Sometimes there are things I want to share over and beyond my artwork; so I’m going to let this blog morph from time to time in hopes that it will help even just one person see the world or their situation differently, more positively and with more hope. Today’s topic is health. Achem….
In the summer of 2013, I went in for a regular checkup. I had a crazy time trying to schedule the appointment (thank God I wasn’t dying). Finally, 3 weeks later, I arrived to my appointment.
During my checkup I decided to mention that I was having issues with my heart palpitating, beating irregularly and fluttering. Sometimes my chest hurt and sometimes I would feel dizzy. The frequency of fluttering was nearly every night as I was lying in bed, sometimes during the day. The dizziness was only once every few months.
Immediately the electrocardiogram machine was rolled in and the EKG was on in full force; hooking me up to the machine, taping everything down; I half expected some freak scientists to come in with masks on and over-hearing a voice in the next room “E.T. phoooone hooome”. Frantic-paced they finished their little test and left the room.
What happened next was so odd and eerie. The doctor, along with her assistant, came into the room rather sullenly. The assistant stood there looking down at me me and I noticed that the doctor’s chair was much higher than mine (a bit of psychology at work here?) Anyway, the doctor began her speech about seeing something erratic in the test results and that she was recommending I see a cardiologist:
“I’m going to refer you to a cardiologist. They will likely do some additional tests and prescribe a medication for the condition (condition?) of your heart. I’m going to schedule it for you. I don’t think it’s anything too serious but we don’t want to take any chances and the test was an indication that something more could be wrong.”
The speech went on for about 5 minutes. But….I was already onto the whole thing…remember the seating? Yeah, I’m pretty good at all the tricks and gimmicks people use to establish themselves as more powerful and authoritative.
The little assistant was still standing solemnly in front of me, still looking down at me and I turned to the doctor and simple said, “I understand what you are saying to me, however, I’m not one to make abrupt decisions about this kind of thing. I like to think about options given to me and then make a decision and take a course of action. Thank you for the information you’ve given and your time, but I don’t think I want to book an appointment today.”
The doctor then spoke again about the necessity, though it was my choice, and said it would take a few weeks anyway to get me in to see the cardiologist, so she was going forward with referring me and I could decline when they called to schedule.
I went home feeling really weird. What if they were right? I had been having trouble with my heart fluttering and had just been through a time of loosing a lot of weight, which I knew was not good for the heart.
One night I decided to peruse the internet for some additional information. And there it was, nestled amongst the black and white words like a golden nugget:
Heart palpitations can be bothersome or frightening. They usually aren’t serious or harmful, though, and often go away on their own. Most of the time, they’re related to stress and anxiety or to consumption of stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. Palpitations also often occur during pregnancy. In rare cases, palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition. –WebMD
“Stimulants such as caffeine”….I knew this was it. I had been drinking upwards of 3-4 carbonated drinks per day. I decided to stop and to monitor myself to see if anything changed. If it didn’t, then I would go to the cardiologist. Afterall, it was reiterated twice that this could be something more serious. I also changed my diet, adding more veggies and eating only natural foods – I had been eating frozen food for lunch every single day.
Within less than 2 weeks, the condition vanished. Not one fluttering of my heart. When the cardiologist office called to schedule, I simply told them what I had done and that I didn’t need to see them.
Dare to think. That’s what I would say to anyone who is listening. Dare to think for yourself – your body belongs to you so be sure you are the one in charge of making the decisions about it. Don’t be ‘bullied’ by anyone else so they can get a referral point in their hat or more cash in their pocket. I’m not saying the doctor wasn’t concerned for me, because honestly, she’s as stuck in this broken healthcare system as the rest of us. She was only doing what was being required of her – she gets bullied as well into conforming to a system that won’t pay her otherwise.
I’m searching for a new doctor this year, maybe holistic or just someone outside the conventional system. I’m convinced a nutritionist could likely take care of anything health related. For anyone interested, here is a wonderful documentary on the current healthcare system. If you want to see the system for what it is, check this out:
This film can be found on iTunes and Amazon Prime video. It’s worth the watch.
The issues really touched me. I thought I was being needy, wanting someone to pay attention to what I was telling them instead of grabbing a pad and writing me a $300/month prescription for a drug. Someone who could give me options, natural options, before sending me off to the drug store. No, I’m not the only one feeling neglected. It’s the neglect of an entire system for each and every American out there. I’m ready for change. It’s time to get unconventional in our thinking~
And hey, I’m still an artist so here’s some pony candy I was working on this weekend. He kindof looks like he just escaped some fire himself~