From Family Practice Physician to Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, from Chiropractor to Obgyn, our medical doctor tries to do it all. I have benefitted from his expertise yet I am still not well. And when I saw the redness and exhaustion in his eyes during my appointment this evening I realized that he is not well either!
Everyone who sees this gifted physician knows his crazy schedule, his dedication to help everyone in his care, and his history of nearly dying a couple of years ago with his own debilitating illness. We used to hear how his office conversion to the government mandated computer system was responsible for incredible stress and delays in appointment times. For example, it was not unusual to call the office in the morning about an appointment scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and not be called in for my appointment until 4:00 p.m. or later. Forget the ones scheduled after 3:30 p.m. as they were usually rescheduled. For awhile about one-third of my appointments were re-scheduled, delaying receiving test results or reviewing the status of a particular medical condition for months. Frustrating indeed.
Yet when there was an acute issue, the Doc was right on it. When something new popped up I was sent to the hospital in another section of the medical park for labs or scans, held in the waiting room for results, and sometimes seen back in the office much later that night. To be seen well into the evening was not an unusual occurrence. My record was an appointment that started at 2:30 a.m.! He had one more patient after me and had just received notice that one of his pregnant patients was going into labor. He must have never gone home that night or morning! Dedication had become insanity. We talked about it during that visit. He agreed. I understand that some scheduling and office procedure changes were put in place for this new year. As near as I can tell, the staff and Doc are ending their nights before midnight now. Virtually the same story, different day.
I recently blogged about some important abnormal test results being misplaced for six months. That has happened another time as well. Tonight there was only enough time to go over about half of a detailed genetic cholesterol study. He handed it to me and said, “here, you take this.” Whaaat? He thought the “high CBD hemp oil” that I reported was reducing the seizure attacks 40% was vitamins C, B, and D. Er, no! After correcting the computer’s voice recognition software two dozen times, I believe he understood what I was saying: sitting there with my ventilation mask on to avoid seizure attacks from some mysterious exposure in the office.
Mysterious was the exposure until I asked one of the nurses about it. I had asked before and a different nurse declined comment. And yet tonight in her own fatigue, a long-time employee openly shared how their office has routine leaks in the ceiling throughout the summer. The staff has complained about the musty smell and requested testing for mold spores. Evidently the tests came back “negative.” The nurses still battle sickness at work. A friend of mine who is a patient there can detect the musty smell but I cannot. I just get tic attacks sitting in the treatment room for 2 hours waiting for the Doc! My worst episode lasted 2 1/2 hours NON-STOP began after midnight dominated by convulsions most of the time! My husband came to pick me up around 4:00 a.m.! I’m sure that exhaustion and stress were a factor being in the office so late that night but hey, I was sitting in a water damaged building to be seen by my doctor for mold illness! Whaaaat? Soon after that I started wearing a mask every visit!
I have learned so much from my brilliant Doctor. He is a Christian man who really cares about his patients. He has provided better care for me for six years here in this smaller Indiana town than I ever received in the large metropolitan area of Chicago. When my health got significantly worse 2 1/2 years ago I hung in there with him, hopeful that we would find answers. I was also unsuccessful finding another MD or clinic to address the intractable seizures, pain, etc. Gratefully, the Lord has now led me to another clinic in Michigan with two physicians specializing in methylation issues and biotoxin (mold) illness, respectively. After three phone consultations, extensive paperwork, and additional lab testing completed, my husband and I are preparing for my first in-person visit on March 24th. We will stop at a lab near the clinic for additional blood work to better match Dr. Richie Shoemaker’s protocols for “Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.” My current MD and I have worked closely on Dr. Shoemaker’s protocol yet neither of us are officially trained; this led to using the wrong laboratories, incomplete test results when the samples were not processed correctly, and improper sequencing of the treatment plan. Two very expensive medications from an out-of-state compounding pharmacy either did not work or made me much worse. We tried! The biotoxin illness Doc at the new clinic works closely with Dr. Shoemaker and is a Christian too. I am encouraged. Lyme disease is not the focus at the moment and that’s o.k.
So it’s time for a change. I still have appointments on the books with my primary care physician as someone will need to monitor ongoing health issues not covered by the new clinic. He has asked for copies of all of the testing and reports so I am happy to oblige. With the Lord’s help I will continue tweaking the dose of high CBD hemp oil in hopes of reducing even further the seizure attacks and noxious symptoms that follow. The Lord is guiding me step-by-step, including through the spiritual leadership of my beloved Steve. I am so glad I heeded hubby’s advice and did not start seeing every expert who sounded good on the internet! When moments are better for me, we celebrate and don’t think about the bad times. We both see examples of how the Lord has used this season in our lives for His glory. We are closer than ever, more in love than ever before and for that I am grateful. I am closer to Christ than ever before as well knowing that He heard my truly desperate cries for help the night before I first started the CBD oil. I was ready to die and it was not to be. I was spared from further anguish and suffering, turning a corner to better things at last.
If you are suffering this day, this night: do not give up! There’s a blogger praying for you Gentle Reader. More importantly the God Who created the universe knows your name, sees you, knows your pain, and gave his life so that one day your heartache would end. Please draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Everything will be worked together for good someday if you but call upon the Lord and let Him into your heart. These statements are based upon His Word and promises that are true today and always. The Great Physician will see you through, always my dear one. Take care, JJ