Square Piece wants to know what benefits Momma has seen from her visits with the “which” doctor.
I’m glad you asked, Square Piece!
When I had Donovan, many moons ago, I knew it would take a while to recover from the loss of blood (three pints) and the physical effects of having had a caesarian (my first and only of the five pregnancies) while still battling fibromyalgia (going on seven years at that time). So, when I started to experience new symptoms, like hair loss, dry skin, feeling cold (even when the room was 90 degrees from the wood stove while wearing a flannel nightgown and buried under comforters), I just figured it was tied in to the fibromyalgia or my recovery from having Donovan.
However, eventually I began to notice that I had a lump in my throat and it was not going away. I found myself uncomfortable with anything around my neck and I no longer wanted to wear turtlenecks, so something was definitely off. When I started to have difficulty swallowing, I decided that I needed to see my family physician. His response, “Well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see you have a goiter, Mrs. Armstrong!” He said it wasn’t uncommon after a pregnancy, but asked if anyone else in the family had thyroid problems. I didn’t think so, but after talking to my dad, I discovered that both he and my grandmother had low thyroid and were taking a daily prescription for it. So I resigned myself to having to do the same … for the rest of my life.
Enter Dr. Bartlett just a few months ago, who not only has gotten me completely off of my thyroid medicine, but is also fixing a whole host of other problems that I had been experiencing now that I am post-menopausal. She confirmed some things that I was second-guessing (I really need to stop doing that), such as a hiatal hernia and some food allergies. All without expensive lab work!
Recently, Mandy and I cleaned out Charley’s work room, which had not been used in quite some time. Suffice it to say that next time I will wear a mask. The following day I woke up with my throat on fire and discovered upon my visit with Dr. B that a bacteria had settled into my throat. She immediately formulated the right supplements and the bacteria worked its way out of my body without the use of antibiotics. YAY!!!
I really appreciate Dr. B’s personalized touch with my individualized treatment plans and that she adjusts each supplement to meet my immediate needs during every appointment, rather than ordering a prescription for the rest of my life with only minor adjustments based on annual blood tests. She does not do blood work; she just knows what my body needs during each visit. For example, one week I might need three of one pill and the next only one and then it might get dropped altogether. I’m very optimistic about our future goals for me losing weight and gaining even more energy.