This is my pledge: New Year, New Me. I will find health in 2012.
If you’ve been following my health journey at all this past year, you already know that I ‘lost’ most of my summer due to the stress and cost of running around to a number of different doctors and health practitioners after a misdiagnosis of thyroid lymphoma. What started as feeling ‘off’ in May, led me on what turned out to be a wild goose chase (thanks to some grossly under-qualified doctors practicing together).
Though I did eventually discover (thanks to a much more qualified endocrinologist, Dr. Interlandi) was that I had Basedow’s disease: the result of my attempt to self (naturally) medicate my failing thyroid with Kelp…what we all know now that we shouldn’t do. While Dr. Interlandi put my mind at ease and got me on a proper dose of thyroid medication, it still didn’t change the fact that I had gained a great deal of weight (for me), felt like I was running on empty all the time, and couldn’t get rid of various skin issues that I’ve also been dealing with for awhile.
After spending over a thousand dollars on these various doctors, vitamins, supplements and natural remedies, I knew something needed to change this year.
I started lending my savings expertise to 94FM the Fish radio last August and quickly heard my colleague, Doug, talk about how he lost 65 pounds in 16 weeks with Blue Sky MD. He also told of how his wife’s life changed dramatically thanks to their hormone therapy.
Well I have to admit, that’s when I clammed up. I’ve always been wary of pills and ‘therapies’ to help regulate our body; after all, I’ve always believed God designed our bodies to self-regulate. And while He may have, that doesn’t change the fact that we live in an imperfect world with imperfect bodies. Still, our conversation didn’t go much beyond that.
I didn’t think much of it again until I re-connected last month with an online friend who also told me about Blue Sky MD. My guard started to come down a bit as I learned a couple things that peaked my interest:
1. The clinics are all run by actual MDs (yes, that’s medical doctors for those of us barraged by too many abbreviations these days!)
2. Blue Sky MD isn’t solely focused on any one area (weight loss, aesthetics, etc) as much as they focus on total life transformation…which is why they offer weight loss, education, bio-identical hormones, aesthetics and community as part of a patient-centered culture.
When I stopped to consider this, coupled with the fact that I realized I was already taking pills to control my thyroid (with no medical indications of being able to stop anytime soon), I decided to dig deeper. In all my searching for a physician that could help me with my situation, I wanted someone that would see the bigger picture of how my body worked, not just focus on the individual symptoms.
All of a sudden, Blue Sky MD became very appealing to me!
For so long, I’ve been believing that my weight/thyroid/skin issues were all related (most likely due to hormones in my opinion) and praying for someone who not only saw those puzzle pieces as well, but could help me fit them all together.
I’m not saying Blue Sky MD is that place just yet, but I’m sure hoping it will be.
That’s why I’m going in to ask more questions today. A lot of questions. Like “how much does this cost?”, “what exactly do you mean by ‘bio-identical hormones’“, “will I EVER get to stop taking my thyroid medicine?” and “have you tried this stuff????”
To be honest, I’m still very skeptical. But the fact that they have a dedicated “director of patient services” that I can meet with before getting into or signing anything puts me at ease.
So that’s it for now. I just thought you should know. You all rallied around me with such support this past summer that I wanted to be sure to include you on this next step, because if I do decide to go through with this, I’m going to need A LOT MORE SUPPORT!
I’ll let you know how it goes later today. What about you – what are your health goals for 2012?