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Quieting down an elderly stroke victim in a nursing home

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Adrienne Fisher, a physician's assistant, encountered an uncontrollably "yelling" patient who she calmed down through various uses of EFT. Note how she intuited a possible electrical issue in the patient's brain.

Hugs, Gary

By Adrienne Fisher

Hi, Gary.

I am a physician assistant working with geriatric patients in several nursing homes in this area.  The physicians I work for are not exactly open to holistic health practices.  One day, however, the nurses met me at the door when I arrived to make rounds.  It seems "Miss Edna" had developed a "yelling" problem.

The nurses were nearly beside themselves.  Other residents and their family members were complaining.  Miss Edna was in her wheelchair at the station, surrounded by nurses.  Every few seconds, she called out "Nurse!" or "Help me!" at the top of her lungs.  I could see it was beginning to grate on nerves.

I talked to Miss Edna for a few minutes about why she was calling out.  She didn't know.  Indeed, she was not aware she was calling out.  With the nurses begging me to give her something, I whisked her away to her room, one nurse in tow.  I had known that the nurse who had accompanied me to the room was open to holistic therapies so I was comfortable tapping in front of her. Very quickly, I ran through several phrases while tapping on Miss Edna:

Even though Miss Edna is afraid of being alone...

Even though Miss Edna is afraid she will fall and no one will be there...

Even though Miss Edna sometimes feels she is falling...

Within a few moments, the elderly lady quietly asked to lie down.  We helped her into bed and she slept quietly for three hours - previously, she had called out even in her sleep. Later the nurse who accompanied me hugged me and thanked me for calming Miss Edna without drugs. (She has since asked me to work on her horse for bucking and spooking problems.)

Given that the doctor I work for is not open to holistic therapies, it is much easier to do surrogate tapping for patients. When I physically tapped on Miss Edna, I recorded the treatment as acupressure as this was as far as I felt I could push my boss.

A few days later, I was back to make rounds again.  When I asked how Miss Edna was doing, one nurse responded, "I guess the drugs finally kicked in."  I hadn't ordered any drugs, but that was her assumption.

I could hear Miss Edna occasionally calling out from the dining room.  I talked to her for a few moments, then physically re-tapped the previous statements, hoping my intuition would kick in and help identify where to go from there.  Nothing.  As I left the building, I could still hear an occasional "Help me!" ring out.

Sitting in my truck for a moment, I closed my eyes and tried to tune in.  Almost instantly, I could distinctly see an electrical glitch in the speech center of her frontal lobe.  I knew I had addressed her fears and they were gone, but I had not addressed the organic problem caused by a stroke she had suffered several weeks ago.

I tapped surrogately for her several rounds to turn off the current to the affected area of the brain, until it felt to me that the issue was quieted.  I surrogately re-tapped several times over the next few days. I also surrogately tapped for Miss Edna when I did my rounds three times a week at this nursing home.

My next visit to the facility was very rewarding.  The nurses reported Miss Edna only called out rarely, and that there were very few complaints.  There had been no increase in her medications, and she seemed more content.  All the nurses wanted to know what I had done.  Sadly, none wanted to learn how to do it, themselves.  I took that as evidence of them being chronically overworked and seeing EFT as one more thing to do.

Miss Edna will likely require continued tapping for what is basically a brain injury resulting from a stroke.  Maybe in time, we will be able to permanently turn off the electricity to the damaged tissues.  Maybe not.  But it seems obvious we don't need to drug her in to silence!

Adrienne Fisher


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