Among the ex-Christian Scientists I’ve encountered in an ex-Christian Scientist Facebook group I am a member of, I have heard more than a few express how they’re still slow to seek treatment for injuries, diseases, or other issues. It’s a legacy of Christian Science, and it holds tight. I am no exception.
Even though I know if cold symptoms crop up it’s perfectly OK to grab some cold medicine, I still wait, and suffer for a day or so. Well, it’s better than the multiple days of suffering I used to endure as a Christian Scientist trying to “know the Truth” and seeking the elusive healing. Still, why do I wait?
Another example happened just over a month ago. I injured my shoulder while skiing. Any regular person would have quickly sought treatment from a physiotherapist or doctor. Me? I waited and struggled for two weeks, making the condition worse, before I finally went to the physio to get it treated. Now, it’s pretty much better, but this would have been all taken care of a lot sooner, and with a lot less pain had I gotten on it earlier.
Just one of the legacies of a lifetime “in the faith”. Here’s hoping these little lessons will teach me to seek treatment sooner. There’s nothing wrong with doing that!