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I will always remember Thursday, 17 April 2008, as a turning point in my life; I may have to make it my little personal holiday: “Get Your Life Back Day”

not only did I wait for less than 10 mins after I arrived at the clinic (it may even have been less than 5 mins), but Steven Jones, the practice’s NP and husband of Dr Dianne Farley-Jones, spent close to AN HOUR w/me, discussing my symptoms and what treatments I’ve tried so far, and teaching me not only about human physiology but also about formal medical education and how it shapes the “standard of care” for the vast majority of medical practitioners… I’m pleased to say that I’ve learned so much over the last 6 mos that I felt more like it was a conversation where Dr Jones (what does one call an NP, anyway??) validated both the findings of my independent research and my instinctive knowledge…

I’m now officially off anti-depressants, and I intend to stay off them. (YAY!!! 😀 ) I have a whole slew of nutritional supplements that I have to discipline myself to take now, but if they help my body function properly, I’d much rather gag down 17 pills a day (to the tune of ~$100/month — this stuff ain’t cheap!) than pay ~$5-7/mo for pharmaceuticals that are wreaking havoc on my brain chemistry, ergo my body, my emotions, my attitudes and actions, and negatively impacting my family, particularly my relationship w/my DH… I also now have a supply of Rx-strength progesterone cream, compounded by a local pharmacy; Dr Jones said that Natpro is one of the brands of OTC progesterone cream they do recommend, but sometimes it’s just not enough for some women, depending on the severity of their hormone imbalance, and since the Natpro worked very well for me but ONLY when I was also on the ADs, he didn’t have a problem w/trying me on Rx-strength progesterone cream…

we also did blood work (again): I just had my thyroid levels tested by my other doc back in Jan (or somewhere around there; it was at least a few months ago if not longer) and they came back “normal”; well the whole problem w/that is that there’s “normal,” and then there’s “optimal.” Dr Jones explained that “normal” is determined across the medical community by taking the results of every thyroid test ever done and lopping off the bottom 5% and the top 5% of results, and the remaining 90% is considered “normal,” even tho’ the results range from 0.3 to 5.5 — quite the spread, that… Dr Jones recognizes that OPTIMAL thyroid levels are around 1 — anything lower than that needs to be supported; anything higher than that needs to be tempered, so we should find out the results of my thyroid tests in the next week or so, and we’ll be able to go from there… obviously I won’t be upset if my thyroid levels come back around optimal, but I’ll certainly be surprised, b/c I really think that’s a big part of the reason why I frequently feel so fatigued…

it’s definitely going to take some time for me to establish new habits, esp w/all these supplements (I think I need to write up a chart of what I’m supposed to take when, how, and how much — there’s that much stuff to try to keep straight, and I just can’t carry all of that around in my head), but I’m very encouraged by my initial visit and look forward to seeing how well my body starts responding to this new treatment approach…

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