Lastnight, husband and I went over to a friends house. They're an older couple and we met them through my parents. We attended the same ward. Our interactions with each other go on and on. Due to my ongoing fertility/ infertility issues and my total disgust with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, we have decided to try the natural route in balancing my body. They are the exact couple we needed to see to point us in the right direction, in terms of natural health care.
At this point in my journey through infertility, I am so done with Kaiser Permanente. Everytime I go into an appointment, I'm speedily sent through the normal grind. Check-in and PAY before any service is rendered. The co-pay is $20. (I remember it was $1.50 30 years ago.) Next, you're shuffled to the waiting room. Nurse calls your name. She does the vitals, weight, blood pressure, etc. She asks what the problem is. You answer. Then you're off to the patient room where you wait for the doctor. He/ She comes in and mildly skims over the issues. Prescribes something then you're done. I have never felt like a doctor was really concerned about my well-being. NEVER! I'm so done with Kaiser. October is when my job holds open enrollment. I can't wait. Until then, I'm going the natural route.
Anyway, the couple we met with lastnight is helping us along our journey. We sat down and chit-chatted about health and choosing food that will truly feed our bodies. As of March 1st, we've given up the cow and the swine and have slowed down significantly on fowl and seafood. Quite an accomplishment for an avid steak lover like myself. Next on our "to-do-list" is to eliminate dairy completely. It is quite an exciting road to travel. I have tons of energy and feel great -- all the way around. I haven't pulled up to a fast-food joint since mid-February and I don't miss it at all. The very thought of McDonalds makes me cringe.
Our conversation with the couple was focused almost entirely on me. We discussed me, as a whole person, not just symptoms as you would with a clinical doctor. We talked about my physical health. What my challenges are. If I've had a complete blood work-up to see where I'm at in terms of cholestorol and blood sugar. We talked about my stress levels at work and with life in general. We explored my emotional health and that is where we found several issues that needed to be worked through. So that's what I've been up to.