Sunday, January 20, 2008

There you have it

I may be without Internet for a few days. We are taking everything out of my room, furniture and all, cleaning the carpets with hypoallergenic soap, then re-introducing everything into my room slowly. We are trying to figure out what has had me sick for the last five months.

I haven't admitted to you all just how ill I have been. I suppose I haven't wanted to admit it to myself either. It doesn't help that my main doctor spent four months trying to convince me that it is all in my head while I got sicker and sicker. I finally got fed up and went to another doctor who said, "Wow! You are seriously malnourished. We need to do something to get you healthy, and fast."

Needless to say, I'm switching doctors. Sad thing is that I can only have this new doctor as long as I am a university student. I have just under a year to find a new and improved GP who will listen to me and stop telling me that every broken knee and bumped elbow is a symptom of depression, when it clearly isn't.

That did come out angrier than I expected. Sorry about that guys and gals, but I'm just so frustrated. I have gotten to the point now that I don't have the energy to even knit. I've become hugely sensitive to foods so that I can only really eat vegetables and rice, when I can eat at all. What's more, environmental sensitivities make it so I can't even read as there appears to be something in books and newspapers that makes me feel ill. Not being able to read is a really bad thing when you are a student.

There you have it. Sorry about the grumpy tenor of my post. I should be happier in a few days once my room is clean.


Holly said...

Ugh. I hate Dr.s' who don't listen. I had an orthopedist like that. Months later when I went to my GP, she asked if I was doing physical therapy for my knee. "No, the specialist said I jsut needed to wait until it got really bad and then get surgery." Umm, no, you should be doing these exercises to prevent surgery. Thanks.

We get all our vegetables from a local farm. They took a month break and we have all been feeling down in the dumps.

I hope you find what problem is and can get to feeling healthy soon.

TinkingBell said...

Wow! Do I get that Doc 1 is a man (there seems to be a gene in some male GPs which suggests that all illnesses of all women are 'hysterical' - even if their legs are broken in 7 places!)
I really hope you start feeling better soon and eating - bananas help?

Beth said...

Hi Raven. So sorry you're having so much trouble. Try visiting a naturopath perhaps for the food stuff, and perhaps an acupuncturist? I'm starting to explore these other things and I think there's something to it.

Robin said...

So sorry to hear that you have been so sick! Yuck. Nothing worse than having a doctor that can't get past his/her western medical training. I had one like that for years and it was pretty demoralizing. I see a naturopath as well as a GP now and I like the combo. Nice to meet you the other evening!

Curlysalamander said...

Just getting back from Hawaii and read about your health issues. Two words -- soy allergy. Soy is in everything, including ink (which explains the problem with books! There was a lady in my spinning group who had this and it made her incredibly ill for years and then miraculously better when she figured it out. Pain in the butt, however.