The Rain- a patient’s story.

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As I sit here watching the downpour of rain, I remember my childhood.  I was a mere age of 4 and I loved to go out and play in the rain.  The memory of jumping in those big puddles still brings a smile to my face.  It was so exciting.

My mother would scold me for not wearing my rainboots. She would literally tug at me to get back in the house.  I never listened.  Actually I never cared!  I was free and full of life.

The raindrops were  very cold yet never cold enough for me because I was so warm inside.  I can still envision the wind pushing the tree branches to and fro.  I was like one of those branches.  No wind could ever knock me down.  I was strong.  I was fearless.  While people cursed because their umbrellas broke, I never wanted to use one.  I loved the rain.

I especially enjoyed walking inside the house making squeaky noises with my wet sneakers.  It irked my dad to no end but I didn’t care.  There was something about the rain that I loved so much.  I felt sad when the rain stopped and the water evaporated. The sun would come out and my only reminder of the rain was that feeling of moisture on my feet.  Would it rain again tomorrow?  Perhaps it would.

Funny how at age 4 raindrops were on my face and I laughed with merriment.  Now I sit here at age 32 and watch the rain hit against the glass window.  Tear drops are falling upon my face as I recall those days.   How I wish I could jump in a puddle right now!

How I long to walk around in my squeaky sneakers like I did at age 4, age 5 age 6 and even as a teenager.  I can’t anymore though.  I can’t!  I was so carefree as a child but at age 16 I no longer wanted to wet my sneakers. They were too expensive you see.  I still didn’t care much for rainboots.

I remember my mother yelling for me to stay home that evening.  A severe thunderstorm was approaching.  “Don’t go!” I could hear her cry out.  I refused to listen and I stormed out with my umbrella and the car keys.  I was meeting my friends to hang out and the rain was not going to stop me.  The downpour was never ending. I jumped in my dad’s car, tossed the umbrella on the side, turned the ignition on and started to drive. I drove past that old tree with its branches so strong and one of them came to meet me personally.

I recall the blur before me.  It happened so fast.  I was scared. The rain was different. It wasn’t the one I loved.  My tears and the very cold raindrops made me lose my vision and here I am.  I am a man bound to a metal wheelchair with ulcers on my back and my buttocks anesthetized from the neck down.  If only I could go outside and play.  If only I could jump in a puddle once again!  If only I had avoided that rain.

This was a little story told to me by one of my patients who was admitted for infected ulcers. He suffered from depression as well.  The patient and his parents had become estranged after the incident but with psychotherapy they were all able to heal.  Sadly he developed sepsis and died at age 35.

Stay safe, my friends
Hugs from Brooklyn
Dr. Macias

Feeling Sick? This doctor recommends. . .

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When you are sick how do you feel?  What makes you go to the doctor?  Seriously it’s 10 below zero and you get up from your warm bed, bundle yourself up and go see a doctor in hopes of getting antibiotics.  But you don’t really need an antibiotic for every sneeze, cough or upset stomach.  Most of the time the very answer is in how you feel.  So how do you feel when you are sick?  Yup, you feel like crap and you are in the state of crapinez. Yes I made the word up but I’ll explain. 

C is for Vitamin C 500mg to 1000 mg  once a day for just five days helps boost your immune system. If you aren’t diabetic you can also drink orange juice.  This might be the only time I actually drink juice. I mostly just drink water.
C is also for Cinnamon which is a powerful antioxidant.  A few sprinkles mixed with a teaspoon of honey helps soothe and improve sore throats.  Take this mixture twice a day for five days.  If on coumadin or other blood thinners this might have to be avoided since it may make your blood even thinner.  Being on aspirin is okay. I love this one.

R stay home and rest.  Don’t go spreading your germs at work, school or community centers.  Use your sick day.  Pamper yourself.  Love yourself.

A is apple cider vinegar.  I use Bragg organic.  No more than 1-2 tsp a day. Another powerful antioxidant. I usually mix 1 tsp of it with 1 cup hot water.  I add a stevia packet to sweeten.  I drink this before I go to bed every night for total of three to five days.  I also use it to gargle. I take 1/2 cup of warm water and mix it with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Be careful not to swallow it. I gargle every morning for 7 days max.  Actually the book titled Apple Cider Vinegar by Drs. Paul and Patricia Bragg is full of awesome information.  I highly suggest purchasing this book if you can.

P is for probiotic like lactobacillus to improve gut flow by increasing good bacteria.  This is found in Yogurt, kimchi,  and sauerkraut to name a few.  I personally don’t use  this because I am vegan and my gut is very content already.  Other doctors I work with do use this and swear it helps them.

I is for Eye because you need to focus on seeing the positive aspects of your life.  If you focus on everything wrong in your life you just attract more of it.  This is the basic message of The Secret.  All the books you will read about the Law of Attraction basically state that repressed anger, guilt, and sadness may solidify and cause illness.  Most think this is ridiculous but I have noted in my patients that there might just be some truth to this.  I have some stories which I can write about if you like.

N is for your nervous system.  Practice meditation.  It’s a known fact that anxiety makes your gastric juices become more elevated making your stomach sick. I meditate every other night to center myself.  It relaxes me and I fall asleep.
N is also for nasal irrigation.  It is important to flush out mucus and debris.  Netti pot to the rescue.  This one I just love but it can take time.  I find saline nasal spray also helps.
N is for nutrition. You must eat healthy most of the time so you can help your body fight off infections.  I love telling patients: Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.  Eat well, and drink minimally.  You may celebrate with a glass of wine or a mixed drink but don’t make the party last all day everyday.

E is for eucalyptus because it’s an anti- inflammatory, decongestant and anti-spasmodic. Yes it is in Vick’s Vapor rub along with camphor and menthol.  I love Vicks Vapor rub because it works. I actually place it by my nostrils, forehead and neck mostly every night even when I’m not sick.

is for Elderberry.  This tea is a bit tingly on the throat. I just stumbled across this in the supermarket just a few months ago when my daughter was sick. It boosts your immune system.  I now drink this tea once a week just to keep me super healthy.  You should try it.

Z is for zinc 75 mg at first sign of a cold.  It fights rhinovirus when started within 24 hrs. Take it for only a few days about three. I actually haven’t tried this but my fellow doctors have.

So stay in bed put a cool compress on your head and try these tips out first.  Leave antibiotics for when you truly need them.  Please follow these tips as advised.  I usually advice my patients to try these tips and if after 7 days they are not improved then to come back to visit me. Most patients don’t return.  The few that do return are the patients that have asthma or COPD and are still smoking.  My advice to them is to  stop smoking.

Dr. Macias
Hugs from Brooklyn.

PS: This is a repost with some adjustments.  Hey you might just save yourself a copay today.