Sunday, October 2, 2016

Getting Better

Hey Folks,

 I have been fighting a medical condition for a little over three years now. For me, the symptoms were constantly tearing muscles, short-term memory loss, and fatigue. The worst part of it for me was the memory loss. In many ways, it was like I was suffering from dementia in my 40's. Bi-monthly injections for over two years helped hold back the symptoms to a small degree.

 However, when I applied for new health insurance coverage on the federal online marketplace this summer, it took over 3 months before I could get a new policy. During that time (July, August, and much of September) my prescription ran out and I was unable to renew it anywhere because it requires extensive (and very expensive) annual testing - which no one would do for me without insurance. I tried to get treatment everywhere. I could not even get into a local free medical clinic that I send people to all the time because they were already booked up for the summer.

 Once I was able to see a doctor, something amazing had happened. Apparently, going without my medication for three months somehow caused my own body to suddenly begin rectifying my condition on its own! Armed with my new health insurance and a fresh round of tests, it seems my condition has already improved enough that I no longer require medication for it! I am not 100% yet, but I can certainly tell the difference. My symptoms are slowly disappearing and I am gradually becoming more like my old self again - and especially in mental ability.

 I wonder how many years I would have had to suffer from the condition if I had been able to continue the treatment without interruption? I normally do not like to share this much personal information online because it often becomes fodder for ridicule. But I am excited about my improving condition and I felt I owed folks an explanation as to why I haven't been as productive in the last couple of years as I once was. I believe that is now changing.

 Again, if there are products that I owe you, and even if you have contacted me in the past about it, please use the contact form on this page and I will make it right with you as quickly as I can.

 - John