Update from India January 14
Ok!! I think the tide is turning. I’m still vomiting, but we are slowly going ahead with subtle treatment and medications. Slowly…in that specifically Ayruvedic way. Yesterday was actually all right. I didn’t vomit until evening and I was able to drink a long, cold glass of buttermilk at lunchtime that soothed my stomach and actually stayed down. I am skinny skinny right now. The ten lbs or so that I conscientiously gained before I left flew off my bones by the third or fourth day I was here. I’m a little concerned, but if I can get some stuff down in the next few days I should be all right.
The night fears and terrors that I experienced are fading as well. This could mean that toxins are leaving my body…but also I have Anne Wheeler here and she is so awesome…so totally generous and kind that she has moved into my room for the long nights and when I wake up in the dark she is there to calm me down. I could not do this without her…and I have made a new friend for life. She is such a wonderful and wise human being. I am so lucky to have her here with me.
Ray and Luben, too. Everyone here is rooting for me and hoping that soon this starts to make sense.
I miss home…all of you. It feels like I’ve been gone forever…but it occurred to me today that it is not even a month since XMAS…so, clearly, one’s perception of time is altered in these kinds of situations. It is very different here…so very different than home…and yet, people are the same everywhere. The weather is hot and humid…it’s sub tropical. I am not that far from the equator. The other day Anne and I made the mistake of walking to a small village nearby in the heat of day. We were dripping by the time we got home…and completely crazy to have made the attempt. What is it they say about mad dogs and Englishmen? So, obviously, the weather is affecting us…but the sense that we are far away is always prevalent as well. Last night was a big new year’s celebration in the tiny village and they set off fireworks and drummed deep into the night. The sounds were so foreign and strange to us, wafting out over the river. I became aware of how very far away from home we are.
I will know in the next few days whether or not this is the right treatment for me. Sometimes I am still unsure. If I am still vomiting I will have to question the wisdom of continuing here. However, there is huge benefit to me in the herbs and potions that they have used so far. My legs were so swollen when I first arrived that we spoke of taking me to hospital, but after a week or so of treatment they are back to normal. I will let you all know what transpires.
Right now a fierce breeze has come up and I can smell the coconut husks and shells that they are using in the kitchen to stoke the fire. The air is swirling with a pungent smoke and the palm trees are rustling. It is very beautiful here, as you will see from the photos we bring back. I’d like to email them to the blog, but this computer cannot handle the download…so you’ll have to wait.
Please take care, all of you, and stay well. Health is wealth and that ain’t no lie.