Today was an interesting day at the doctor's office. I didn't leave with good news (or bad for that matter), but I did leave with a new freedom that I could say what I needed --good, bad, or indifferent-- and be listened to.
It was an exceptionally long appointment ...over an hour. I LOVE my ND (and his trusty sidekick). I know they have a lot of wonderful patients, but it tickles me to pretend I'm their favorite...even if it's only in my mind.
In between further testing, treatment options, new symptoms, and tears, somehow we managed to work in a conversation about Bin Laden, Netflix, and the actual nature of viruses. "They're really not alive..." trusty sidekick said.
It was good to laugh for a minute.
The end result?
-An adjustment to my Doxycycline dosage (working up to 400mg/day...currently at 200)
-New blood work for another IGENEX test (this one for co-infections)
-A referral to a Neurologist and a Cardiologist (ugh)
-A prescription for pain medication(s) (something I've been resisting, but can't avoid any longer)
-And a couple of other things I'm not quite ready to talk about yet
Three weeks 'til my next appointment.
Altered Today: Peace of mind, confidence I am on or near the right track.