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Trying to Solve a Mystery

(…continued from previous post)

Fast forward a few years. This takes us to 2007. I had been married about a year and loving life, but all these weird symptoms started creeping in. I made a list of all my issues (mostly digestive) and took it to the family M.D. we were seeing at the time. He listened to me as I read my list and told him of my experiences. He decided to send me home with a prescription for something that helps with spastic bowel or something like that, and tells me to try that first to see if it helps. If not, he would order some tests to be ran. Getting a bit perturbed about him not getting to the source of the problem, but instead attempting to cover it up, I took my slip to the pharmacy where they sent me home with the magic pills.

Those pills must have been defective, because I didn’t see where they helped at all. So, I kept going back to the same doctor. Finally, he started having all these tests run on me. I don’t remember the order in which I had these done, but when all was said and done I had gotten a gallbladder scan, colonoscopy, endoscopy, and a couple other things that I can’t remember. It’s all kinda blurry now. Anyway, all I learned was a bunch of stuff I didn’t have, and that I had hemorrhoids…okay then.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Health

 

Stuck in a Vicious Cycle

Alright, so it’s going to take quite a few posts to bring us to current times here! I’m going to back-track to bring you up-to-date on where I am presently. Hang on, and stay with me for my journey! Maybe even start your own in the process!

It’s true, that if someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would become a label reader who didn’t use any type of medication I would have looked at them strangely and then busted out laughing! I remember making fun of “label readers”, saying that I didn’t have to worry about all that. That’s because those type of people in my life were not watching ingredients to be healthier, but in order to lose weight. I figured I had no reason to read labels because I was always a skinny twig and didn’t need to lose weight (still don’t, really).

But even back then, there were little glimpses of the life I would one day live. Someone told my family that when you started to feel yourself getting sick you could take echinacea¬†and vitamin c to help your body fight it off. So we did. Sometimes it would work, sometimes not (I now know you should use a stronger form of echinacea and more often for this to work). But if I did happen to get that 4-5 times a year sinus infection, I would have my routine doctor’s visit so they could write out the prescription for whatever type of antibiotic they were pushing that particular day (z-pack, amoxicillin, etc.), take it straight to the pharmacy and get started on my meds so I could get better. This happened a few times a year. I remember wishing they would just call it in for¬†me because I knew what I had and what I needed to get rid of it. But, of course they would not take my word for it – they had to get some of my money so they could tell me what I already knew. So this is what I had to do to finally get my hands on that beautiful little slip of paper that would instruct the pharmacy technicians to hand over the good stuff! (Really sad side note: I just did a spell check and “amoxicillin” passed, but it underlined “echinacea”, which by the way is spelled right. Sad reality of this world to recongnize the name of a medicine, but not an herb!)

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2010 in Alternative Medicine, Health