I placed this blog post under the Rosacea section but it’s not totally about rosacea per se! It is related since it is all about this mama’s journey to improved health for herself. From autoimmune inflammatory markers to rosacea to carpal tunnel, inflammation is at the core of it all.
I wanted to share how an appointment this morning caused me to feel God’s presence. I hope it encourages you as well to see that God will lead you where He wants you to go and He is protecting you. About a month ago, I made an appointment with a neurologist to have an upper limb EMG to confirm whether or not the pins and needles and pain in my hands and arms is caused by carpal tunnel. Using my health insurance website, I found a doctor in my network and made an appointment. I did not know anything about this doctor; however, I vaguely remember that the name sounded like a name from my past days as a caregiver for my daughter who has EDS. If you’ve read my book, you know that we have quite a lot of experiences with many doctors, some are amazing, and some I would like to forget, if only I could. I was nervous, but I just needed an EMG so I kept the appointment.
Sure enough, this doctor was somewhat of a connection to a time for me that had been very difficult. To his credit, he was very professional and gave me the results to my test and I was thankful for an opportunity to practice humility and gratefulness and to feel God’s presence with me. He referred me to a hand surgeon, another doctor I did not personally know. Several weeks passed before I showed up in this man’s office at 7:15 this morning. I had almost cancelled it to get in with someone else weeks ago.
He was a small, elderly doctor wearing a white coat who had practiced medicine for a very long time. He asked me some questions and began to form a picture of my overall condition. We discussed doctors I see and it comforted me that he highly recommended my new rheumatologist who I am still assessing! Fairly quickly, I could see I was in the presence of a compassionate doctor who truly understood the depth of this painful hand condition and wanted to help me. I’ve encountered doctors of this caliber only a handful of times in my life. I felt God taking care of me at the core of it and I felt safe and peaceful. He explained that my symptoms all point to inflammation. Ya, I know Doc! I described what I had been doing to try to decrease that including doctor appointments, medications, my diet and supplements, all to not much avail apparently. After three cortisone shots in my hands, some laughs, and even a bit of grandparenting advice which I gladly received, he urged me to call his functional medicine doctor contact to work on decreasing inflammation. (Bonus: he is two hours away and very close to my expectant daughter and her husband! Thank you, Jesus.)
It’s a bit strange since I raised my children under the care of naturopathy and homeopathy, reluctantly ended up in the care of modern medicine, and find myself re-visiting alternative care at this time of my life. As you know, it’s rarely covered under insurance, but then hand surgery is costly, too! Mama, be certain that God will get you where He wants you to be! You might not understand why He takes you to specific places or people, but He will always work it out for your best. I’m excited to see how God will use this next step of functional medicine, but all my hope is truly in Him alone. I’ve seen how he uses illness to take me to people I never would have met and I’m praying about how I can be an ambassador for Him. Feeling better will just be the icing on the cake.
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