Why I Am My Own Health Advocate
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The trouble began with a snowball fight.
I was not meant to be part of it but, unfortunately, I was a victim of it.
One weekend, 15 years ago, the hubby and I decided to bring the kids to Big Bear for some snow fun. We found a place to go sleigh riding and play in the snow but our daughter (then 3-years-old) was very frightened when we put her down in the snow. She had never seen snow before. I told the hubby to bring the boys to get started and that our baby girl and I would join shortly.
Eventually, she got brave and we went to join the boys for a fun family day. It was great until I managed to get caught at the wrong place at the wrong time in the middle of a snowball fight between some older teenaged boys.
A snowball went off course and smacked me right in the back of my head. To make matters worse the snowball was not so much of a snowball but more of an ice ball. The boys felt terrible and my head was definitely hurting. However, at that time, I did not know how serious it was.
A few days later I still had a terrible headache and a sensation as if I was constantly in motion. I went to the doctor who, after sending me for an x-ray, determined that I had a concussion. He advised that a piece of my skull had gotten dislodged and was floating in my head. My doctor gave me a bit of basic advice and I honestly do not remember him doing much else.
For the next 15 years, I would have a sensation as if I was riding a roller coaster.
It would happen once or twice per month and last for just a minute or two and then pass.
I thought that this was the way it was always going to be but then something changed.
In January, I started to get regular headaches, my head felt heavy, and I often felt as if I was on a roller coaster or on rough seas. At first, I thought I was fighting a cold so I went to work on the cold in my normal holistic ways. However, I had no relief so after two weeks I went to my Primary Care Physician (pcp) who advised that my head was not at all congested, prescribed steroids for inflammation (even though he did not see any), and told me to call in 5 days if there was no significant relief. There was zero relief.
My January and February was filled with MRI’s, Cat Scans, hearing tests and many doctor visits (neurologist, ENT, Optometrist, etc.)
I had to push for many of these referrals but I would not take no for an answer.
I knew something was wrong.
After a while, and several consultations, I thought I had it figured out. As my own health advocate, I was right but was also in for a shock. Apparently, I had been misdiagnosed all those years ago. There was no floating piece of my skull. However, there was an untreated situation that was now manifesting in a much bigger way.
I place blame on no one for my situation. The snowball fight was innocent fun that mistakenly went wrong. My doctor did the best he could with the knowledge he had at the time. Technology has changed and I am thankful. It has made it much easier to learn things that were not apparent in the past. I appreciate that my medical doctor ordered all the referrals and tests that he felt I need and/or I asked for.
I am now in specialized Physical Therapy for the original injury and the subsequent vision and balance problems that it has caused. PT multiple times per week and special exercises at home is part of my regular routine. I am diffusing essential oils and taking supplements that help with my symptoms and recovery. I am already feeling much better and will be in better health than I was even before this episode began. That is because I was my own health advocate.
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Getting back to my normal routine is so wonderful. I am back to writing and teaching. I am working with all of my awesome clients on things such as Holistic Wellness, Mindset, and launching or expanding their businesses. My journey as a Volo Founding COach ha already been amazing. I am currently building a team of truly spectacular women who want to build their business and are using Volo Courses and products as a way to help them along. I am also looking forward to a visit from our daughter and just found out that we are going to get to see some really good friends soon too. Life is good. I am grateful for it all,
How about you? What do you have going on? Are you taking care of your health? Are you advocating for what you need?