I’ve been in the doctor’s office a lot lately. I suspect I may have done it to myself.
I had a urinary tract infection. I visited two different doctors in two states for a total of three office calls. Antibiotics three times. I tried all the herbs I knew, including Pipsissewa, Goldenseal root, Echinacea root, Dandelion and maybe some others. After about a year, it simply went away “on its own.”
I got a sore shoulder. I wouldn’t stop going to the gym and it grew worse. My sister had warned me about the antibiotics I was taking for my UTI, being suspect in tendonitis and having landed her in a wheelchair.
I tried the chiropractor. He said my x-rays looked so bad I’d surely be on a surgeon’s table within two years. I said I would not. He said, “Yes, you will, if you don’t let me take care of it.”
I let him manipulate my shoulder twice. It hurt so bad I went home and used ice packs and took naproxen sodium. The third day, I called it off.
I figured out which exercises at the gym were aggravating my shoulder problem and stopped doing all upper body work for about three months. It got better, I kept stretching and now I have about ninety-eight percent of my range-of-motion back.
Next I had a sore tooth. My gums felt swollen and the tooth felt loose. I made an appointment with the dentist, who took x-rays, couldn’t find anything wrong and prescribed antibiotics. I got thrush.
When you’re my age and your vision fades enough you need magnification to read, you get glasses. They recommend you get a check-up at least every two years, at which time they generally increase the strength of your glasses. It was time.
The optometrist expressed alarm at the change in my left eye. He scared me into seeing an ophthalmologist. The expert found my optic nerve “not as pink as it should be,” wrote down “atrophy of optic nerve” and ordered MRI scans.
The MRIs revealed an enlarged parotid gland, which “could be a lymph gland.” Say what? Is it a lymph gland or not? The experts aren’t sure. Seems it’s rather like the tonsils of the 1950’s–we don’t know what it does so let’s take it out!
They found nothing wrong with my eye, except it doesn’t see well. Last week it was atrophied; this week it’s not. And now you say I need to see an ear, nose and throat specialist?
They told me the ENT’s office would call for an appointment and I went home. They haven’t called yet but I have my speech all ready. God is healing; get out of his way!