Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Right Direction

Some of you will remember this post in which I expressed my frustration with my now former physician. I switched doctors and also started working with an endocrinologist. Unfortunately, both new relationships turned out to be disappointments. Apparently it's not just the individual doctor; much of the problem is with the group itself which seems to want to make it extremely difficult for you to actually speak with or see your doctor, and gives them so little time with each patient that all they can do is shove a prescription at you and escort you out the door. During this time, my blood work continued to yield results that were heading in the entirely wrong direction.

Not my idea of acceptable health care. So I decided to take a few other routes. First, I stopped taking the medication prescribed by the endocrinologist who turned out to be big on medication and short on listening. Then I got a recommendation for a naturopath who was willing to work in conjunction with traditional doctors, and I started seeing her late last year. My first visit, we talked for nearly 90 minutes and discussed the possibilities of what could be going wrong. I then did a series of tests, and our next visit we reviewed them; they weren't good. We then talked about how to make improvements. I started taking herbal supplements and did a 3-week cleanse. I also switched conventional physicians and medical groups. Through recommendations I found a doctor who was willing to work with the naturopath, and seemed much more willing to figure out the problem rather than medicate the symptom.

Well this week I had more blood work done. Thanks to this new approach, I'm no longer heading toward diabetes; my glucose levels are back within normal range. Other readings are still higher than we'd like, but every single one of them has reversed direction and is progressing toward better health. I've lost 6 pounds - the first time in 3 years I can say that. I've only been at this 3 months so I'm pretty confident that I'll see even more improvement as time passes. So yay for me and to those doctors who wouldn't listen to me - in yo face! I'm a happy girl.

Onward...

Anonymous/Leah wanted to know if the 2 pictures of the Lisa Souza batts from my last post were indeed the same batt. Yes - they were. One showed the warm dark brown and the other, while the batt itself looked washed out, better showed the streaks of tencel running through the wool. I fully admit to not being a good photographer. Shots on this blog that turn out well do so entirely by accident, not as a result of my skill. It's not that I don't care - I do - but my time is limited and if I gave my photographs the attention necessary to improve the quality, I would probably blog only rarely. It's all about priorities.

Other Happy Things

I did end up making one more purchase at Stitches West.

This is an ounce of 100% Silk Tussah in 'Jade II' from A Verb For Keeping Warm. I decided my Golding spindle deserved a little special fiber project, and this is it. I don't know what I'll make from it when it's done, but I'm going for a 2-ply lace weight. The color in this shot isn't entirely accurate - it's really a little more green and less gray.

I'm off at the crack of dawn tomorrow to fly to Vermont for my son's wedding. Next time I blog I'll be a mother-in-law! Bwahahahahaha...

See you next week.

10 comments:

Big Alice said...

Oh, great news on the the health front! Glad you are doing better and actually found someone that will work with you.

And congratulations to your son! Happy wedding!

Kathy in San Jose said...

Congratulations to you on finding health care that is really working for you, and congratulations to your son and his wife! Have a great time in VT.

Norma said...

Yay for you! Safe flight and all that. Hope to see you tomorrow as planned! Congrats to you and your son and your wonderful new DIL.

Tikabelle said...

Hey Bestest Bud Evar! I'm so glad about your health care, and congratulations on your son's wedding! See you when you get back!

Alison said...

That's great news about your glucose levels - its something I watch for myself so it's interesting that your new approach is working.

Congratulations to your son, I hope you enjoy the wedding, and that you are practising your "no one's good enough for my precious" look....oh no, that won't be you...have a great time and congratulations to the happy couple.

Cookie said...

I am so proud of you for sticking to your guns and finding a medical team that is willing to actually listen to you and work with you and each other to get you feeling better. Well done!

Congrats on marrying off the boy.

xo

Anonymous said...

Congradulations on your baby's nuptuals! I hope you have an excellent time.

Thank you for taking the time to clarify about the pictures of the batts. Somehow when I take bad pictures, I know the camera is lying, but I forget that when other people take the picture.

I hope I did not cause any offence by my question. I certainly did not mean to comment on your photography skills at all. I am skilled at taking fuzzy pictures with an automatic focus camera.

Also, I am impressed with people keeping up their blogg reguarly. I am sure I would not have the discipline. Thank you for 'Just doing it'.

Leah

AlisonH said...

Have a wonderful time and best wishes to bride, groom, parents, and everybody! And give Joansie a hug for me while you're there, and Kristine if you see her, and Jill at Kaleidoscope, and wave hi at my daughter in Burlington, and and and...

And good luck with that glucose.

Linda said...

I greatly appreciate your story of persistence in locating health care that listens to YOU and will deal with more than Rx for symptoms. The story of our times, I do believe, is how we learn to take charge of our own health care, and not let others dictate blindly to us.

Nell said...

Good for you for taking your health care seriously and listening to yourself when you aren't being treated the way you want to be. So many people just say, "that's what the doctor said."