Mayim Bialik was recently in a car accident where her hand was severely injured (there was a lot of blood, and she almost lost her thumb!). But she told Access Hollywood that she’s not taking any prescription medications to deal with the pain; rather, she’s using the natural childbirth techniques she learned during her pregnancies with her two sons.
Apparently, she used natural labor techniques (usually visualizations, deep breathing, concentrating on a focal point, or vocalizing) both at the scene of the accident and afterwards.
“[I used] a lot of deep breathing. Everything I used for natural labor, I absolutely used at the scene of this accident.”
Mayim said that the experience:
“…really reaffirmed my faith in pain with a purpose and the meditative properties, the ability to lower your blood pressure, which women do in labor. It absolutely is what I used to get me through all stages of this [experience].”
The use of pain medications in childbirth continues to be controversial, but some people are questioning the use of routine pain medication for injuries and illnesses, as well. Mayim is well-known as an advocate of attachment parenting (which espouses a more “natural” style of parenting, including unmedicated labor, extended breastfeeding, babywearing, etc), so it doesn’t surprise me that she’s hesitant to use pain medications for the injury to her hand.
She also has a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA, so I’m sure she has a pretty nuanced understanding of the pain receptors in our brains, and how pain medication affects our bodies and brains as a whole. While I’m not sure I’d ever say no to pain medication for a serious injury (especially if my finger almost got cut off!), I really commend her. She’s an informed patient who has made a choice about her own body, and I totally respect that.
Mayim’s hand is currently in a bandaged splint, one she said she hopes can be dressed up a little bit for the upcoming Emmys. She seems to be doing well, blogging on the Jewish parenting site Kveller that she’s enjoying family time and getting acupuncture sessions. She writes, “I’m still in pain, but I’m getting stronger every day.”