Tuesday, October 29, 2013
We made it to the appointment!!!
Last time I updated I mentioned that we had an appointment for Tim with a new out of town doctor but that I wasn't sure he was going to be able to travel. We made it! Hallelujah! It was a 3 hour drive each way and a very long appointment, so we decided to do an overnight. I'm so glad we did. It was an exhausting trip anyway, and I'm not sure we would have made it if we would have had to do it all in one day.
We both just loved the new doctor! She was very kind and very thorough. She did a very thorough interview first. We had brought along a ridiculously huge binder with some of the past 5 years of Tim's medical history. We weren't even able to collect all the records from all the hospitals, doctors and labs yet (we're still working on some of that) and we darn near filled an entire 2 inch binder. Kind of sad. Anyway, she took some time to look through all of the info we had brought as well as the mountain of paperwork we had brought that her office had sent us ahead of time. She highlighted a bunch of things and asked us dozens of questions to get a better understanding of what has gone on since this started 5 long years ago.
After the verbal part of it, she did a thorough physical examination. She is very old-school and was able to tell a lot by observing different reflexes, skin appearances, skin reaction to different sensations, etc. It was fascinating to watch.
After all of that, they drew 14(!) tubes of blood. She is doing all the normal blood tests (CBC, CMP, etc) as well as some interesting ones like food allergies, complete hormone panel, and mycotoxin panel, among others. He will be doing a strict 2+ week food elimination diet to go along with the food allergy blood test. It's possible that he will find food(s) that his body doesn't process well that could be inhibiting his healing.
The appointment that was supposed to last 3 hours lasted 4.5 hours. Whew! We were exhausted afterwards!
And now we wait...
We do the food testing on our own at home and record the results, and we wait for all the other test results to come rolling in. We go back to see her next month to review all the test results and figure out a plan of action.
As I mentioned at the beginning, we really liked her a lot. We both felt a great connection with her and feel that she has excellent potential to help Tim a lot on his healing journey. Please join us in praying for these next steps for Tim. He really needs a miracle and we are praying this is it!