What was I thinking? I can’t tell you how many times those words have come to me over the years as I have pondered my neurology practice. Neurology can be one of the most frustrating disciplines in veterinary medicine, but at the same time, it has taught me some of the best life lessons.
Why is that the case?
Neurology cases are some of the trickiest. Many defy diagnosis, even with the state of the art technology we have available to us. Yes, we have come a long way with diagnosing and treating brain tumors and spinal cord disorders, but there is so much more in neurology. And even when we get the diagnosis, or a couple of clear possibilities, we often can’t give a definitive prognosis.
Time is a neurology patient’s best friend. But for those of us who like answers, that’s not so easy to swallow. To hear that you could pay a large sum of money, spend a huge amount of time caring for your animal, get your hopes up and still lose isn’t the type of message we like. And for those of us delivering the message and going to bat for everyone involved, it can be emotionally exhausting. It can hinder our ability to do our best.
As I gave advice today on another dramatic, frustrating, heartbreaking neurology case, I was thankful that I could look at it from a different perspective. I am grateful for the wisdom that I’ve gained over the years, and for being able to approach all animal cases from an energetic and spiritual perspective.
Perhaps one of the best lessons neurology can give us is to realize that it mirrors life. The more we try to control the process, control the outcome and control each other, the more drama we create and the more the situation falls apart. Perhaps these animals are teaching us to trust them, and trust that they are connected to a strong energy that will guide the situation — if we let it. Our pets know when to come into our lives, and when to exit. And even though their physical presence is gone, their energy stays with us.
If we can disconnect from the frustration for a moment, open our hearts and ask for guidance, the answers will show up. If we fall apart, stay in the drama, or blame others, we don’t help our animals. We actually make it harder for them.
Isn’t that a great lesson on life? As I always say, if you play in drama, you stay in drama. Instead, why not stay calm and ask for guidance? I’m not talking about crying out and asking to be rescued, I’m talking about help that will come in a way you can process. Despite the grief, you have to stay calm – good vibrations can’t get through if your energy field feels like a hurricane.
Immediately after I gave my recommendations on this case, I received an email talking about Oprah’s interview with Maya Angelou. When Oprah asked her what she thought about growing older, she spoke wisdom for us all. One of the things she said was, “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”
She’d make an exceptional veterinary neurologist.