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October 23, 2006

20 Oct
Having just toured Walter Reed Army Hospital - the ICU, the brain injury and amputee units - I’m more convinced than ever that guided imagery is an ideal resource - for pain, stress, grief, trauma..
Hello, all.

Having just toured Walter Reed Army Hospital - the ICU, the brain injury and amputee units - I’m more convinced than ever that guided imagery is an ideal resource - for pain, stress, grief, trauma.. For grounding and calming between doses of morphine.., and for maintaining some modicum of sanity.., not just for the injured patients but for the shell-shocked families that hover in their rooms and pace in the waiting areas.., and for the amazing hospital personnel who are traumatized themselves each and every day, taking care of these shattered boys and girls.

I confess to being shocked to see so many shattered bodies of female soldiers, too. I’d say that about one in ten patients was a woman. Male or female, it’s heartbreaking to see the massive destruction that can happen in a matter of seconds and changes lives forever. Just stunning.

The most heartening thing about this visit, all things considered, was observing the compassion and courage of the nurses, docs, social workers, pastors and volunteers, who do such difficult work. My hat is off.

More on this and some ideas for help later.
Be well,
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award