First Visit With The NP

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So I visited the ND ( Naturopathic Doctor ) a week ago. It was “different” for lack of better words. I wouldn’t say it was a bad experience. It was just different and new to me. I found it odd, I guess. But I am also very interested in this technique. I guess this would constitute a paradigm shift for me. It’s like my usual way of thinking about medical science is being replaced by alternative ways of healing. I am learning that healing the body is not only through an avenue of medicine. Rather I am learning that there are natural ways to heal through diet, exercise and healthier natural alternatives. I have learned that running to an MD is not always the best answer. Unfortunately, I have learned this quite a few times in my life experiences. So with this new way of looking at health and healing, I will share my experience of my first appointment with the ND.

The first thing I noticed about the office as I entered was that it was tidy and clean and nicely decorated, even down to having a neatly written inspirational quote on a large old-fashioned chalkboard as you entered the building. I guess I was expecting simple and boring. Instead, the building was quaint and welcoming. And to add to my surprise was that when I entered the building I saw an old friend sitting as the receptionist. A woman of faith that I dearly admire. I had no idea she worked there. That too was a pleasant surprise. So to begin the appointment it was the usual, sign here, sign there, fill in this section on the form, check this box, list of medications etc. then I was lead into the doctor’s room for the visit. The room I was lead into was an office style room vs an examining room. The far wall across from the door was stacked with books and a desk sat to the right surrounded by a few plush chairs.

First, the ND asked some questions about the type of symptoms I was experiencing. We spoke for a long time. I wish I could say we spoke about my health in general. However, the ND was quite a talker and he often trailed off to nothing in particular such as politics and religion. hahaha!! Good thing we had very similar ideas and beliefs!! I didn’t mind it too much. I relate to trailing off in conversations because I am quite a talker myself and often even scatterbrained. Nonetheless, I was paying for the visit and I was limited to an hour visit on my budget so I tried to redirect us every time we seemed to get off topic.

After some winded conversations between the ND and I, he pricked my finger with a needle and placed a sample of my blood onto a glass slide to review under a large microscope he had sitting on a table across the room. I got to watch as he examined my blood. The microscope was attached to a large screened monitor sitting beside the microscope. He began to examine my blood under the microscope explaining to me what the different components were that made up my blood. It looked nothing like what I expected under magnification!! As he zoomed in on my blood he pointed out the various “things” moving around in my bloodstream. First, I saw the blood cells. I was familiar with that part of my blood. He confirmed that in fact, I was looking at many blood cells as he explained to me the different components that made up my blood type. Then he pointed out all the fat cells swimming along beside the hundreds of blood cells and asked what I had eaten for lunch. I replied, “Mexican food.” and after seeing all those fat cells swimming along, I instantly regretted my choice of lunch that afternoon. After that, he pointed out the Candida that was in my blood. Candida is yeast. I had read that Candida overgrowth is especially common in people who have autoimmune diseases, so I wasn’t shocked to see that. But I certainly wasn’t happy about it.  He continued to search my blood for Lyme Spirochetes but didn’t seem to find any.  So he crushed my blood cells with light pressure. That is when we saw them. Two spirochetes swam out from blood cells. I can not even begin to explain the creepy feeling I got seeing that!! It’s almost as if I wanted to turn my skin inside out and bleach all of my insides!! Apparently, the Lyme Spirochetes can embed and hide in your cells and organs. That’s frightening!!

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After taking a look at my most recent lab results, my fresh blood and my compiling list of symptoms, my ND decided to start me on Samento. Samento is a natural extract that is derived from Cat’s Claw.  It is sometimes recommended to fight bacteria and inflammation in people with Lyme disease. It is also considered to be as powerful and sometimes even more powerful than antibiotic treatments used to combat Lyme disease.  I am 1 week into treatment and have been feeling awful. I have even come down with Strep throat and am now on antibiotics to combat that as well. Not sure if I am herxing or dealing with normal seasonal illness. I assume this is only a glimpse of the fight I have ahead of me. But I’m ready. With God’s help, I am ready to fight!!

To be continued………………….

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Hello! I am a wife and mother of five. I am a Lyme warrior and a survivor of a high profile abuse case. I have decided to blog my journey to healing ( both physically and mentally ). I am also working towards writing a memoir. Aside from my crazy busy schedule of working full time as a teacher, and taxing kids all over town for their extracurricular activities, and finding the right protocol to heal Lyme disease, I am also an essential oils junkie and break out my "potions" often. When I am not with my family or teaching, I enjoy photography, making "potions", going on walks with my dog, painting or reading. I will be posting snippets of my memoir here along my writing journey!!

9 thoughts on “First Visit With The NP

  1. Keep fighting and remember all types of treatment may help when combined together. Acupuncture, Acupressure, Cupping, Chiropractor and many other types of wellness partitioners. Gather all you can from several sources. I have Chronic Lyme which cause Fibromyalgia and early on-set Dementia.
    You may have already covered other treatment options and I missed the post.
    Good luck in your search. I have an archive full of Lyme post.
    Have a great day.

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    1. Thank you sooo much!! I am new to Lyme and am trying to learn all I can. I really appreciate you reaching out and offering advice!! 💚 The past few months have been quite a rollercoaster for me learning I have Lyme disease and that my daughter has CHD. We found out weeks apart from each other. I will definitely look into those suggestions!! I have seen a bit about them but don’t know much just yet. I hope you are doing well on your healing journey!!!

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      1. I’m past the worst part until the next flare. I haven’t been seeing my Lyme doctor in over a year and it’s worked most of time. My biggest issue is my GP has no experience with chronic pain and the illnesses that fall into that category. The GP has know idea the depth of my pain and won’t increase my meds accordingly. I’ve out of changing because the hassle of new paperwork…..if doctor their patients who take a higher than normal dose or drug you don’t normally use, it’s there job to manage the patient. Give Rx’s for normal pain and another for the really bad days. If controls are in place abuse can be controlled.
        I wrote post thru my journey thru searching for answers of having Lyme to getting diagnosed. I am over due for a Lyme Progress post. I have two broken arms and it’s not helping me.
        There are great bloggers out there on Lyme and some that really get down to the bottom of things. I’m sure you will find plenty of support.
        I’m hear anytime, msandorm@verizon.net.
        Nice meeting you! 🙂

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      2. Thank you again!! I am going to go read your blog posts now. I look foward to connecting with others walking simular journeys. This is not an easy road and its nice having the support of others. Im so sorry to hear about your pain. I relate to that. Although I am not in near as much pain as I have been in the past, I relate to what you are going through. I am happy to hear you are passed the worst part of Lyme!! That gives me so much hope hearing people have gained victory through this battle I am now in. I can’t wait till I can say the same!! 🙂 TWO BROKEN ARMS!!?? OUUUCH!! I am so sorry to hear that! I cant imagine that!! Okay I am goign to go find your Lyme posts and read!!

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