Today I went for my six month checkup with the Allergy and Asthma center in Warsaw. I have been going here nearly ten years as a patient. Originally, chronic migraines and asthma lead me to a specialist; after a couple years of failed attempts and dead ends. Dr. Maples and Dr. Smits are trustworthy doctors. Not once have they tried to prescribe me something I didn’t need. We had a long battle during my teen years facing migraines that left me unable to participate in even the simplest of tasks. Through a lot of trial and error we found the perfect balance of medications that allowed my body to heal the over sensitive nerves that were misfiring causing the migraines. Several years later, when I decided that I felt it was time for more natural remedies Maples and Smits were all on board. Yes, it took a couple of years but today, I am happy to say that I have been prescription free for nearly two years now.
At my check up today, Dr. Maples told me that he really didn’t see a reason for me to return for check-ups. My health is the best it’s been in years. I told him how I committed to a healthy diet of non-processed foods, how I am currently training for a marathon, and have been practicing deep breathing exercises in an effort to beat my asthma.
“I could learn from your example,” he said. “Exercise and the right nutrition make a difference. I am not trying to get rid of you but I really don’t see a reason for you to come back. Unless of course something happens. Otherwise, we’ll keep an eye out in the newspaper for you when you win that marathon.”
I am no where near winning that marathon but I am winning the battle for my health. That’s all that matters. A part of me felt guilty for leaving this place. A health center dedicated to my best. Whatever the cost. The nurses were congratulatory. The clerk surprised that I wouldn’t be needing to schedule another appointment. I floated out of the building. Feeling sorry for the miserable lot setting in the waiting room.
I pulled out of the drive in awe of my journey. Crying and laughing at the same time. Memories of the past ten years flooding my mind. My loving mama by my side during the worst of my pain. Supportive friends offering advice and life saving nutritional wisdom. My best friends Victoria and Ben encouraging me to push myself further everyday. This woman is blessed. Grateful. Ecstatic. Yes, I still have a long way to go towards better health. Today marks a milestone though… Asthma. Psh. I got this. 😉
To my readers battling chronic health problems: I encourage you to find a doctor that “gets it.” So many physicians today are ready to sell you a pill. The Allergy and Asthma center works with patients suffering from all sorts of problems. They have been my family doctor for ten years. I highly recommend Dr. Maples and Dr. Smits. Your health is important. Your opinion matters. Trust your judgment. Get to know yourself. Find a doctor that respects you and your choices. You’ve only got this one body, this one life. Don’t waste it.