Hey, I was also a Christian Scientist growing up, so my story is pretty much identical to both** Beadalin** and The wind of my soul’s, except my first painkillers were at 15, on a trip with my sister, and my menstrual cramps were to the point of being unable to move. Two months later I was on birth control at the suggestion of my sister. Most of my family has drifted, most notably my mother who went from hardcore CS to “Well, I really don’t like the bible, I think Jesus is just kind of okay, I don’t really believe in a conventional god, but I think the world is pretty neat, and Buddhism is not bad.”
Band-aids are fine, since blood is messy, and medical interventions were deemed okay (by the people I knew, at least) if there was something you couldn’t think around- excessive pain, bones sticking out, etc. I also remember that my family used an awful lot of neosporin when I was a kid, so we obviously weren’t that strict.
And my impression of the CS Monitor is that it is trying to be a really good newspaper for the sake of “the truth,” and not at all about the propagation of the religion. Which is probably why it’s held in good esteem, they really do care about finding out what really happens. I agree with Beadalin about Christian Scientists really priding themselves on critical thinking, generally being decent at it, but have made a few odd assumptions that they base the thinking on.
The reading rooms, though, are primarily for Christian Science books and materials (no weird ritual stuff or anything, mainly just chalk pens and book markers). I don’t see how you can think they had general reading material. Maybe a few magazines and newspapers, but not many.
Also- The wind of my soul- the boarding school let you seek medical attention? When I was there (I’m assuming its the same one, I’ve never heard of another) I couldn’t imagine them doing that- these were people that threatened to expel me since they suspected I was bisexual (I was) and made me talk through the logic of being in pain while I was practically immobile and vomiting every month.