the big d.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
I joined a group on Facebook that is dedicated to learning more about Vitamin D.
I really have learned alot in the week or so since I have been following it. I never knew the first thing about magnesium being needed when taking vitamin d.
I have to wonder why my doctor never discussed this with me?
Probably because she herself didnt know either.
We have this hospital in our little town, which touts itself as the hospital of the year. And they have been boasting this title for many years now.
I call it the dark tower of death. As they have added floors and a big eyesore of a parking garage in front and its all black.
I just wonder how much healthier our locals might be if they had spent half that money on bringing in new doctors and practitioners.
For example, last week I decided, after a second bout, with a sore throat, that it is time to have my tonsils out.
I was supposed to have had this surgery as a teenager, and for some reason my parents backed out.
I was supposed to have had it 3 years ago, and I backed out.
I just didnt feel the doctor was right for me.
I arrived in his office to discuss the surgery and instead, I got to see the nurse, who set up a film for me to watch about having your tonsils out.
The film appeared to be made for children and also, seemed to have been made in the 60s or 70s.
The surgeon spent zero time discussing with me what to expect, etc.
So, here I find myself once again needing to get this over with and I have had to make an appointment with a doctor at another hospital over an hour away.
Also, I found myself searching for an endocrinologist, and while there is ONE associated with this hospital, I have been warned against him by several friends.
Their complaints-----little contact with the doctor himself, not being explained in detail about their test results, impersonal staff.
See, most of you are probably saying, why not just call another doctor.
It seems that in any specialty, such as endocrinology or ENT, there is only one available in our town.
If there are more than two, they are still both associated with this hospital, which has more or less eliminated competition.
It is an hour and up to three hours drive to the next hospitals.
But I have found an ENT that I hear good things about, I am still searching for the endo.
The way the hospital has taken over all the local doctors offices, you cannot even call the doctors office up to speak to someone in their office now, you have to call the hospital and they connect you with scheduling.
I hate this new system and feel like we are living under communist health care system.
So, I find it has become necessary to either put off these appointments or travel up to 2 hours for an appointment.
For this hospital system to sing its own praises and give itself so many kudos, they sure spend little time or effort on improving things for the patients.
You would think in this area, where there seems to be a high rate of obesity and diabetes, we would have more than one endocrinologist.
Most people around here dont even know what that is and they go to their family doctor for diabetes care.
I wonder how many people are walking around with illnesses that have been misdiagnosed.
I know I have.
I went to the eye doctor maybe 3 years ago and was told I have chronic dry eye and was prescribed lubricating eyedrops. Which within maybe two months, my insurance stopped paying for.
So. Come to find out, my dry eyes are a result of my low vitamin d.
Which brings us back to the beginning of this blog.
I have learned so much about how low vitamin d can adversely affect ones health.
I now suspect many of my health issues are related.
Everything from a lack of weight loss to aches and pains....probably from low magnesium, which vitamin d depletes in the body.
I never knew that.
Dry hair, dry skin, dry eyes. tooth and gum issues, I had two back teeth pulled months before being diagnosed with low D.
I am glad to have been diagnosed, as my orthopeadist told me at the time, when I broke my foot, due to low vitamin d, that breaking my foot could have really saved my life in the long run.
As, I would have suffered heart disease, diabetes, and many other health issues, and never would have been tested for low vitamin d.
So, as we are entering fall and winter I have not seen real sunshine in about 5 days.
Rain, overcast, dark and dreary days.
I have increased my d and added magnesium.
Soaking my feet at night in epsom salt and baking soda, which I have learned can help the body absorb the magnesium more quickly.
I need sun, so I am going to get the artificial kind, from the tanning bed.
Does this really help??? The jury is still out on that, but I know it does make me feel better.
And I just hope the rain moves out in the next few days so I can get back to walking.
The walking dead, my all time favorite tv show, returns tomorrow night, so I am in Superbowl mode, lol.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend.
Get your veggies and take your vitamins and find your sunshine where you can.