Mea culpa, gomen, disculpe….a thousand pardons for my lengthy unannounced absence. I see my last post was on July 17th. 😦
Tomorrow, December 11th, the hearts of two families will beat as one as my daughter-in-law, Kristine, wife of my elder son, mother to my grand girl, goes into hospital for a kidney transplant. Your thoughts and prayers would mean the world to us.
So, let’s backtrack and summarize what’s been going on since February: diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation; hospitalized after three trips to emergency; complete cardio workup (including cardioversion) showed no actual heart disease; discharged to recover from the ordeal. My recovery was very slow but I made progress one day at a time. I’d timed injections at the Pain Clinic hoping that the effects would give me pain-free travel to LA for a pre-booked writer’s conference early August. Unfortunately, they didn’t help. The travel plus three intense conference days was pretty overwhelming but I managed to make the best of it.
Over the ensuing weeks I waited to bounce back but it didn’t happen. In fact, I went downhill, quickly. I felt like I did when I’d left hospital–weak, riddled with pain, depressed. I went to my doctor. The usual prescription was offered for pain but I didn’t want drugs. I wanted someone to help me sort through this maze and get to the root of what was happening to me. “Something’s not right”, I moaned as I left the office totally dejected, feeling that modern medicine, as I knew it, had failed me.
Another week went by; a friend called me to recommend a new naturopathic doctor she’d begun to see. I’m no stranger to natural/alternative medicine. I’m very open to a variety of healing sciences. Days later, August 23 to be exact, I found myself sitting in the ND’s consultation room, making the usual “nice to meet you” greetings. Then I burst into tears! I confided I was afraid I was dying. I felt so low. He’d already reviewed my extensive medical history. He agreed my condition was “layered” with a number of significant issues but assured me he was ready to help identify and treat the root cause(s). He asked lots of questions and I talked. He listened. Really listened. Before I knew it 45 minutes had elapsed. Imagine! A 45-minute appointment with a medical doctor? The standard time allotted here in Canada is 3-4 minutes. That’s it.
He arranged for me to come in the following day for some “muscle testing“. Remember, this is a doctor of natural medicine. A doctor who is trained for the same amount of time as a traditional allopathic doctor. However, the difference is that the naturopath looks at the whole body system to find the root cause of disease, while the medical doctor treats with standardized tests, like x-ray/lab, followed by prescription drugs or a referral to a specialist. One doctor looks for the root cause and treats it with natural remedies; the other treats the symptoms with prescription drugs.
After a long period of muscle testing (please google kinesiology to get details) he had an answer for me. “You have neuro-toxin disease. The toxins you accumulated years ago are still in your body, still causing you ill health.” I was stunned. After ten years of living abroad I had contracted many toxins–heavy metals, pesticides, parasites, petro-chemical poisoning–all identified by another ND in 2003. Years before that I’d been diagnosed with Lyme disease. When I returned to Canada in 2004 I was treated by intravenous therapies designed to kill the toxins. I felt better but certainly not 100% but I went on with my life, struggling with low energy, depression, body pain. I tried everything. Every new product, every new treatment; you name it, I tried it. But nothing was long-lasting.
Then in the fall of 2007, a life-altering stress entered my life. In my next post I’ll jump into the deep end of that murky pool and explore the role that stress has played in my health challenges. Stay tuned.