Hoping, Hope, Hopeful

After a six-month wait (would have been a year if not for a cancellation) I met with a new doctor yesterday.   I was hoping for a fresh set of eyes, and I got that and more – I came away with an action plan!

“Take it with a grain salt” my family practitioner had warned, but to be honest, apart from a diagnosis two years ago, there has been no followup testing, or treatment plans other than “resting” and that has used up all my “salt”.

The new doc practices Functional Medicine, which is a combination of traditional and alternative, and while some of his approaches do sound “out there” it is the first time I’ve felt a glimmer of hope.  th-5

He has sent me away to complete some blood work and we will reconvene in a month and set the plan in motion.

Unbeknownst to me (my brain has trouble connecting the dots these days), I had recently subscribed to another doctor’s website who practices the same approach:  Dr. Amy Myers.  I heard about her through a friend’s blog:  Jan’s Facets.  Suddenly, I feel like things have shifted:  hopeful!

th-4Downside:  treatments are not covered by health care, so this involves  financial output; I will think of it as investing in my future!

Let me know if you have experience with this form of medicine, otherwise, I’ll keep you posted.

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