Well hello, my friends! I’m pretty excited to have had a few more visitors here as a result of my last mushy-gushy post about Chronic Illness and Marriage. If you missed it, no worries. Just click here for one of the clearest messages God has ever given me.
This may be a hodge-podge of a post but I have some health updates for you. First of all, I’m not better by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I’m so nauseous today that I’m having trouble focusing and my parotids are swelling so much so that I know if I don’t talk them down somehow, I’ll wake up tomorrow with parotids as big as my head. Drama is sometimes my gift to society, so thanks for humoring me. But if I’m being honest here, I’m pretty terrified and would covet your prayers.
I don’t want you to hear me poo-pooing Conventional Medicine, because it is great for emergencies and some people have fantastic results. However, I am not one of those people. Doctor after doctor after doctor has proven to me that Conventional Medicine will not make me better. I have found an amazing Primary Care Physician, who is the only one who has suspected any diagnoses, but since he’s not a Specialist he has to pass me off to yet another doctor who thinks I’m fine, puts on a band-aid, and refuses to search for the core issues. I have grown far more than weary of our broken system of SICK care rather than HEALTH care. Insurance companies and doctors don’t get paid unless we are sick so no one cares about figuring out WHY we are sick. Hmmm… I guess I am poo-pooing Conventional Medicine just a little!
Through a lot of research and Autoimmune support groups, I have concluded that the best option for me at this point is Functional Medicine. As you know, I spent two months on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) elimination diet without success. Supposedly, if that diet doesn’t work, you have an underlying infection or overgrowth of some sort and you will not get better until it is addressed. Conventional labs do not test deeply enough to figure out what these underlying issues are. Functional Medicine labs, however, are extremely extensive. This practice takes into account a person’s individual genetic makeup, diet, and environmental exposures, a discipline that is severely lacking in Conventional Medicine. If you would like to read more about this approach, you can visit the Institute for Functional Medicine.
But what holds more weight to me than the research is the volume of people I have discovered who have greatly benefited from Functional Medicine. I first learned of this branch of medicine through my East TN AIP group and every person I have spoken to who has accessed Functional Medicine has shown remarkable improvement. Outside of my AIP groups, I stumbled upon a Christian women’s online group and I have been so encouraged just in general by these women. There are over 5,000 of us, but since it’s not the entire internet, it still feels intimate. We share our stories and pray for each other so I posted a bit about my story. I have had multiple people respond with their success stories with Functional Medicine and their belief that this field of medicine is a gift from God.
This is not a large field of medicine so there is only one provider in my immediate area who practices Functional Medicine. Unfortunately, I have never heard anything good about this doctor and, frankly, I do not trust her to touch me with a ten-foot pole. But I thought she was my only option so I’ve had an appointment with her on the books for months. But the more I listen to others, the less I trust her, and if you don’t trust your doctor how in the world will she be able to help you? First of all, it takes three months to get an appointment with her, so I’m still in that 3-month period. Then, as I have discovered from listening to the unfortunate others, you have to wait THREE MORE MONTHS for your lab results, all the while continuing to suffer for six whole months before she even begins to think about treating you. Unfortunately, she is not solely a Functional Medicine provider, so her insurance-based other practice is clearly her priority.
I was beginning to despair when someone recommended a Functional Medicine provider in Knoxville. Reading their website gave me such a ray of hope. I think I have found the provider who is meant to treat me. I spoke with her personally on the phone the other day and it was as if I was speaking with someone who had known me forever. She has made amazing progress with her own autoimmune disease so she understands me in a way that many providers cannot. She also specializes in GI issues and the excitement in her voice actually grew when she said “the more complicated, the better”. That’s definitely me! It is very clear to me that she loves helping people regain their health. I just know within my heart of hearts that this is what I need. So, thanks to the beautiful people in my life allowing me to borrow the testing money, I already have an appointment with this blessed provider this coming Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM. Might I point out that I did not have to wait nearly three months for this appointment, and the labs they do next week will be back within two weeks. You guys, I may be able to start treatment in just over two weeks!! I am beyond excited.
The only sad part is, we were hoping to visit PA in about two weeks. I haven’t been “home” in a year and a half or so… maybe? This could interfere with that visit, but at this point I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t be well enough to travel anyway.
So, the main reason for this post was to update you and ask for your fervent prayers that this is truly the final answer for me. Even if I get a little better, it will be a God-send. I feel so deeply that this is the right thing for me but there’s always that annoying little terrified thought that it will be just one more treatment to spend borrowed money on that won’t work. Please pray, my friends. This is probably the most important appointment I have ever had with regards to my health and I NEED it to go well. But, of course, God’s will be done.
Thank you, my awesome readers!