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Head Cold: Metaphysical or a Virus?


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From the very beginning I felt the head coldwas related to the funeral. Our son’s father-in-law, Don, had passed, a big loss to a close knitfamily. We left early for the Jewish memorial services, then went to the house as prescribed. At the burial site, I hugged those whose loss was deep, holding on tight as I felt the sobs run through the body.

At the house, I listened to various people talking about loss, their relationship to Don, I listened to Don’s son talk about his dad, a close member of the family talking about life, families,  a hospital volunteer who knew Don and had also lost her own husband, my daughter-in-law who recounted events in the last week. Our grandsons were part of the memorial program and did a beautiful job. Yet I knew the grief was there.

My husband and I participated in the evening service and then left for home. When I got home, I realized I was exhausted beyond belief. I felt like I had been up for days, I was emotionally, physically and spiritually spent. I didn’t think I had taken in their energy or the effects of it. Within 3 days, I began sneezing and could not stop.

It’s been a week since the head cold started. I now sound like Brenda Vaccaro on steroids. I spoke with a friend I hadn’t heard from in a while and learned of someone who is schooled in Chinese Medicine, and he was of Italian descent! Why does that matter? I don’t know. I found it interesting. A paisan practicing Chinese medicine!

I called. It was his day off but he called me back and said he’d see me! I was so grateful. I told him what happened, he asked lots of questions, what do I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, let me see your tongue, what supplements do you take, let me see what is in them, etc.

We talked. I asked if maybe this dis-ease was brought on by the funeral. I couldn’t quite see how but I suspected. He said, “What do you think?” I admitted I believed it did. He confirmed my suspicion. He said head colds and upper respiratory are brought on by grief and loss.

But I felt it wasn’t my grief. He said I was attached to all those people, they were family, they were connected to me and it brought up something for me. And he said when you are ready to be done with it, it will go.

In the meantime, he gave me a herbal tea concoction of leaves and twigs called God Bless You.  And he gave me his concoction for an immune enhancer and one for some cleansing. I took the immune enhancer pills at his office.

I came home and made the tea and drank two cups of it. Now understand with the first sip I felt the head begin to clear, I drank it all. And I’m talking almost like myself now! Brenda has left the premises.

So even though I believe that dis-eases have metaphysical causes, I still doubt it at times. We are bombarded with talk of illnesses being caused by a virus or bacteria. Yet I truly believe there is no such thing as germs! I’m learning to trust my inner knowing.

Life is a journey!


  • http://www.HughandNathalie.com/ Nathalie

    I’m so sorry for your loss…I’m glad you are feeling better. I tend to believe that the funeral had something to do with your head cold and I think it was great for you to be seen by someone schooled in Chinese medicine.  When my father passed in 1987 my mother developed a cough just a few week after the funeral. it actually turned out to be cancer that she fought so bravely for 7 years. We must listen to our body and go further then just take a few Tylenol…Thanks for sharing Julieanne.

    • http://julieannecasefromtheheart.com Julieanne Case

      Thank you so much, Nathalie.  Life is a journey. I have always cried when I saw another cry even if I didn’t know them. Somehow without my realizing it, I must have taken on a lot of the grief energy and it awakened the grief I’ve experienced at losses in my family. It’s all so intertwined. I want to delve deeper to understand it all.  It is not surprising that your mother got ill after your dad passed. It happens more than we realize.  I’m sorry for your losses as well. We all go through them. 

  • http://hollyfulfordjef.com/ Holly Fulford- Jeffrey

    It is absolutely incredible how we can manifest what happens to ourselves… Healthy or not!!  As much as it may sound crazy to some of us who dont’ really get it.. I have seen in a couple of situations that someone got ill… and it was just too ‘obvious’ why… but of course we dont’ always believe that the mind and the emotions are that powerful… i am happy to hear that you have experienced this in your life.. the healing thru the knowledge and choices you made, but I am sorry to hear of your loss…  Namaste                                           Holly

    • http://julieannecasefromtheheart.com Julieanne Case

      It is, isn’t it? I was so exhausted at the end of that day.  Amazing how naive I was about it, yet there was a nagging and it got confirmed by the doctor of chinese medicine.  I had a suspicsion but I kept ignoring it.  I want to delve deeper to see what unresolved grief I’ve got so I don’t have to re-experience this.  Thank you for your response!  Namaste!

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