Thursday, July 26, 2018

Need Help Finding A Doctor?

How do you know when you have found the "right" doctor?









Here is my story:

Luckily enough, being diagnosed with secondary adrenal insufficiency, I was placed with a good doctor. My situation was above and beyond her expertise, so she referred me to a specialist at Vandy. I have been with that doctor ever since and I love her --- Dr. Utz, in case anyone needs an endocrinologist at Vandy.

However, as time went by, I noticed that I stayed tired all of the time and I hurt everywhere. My GP was no help; did not know what to tell me, other than to talk to my endocrinologist. So, on my next visit with her, I talked about all of my aches and pains. She ran tests on me and found that my growth hormone levels were low and she started me on injections. All that did was make me feel worse, so she told me to stop the injections.

I had my first appointment with a rheumy. I kept thinking, "finally, we are on the right track." This doctor was very nice, she made me feel very comfortable, was very easy to talk to. Well, after her ba-jillion questions, after moving a wrist, some fingers, a foot, she said that I have "soft tissue pain " and told me to manage my depression and to get better sleep. Then she escorted me to the door.

Nothing. I felt like a ball being tossed around from one doctor to another and then, thpppp***** <---- raspberry .... that doctor dropped the ball.

Needless to say, I do not trust doctors.  It took questioning my endo that winter, when I saw her again, to find out that I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

So, back to my question, how do you know when you have found the "right " doctor?

Do I need to seek a rheumatologist? Do I need to "fire" my gp? Believe me, I am giving serious thought to replacing him. He just is not much help. And if he isn't sure about something, he tells me to talk to my endo or he blames my hormones; instead of taking time to look into anything for me.








Tips To Help Find A New Doctor 



1. Ask friends and family.



Seek out the input of your friends and family when trying to find a new doctor. However, keep in mind that what is perfect for your friend, may not be an ideal match for you.



2. Choose a doctor that is relatively local. 



By choosing local doctors, you are more likely to stick to follow up appointments.



3. Check the office staff's phone etiquette.



Call the office to see if they are taking new patients. What you are looking for is a courteous response. It is better to hear that they are full, but thank you for calling than to be told that they are full and they put priority on existing patients. Better still, would be, they are full, but will be happy to take a new patient at "this" time or on "this" day.



4. After an initial visit,  trust your gut.



Did you feel at ease with this doctor? Were you able to ask your questions? Did the doctor answer your questions in a way that you were able to understand? If something feels off, trust that feeling and look for another doctor.









Proverbs 1:5 NIV 


let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—



Father, thank You so much for always being with me. Please help me to always be someone that seeks out guidance from wise counsel. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.











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How do you know when you have found the "right" doctor?
Did bells and whistles go off to let you know?
Do you have any tips that you can share to help this process go smoothly for others?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it,  I will be happy to help carry your load.
































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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Your Story Matters

Do you live with self doubt? Do you ever feel unworthy? 








"You do not belong."


"Nobody cares what you have to say."


"You are not wanted."


"You are not important."


"You are not worthy."


Sadly, I have told myself those things on more than one occasion in my life. However, as a Christian, I know that all of those statements are lies from satan. His only wish is to keep me focused on "self" instead of being focused on God.


What do you do when you start to feel bogged down with self doubt?








Overcome Self Doubt 





1. Spend quiet time with Jesus. 




Find a quiet place and just sit with Jesus. Allow Him this time to speak to you.




2. Look up verses that you can cling to.




Find a verse that speaks to you. Write it down on an index card and keep it with you.




3. Journal about a time that the Lord brought you through. 




Reflect over your life. Pick out a time that the Lord helped you through. Good, bad, ugly; everything. This is your story.




4. Share your story with someone. 




After you have written out your story, spend time praying over it. There is someone out there that needs to hear what you went through and how the Lord lead you through it. It will be scary to share it with them, but take a deep breath, and just go for it.




It is your story, share it. Remember that God helps us through certain things in our lives so we can then use our experiences to help others. No matter what your story may be, there is someone out there that needs to hear it.









Isaiah 41:10 NIV 


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.



Dear Father, thank You for always being with me. Father, I confess that I listen to the lies of satan and worse, I often believe that they are true. Please help me not to be afraid or dismayed because You, my Lord are with me. You strengthen and help me and You uphold me with Your righteous right hand. Help me to remember, no matter what I face, You are with me. I am worthy. My story does matter. In Jesus' name, Amen.












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Do you live with self doubt?
Do you feel unworthy?
Do you have any tips that you can share?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.































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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Faith Over Fear

What is your biggest fear? Is it trying something new? Having surgery? Letting others down? Disappointing God?







For me, right now, it is following where God is leading. I know that I have shared before about worrying that my blog is not good enough. I write because I feel Him leading me to share and then I worry that it isn't good enough. I worry that I do not have the right words or that my words are not coming out how He would like for them to. Or worse, I worry that I will have writer's block and not be able to share a thing.

Did you know that God is there with you, even in the smallest details of your day? He is your strength and He will never leave you. Better still, if He calls you to do something, He will prepare the way for you and never leave your side (Deuteronomy 31:8).

That last nugget, is one that I need to remember.  He is with me, He will prepare the way for me and He will never leave my side.








Five Ways To Choose Faith Over Fear 



1. Seek out a quiet place. 



Find a quiet place, away from chaos, and just sit with Jesus. ---> my image, is a porch swing overlooking a pond with birds and butterflies all around.



2. Pray.



Spend time in prayer. Prayer is conversation between you and the Father. He wants to know what is weighing on your heart.



3. Read.



Read the Bible and devotionals.



4. Journal.



Write down what the Lord reveals to you during your quiet time.



5. Ask.



Ask for His help and guidance. <--- this is where I ask Him for His words to flow through me.









1 John 4:18 NIV 


There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.


Dear Father,  thank You for always being with me. Thank You for loving me so much that I have no reason to live in fear. It is Your love for me that drives out fear. I take comfort in that knowledge, Father. Thank You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen.










Are The Waves Of Life Making You Fearful?

Glass Half Empty?

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What is your biggest fear?
Is it letting others down?
Is it following God only to disappoint Him?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it,  I will be happy to help carry your load.




























Photo credit: Chimene Gaspar @ pexels.com 

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