It has taken me many years to realize that although I really enjoy learning and practicing Chinese medicine, not everyone shares my thoughts on the matter. This is especially true of my mother. She has told me time and time again that I am wasting my time, energy and money on this silly type of medicine and that I should just forget it and go to a regular doctor like everyone else. Well, I know that I am doing something completely different from what she has done her whole life but I like being the odd one out on this one.
Thankfully the rest of my family is not as critical of my choices as my mother. That is not to say that they believe me when I give them suggestions on which Chinese treatments to try when western medicine isn’t working. They definitely do not ask my advice, but they listen to what I have to say and don’t put it down quite like she does. As a matter of fact I think I might have convinced one of my sisters to try it for a problem she has been having.
I know that this does not sound like progress, but believe me, it really is. I don’t know if my mother would like someone else in the family to start practicing Chinese medicine, but I do know that if anyone can get her to come around, it is definitely my sister. She is the favorite child after all and usually she does just what our mother tells her. I just hope that my mom listens to her on this one and doesn’t go nuts when she finds out that I have passed on a few of my Chinese medicine ideas to my sister.