You’ve got to have heart

February 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm 7 comments

     Someone recently told me, in regards to my own health (see here), that I had walked through a door that was now closed behind me. I couldn’t get that thought out of my head – is that what has really happened? Am I destined to take more pills than I care to count, wonder what’s going to set my heart off from moment to moment, and feel far older than I truly am?

     Then I met my new doc, who told me that I am like a boat. I’ve got a zillion holes, and water is pouring out more rapidly than my other docs can control. The traditional medical establishment is merely trying to use non-waterproof band aids on those holes instead of actually fixing the problem. So this new doc, whom I’m half in love with merely because he can help me, is going to rework me from the inside out.  

      It’s already started, really. One IV treatment settled my heart in a way it hasn’t settled in well over a month. I could actually take a deep breath without my heart catching the top of that breath with a shudder, and my heart stayed calm during the night when it is usually the most active. I am by no means healed yet, but that simple gift of a few days and nights of peace in my chest gave me more hope and faith than I’ve had in a long time.

     I’m reminded of the hope and faith I lost, and then found, when we started to try to help C with his health issues. We made the rounds of specialists over and over again – the neurologist, the developmental pediatrician, the geneticist the gastroenterologist; you name it, we saw it. No one could give us any answers beyond getting C developmental therapies, which we had already been doing for years. Finally frustrated with traditional Western medicine, I found myself looking outside that circle, something I had never considered before.

     We found success outside that circle, with a DAN! doctor (Defeat Autism Now!). Say what you will about the admittedly controversial idea of “defeating” autism in general, this doctor helped. I wasn’t thinking about the moral ramifications of “curing” an entire group of people who possess what some call a gift and some call a disability, which is what the discussion of DAN! doctors’ methods often turns into. I only wanted to help my child, and not so much with his autism as with his body, which I knew was sick. Our DAN! doctor didn’t do anything scary or even particularly outside the box – in fact, she worked closely with C’s gastroenterologist to help treat a GI problem we didn’t even know he had – she just prescribed to him a few well placed supplements that truly changed C’s health and life.

    Based on that, is it any wonder I would turn outside the establishment for my own questionable health? I find it interesting that so many of C’s supplements are now ones I’m taking, which simply furthers my feeling that I am on the right path. C and I are cut of the same cloth and pattern. He is me and I am him. So off I go on my own biomedical treatment plan with the hopes that it will make me as well as C is.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. transitionalthoughts  |  February 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    We have been doing biomed treatment for the last 3 years and the gains in health for me and my son have been astounding. We never did anything that wasn’t proven by a scientific test (vit/min deficiency, yeast overgrowth, allergies). We don’t want to “cure” the autism, but we do want to fix obvious medical issues so that our son can be and feel the best possible.

  • 2. pixiemama  |  February 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I am SO glad you’ve found your hope.

    Find your strength, build on it.


  • 3. therocchronicles  |  February 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Sounds like you’ve found a good doc there. Treating the source. Hmmm. Wonder why more of them don’t do this?! I’m so glad you’ve found someone who is working on helping you rather than patching you.

    As pixie said-hold onto the hope and step on it for strength.

  • 4. robinaltman  |  February 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Yay! It sounds like you’re on a great track! Here’s to a long lifetime of quiet heart. *clink*

  • 5. elizabeth  |  February 10, 2010 at 8:34 am

    We just started down the DAN road ourselves so I am glad to have found your blog. The C-isms are wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!

  • 6. Shivon  |  February 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I am so very happy that you have found what sounds like a fantastic doctor.

  • 7. hopeauthority  |  February 21, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I totally relate to loving the DAN doctor! I’m smitten with my guy too. And my infertillity docs too. How can you not worship the ones who helped you have your kids when hope was gone…and then helped to heal them-again, when hope was gone.

    The chiropractor/DAN doctor now sees our whole family. (If hubby and I would only listen to him, we’d be better!) He exudes wellness and calm and healing. I love how his philosophy is to manage your health instead of treating your disease. Western medicine usually just wants to give you a pill to lessen your symptoms, but it rarely fixes the problem…just covers it up.

    Good luck. Trust your instincts.


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