Whilst sitting in one of the many Waiting Rooms of the X-ray and Imaging Department of the Penang Adventist Hospital, watching the various patients coming and going having different procedures done, a woman has brought out of the MRI scan room in a very phobic state.
Sitting in a wheelchair, her legs were shaking, her hands were shaking and un-coordinated as she tried to stay calm. Her eyes were wide open, flitting from one place to another, one person to another looking for support. She was hyperventilating, her speech was broken and at times unintelligible.
The other patients sitting waiting their turn for their procedures looked on, frozen, perhaps thinking “will that be me?“.
The staff offered the woman water, bless their hearts, as they tried to calm her. She was told to take deep breaths and relax, but she still was agitated and shaking.
I decided to go up to her and smiled, getting into her full visual picture, and asked her if she wanted to get rid of that feeling.
She nodded and started to explain she was frightened, phobic of being inside the machine, and telling me what was happening to her. As I listened, knowing already what I was going do, what I was to work on, just getting her into a state of rapport with me, trust in me, to a state of compliance to my instructions, to follow me, I did my work.
Within seconds her breathing slowed down, she stopped shaking, her eyes stopped flitting about, she visibly relaxed, her fears had disappeared and she smiled at me.
I asked her where the phobic fear feelings were, and she could not find them.
I asked her to imagine going into the machine, and she just smiled back at me.
My work was done in a matter of a few minutes the woman was changed.
She looked around at the nurses and smiled in a calm way, and just kept saying it is a miracle.
As she was wheeled away, she turned and with a big smile, thanked me.
I will never see that woman again, but I hope I have given her a new hope a new way in life.
I have helped in one small way to change the world.
I love my work.
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