they will still be able to spend some quality time together. Keep in mind, the cliché "8 hours" of sleep is extremely vital for a well-rested mind and body! You will end up becoming more productive throughout the day if you are not sleep deprived.

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