Saturday, January 12, 2013

Answers... Sortof

After the last three weeks of dealing with the inadequacies of institutional medicine, I can't begin to tell you what a relief it was to sit down with a Naturopath yesterday. I ran through the same list of symptoms, with the same timeline, and she immediately began to see patterns that made sense to her.
No throwing up of the hands and saying that it must be a virus, but an actual plan to follow. Felt a little like a miracle.
Thank you for all of your Armchair Doctor suggestions and recommendations. I took all of them to thought. No, it isn't Lyme Disease, and Thyroid problems have also been ruled out by both MD and ND. It appears that I have an imbalance in my Adrenal Glands. She didn't come right out and call it Adrenal Fatigue, because we didn't have any test results to look at. She did, however, give me some supplements to begin taking to help bring the heart rate down and improve my sleep quality. She said to give the supplements 3 days to work, and if there are no improvements at that time to double the dose. So there isn't going to be a magic infusion of health, but already, just the hope of recovery has boosted my well-being.

I have a follow-up appointment in two weeks, and if at that time I am still the same, there will be some more extensive testing done.
We have received meals from our church family and friends, multiple offers for help with laundry and housework and childcare, sweet encouraging cards in the mail, and so many prayers. I appreciate so very much the love that has been poured out on my behalf. It is very humbling to be this far out of my normal realm of ability, and to need to rely on others. But it also feels good. I love people and the spirit of caring that we are able to bestow on each other. Don't ever hesitate, when you hear of someone ill or injured, to send the smallest gesture their way. Speaking from my current experience, every little gift feels like a priceless treasure.
I'll be sure to keep you posted as I continue on this journey.


Melissa said...

Beth, I am glad to hear you are seeing an ND and getting some answers. My path to an ND and more holistic medicine has helped me tremendously. The journey is just that, a journey of discovery. I hope you have found the right path to begin it.

Mine continues. I am grateful to have found a good acupuncturist last year. I await patiently for her return from maternity leave though!

Take care!

Sandra said...

I hope this is the answer you have been looking for. Not feeling well and being so frustrated by the lack of answers is just exhausting in itself. I'm thinking of you.
Homespun Elegance

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

My fingers are crossed that this is the answer and all that's needed. It's good to hear the optimism in your words. I'm glad for you that you now have a plan of action. Best wishes. Nan

gracie said...

Hopefully you will be on your way to feeling better....

Lianne said...


I have been reading your posts for some time and following your progress. I am glad to hear that you are finding some answers and feeling that things are coming to light and that you are supported.

Take care!

Tracey said...

Glad to hear you are on the way to some answers! Your pictures are beautiful. :)

Peggy Lee said...

So happy to hear that you might finally have answers. I will pray that this plan of action works for you.
As usual,your pictures are so beautiful!

Bridge said...

I am so glad you have someone that is working with you on finding something to get you feeling better! The photos are breath-taking. Feel better soon.

Casa Pearl said...

I hope you are now on the path to optimum health. I look forward to hearing successful results.

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful pics and I'm so glad that you're feeling more hopeful in the new treatment.

Diane said...

After reading your post and seeing the lovely pictures,one phrase came to mind....droplets of hope. I'll add you and your family to my prayer list. Keep looking up!
Diane Grick
Silver Creek Samplers

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Magnifiques photos !

bisous bisous