I wish this post had something to do with this little photo of my desk…but it doesn’t.
So I’m off to see another specialist again today (this one is a general surgeon for the very painful Ganglion Cyst in my wrist). I am sorry to say that doctor visits are not one of those things that gets easier with practice. My last visit (last Thursday) restored my fear in needles when I was fiendishly jabbed at by a nurse who was clearly fresh out of medical school and had the bedside manner of a warthog. If nothing else, at least I am learning how to really appreciate the time NOT spent in medical facilities. That’s good, right?!
Then coming up next week I have an appointment with a Pulmonologist (lung specialist). Even though I’m anxious about it, I am relieved to finally have the referral to see him. I feel like I’ve been waiting for answers to my health issues for way too long. And even though I really like my general doctor I was beginning to get very frustrated with her, since it seemed that at every visit she would inevitably shove a depression screening test at me as though my struggle to breath, coughing spasms, chest pains, etc. were all in my head. But finally this past visit I feel like she actually listened to me, and now I’m hopefully on my way to finding some real answers.
On top of this, I’ve also been seeing a naturopathic doctor who I feel is really doing a lot for me. In all honesty I’m a bit put off by holistic medicine in general (since I’ve seen my mom try just about every remedy, supplement, and gadget under the sun with only moderate results along the way). But something about this doctor is different and I’m willing to keep seeing her since it is clear that she is actually helping me. Something that works…what a novel idea!
And finally…since I last reported on my health I have once again stopped eating chicken. I ate it around 10 times and didn’t notice any positive changes…in fact I started to have almost constant stomach aches, heartburn, and my face began breaking-out like I was 12 all over again. Time to nip that one in the bud. I don’t miss not eating it at all, but I am missing how easy it was to find recipes to cook. Sometimes vegetarian cooking makes me tired just thinking about it.
So none of this is simple or easy, but I am hopeful that we are finally getting somewhere and I’ll have answers and solutions on my horizon very soon. Thanks for all your friendly words of support and kindness everyone. You all keep me going more than you know. xo Ez