Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Unacceptable Answer = The Road to Hope!

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.  ~Plato

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I had a doctor's appointment as a last follow up to my sleep testing and the PA said, "You've hit the end of the road for what American medicine can do." They wanted to continue testing my hypersomnia but the only end result he said would be to put me on stimulants from here on out. They've basically diagnosed me with idiopathic hypersomnia which are fancy words for I sleep a lot but they can't find the cause.

This is an unacceptable answer to me.

It's easy to lose heart when you are sick. So that's why I've been looking for quotes to encourage me but it's been even hard to find quotes that are deep. Mostly they have been greeting card level with a little bit of "if you get sick, then it's because you didn't believe hard enough not to." I was getting to the point of chunking the laptop to the side walk when I read the quote above by Plato. Finally, depth! What a truth he spoke. Since I was blogging, reading and praying today during my coffee and cozy with God...I feel the Spirit confirming a recent direction I've been taking in my health.

About two weeks ago I visited a wellness center because I had read about homeopathic medicine. It became more well know in 1828 but it's philosophy has been around since Hippocrates about 400 BC. The center has a mixture of specialists from acupuncturists to Chinese herbalists, those trained in Thai yoga & rolfing and muscle testing using kinesiology. So even though I'm a huge skeptic by nature, I know sometimes things can work, even if they don't make sense to I figure I've spent well over 1 1/2 years in testing with Western medicine and 'ruled' out the 'serious' causes so why not give Eastern medicine a try?

The visit was great! The woman I met with was previously a Pharmacist...coming from a long line of Pharmacists. She is now also an acupuncturist and won me over with her knowledge of Western Science and practice of Eastern Medicine in hopes to diagnose and treat me as holistically and comprehensively as possible. After spending about 30 minutes writing and asking me questions about my health, she did some kinesiology testing, I had an acupuncture session and was recommended some homeopathic medicines. I'm not sure what the acupuncture did, maybe it helped? I know I'd always prefer a massage instead! LOL. Honestly, I was getting discouraged at seeing no difference until about a week after my visit. Do you know what? Slowly, I've been feeling better. I've seen my day time sleepiness start to go away. I've had a couple of nights where I've only slept about 8 hrs instead of my normal 10-14hrs. I'm not a 100% but I'm feeling good enough to get up and exercise in the mornings again.

I am gaining some hope! And it helped to visit a wellness center who believes in the 'whole' person. So today, won't you praise God with me? His presence has been continually with me through all this and in His amazing wisdom, He had someone give me an unacceptable answer as a way to direct my feet on the road to hope again.

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.Psalm 9:18


  1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2012

    Thank you for this post to keep me encouraged for my upcoming journey. Sleep specialist can't see me until September 17th *sigh* Love, Stephanie

  2. I absolutely love the Plato quote and am praying for you, as always. :)