Where It All Begins

2:44 PM

I have mentioned in some posts how my health has been a difficulty for me. I have struggled with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and a host of other things with no answers. I have seen a few different doctors who all wanted to just put me on antidepressants and were not willing to explore anything past that. But after being married, the opportunity for healthcare has come thanks to being married to a marine. God has been watching out for me!

Today was my first long awaited doctor appointment with the military clinic.
Some background before I continue.

I was assigned a PCM and spent the month anxious to what kind of doctor I was going to be with. When you have Prime insurance coverage you are limited to those on base and once you're referred to a PCM she or he is the one who refers you to all other doctors.

God truly has been good to me. The new church we have been attending has a Parish nurse. She basically volunteers to help take care of the congregation. Most of them are elderly so they need someone to keep an eye on them and help them with their appointments. The pastor who I finished a good start of counseling with after about a month of seeing him, referred me to her. 

We had a meeting and she helped me prepare for my upcoming appointment as well as assessed my lifestyle and gave me some tips for different areas. She also has volunteered to take me to my appointments since we don't have a second car. 

This is truly so kind of her! Not only has she turned out to be a health coach and companion, but is becoming a fast friend. We really get along and have a lot of history in common. Including depression and anxiety background. I've also gotten along better with older women haha. I wonder what will happen when I'm their age!

Off track! Anyway, today I went to my first appointment with my Parish nurse friend. I at first was shocked by all the young men calling me back and asking information etc. but then I remembered that it was a marine clinic so there were ALOT of male nurses. They were nice though and patient as I tried to figure out what they were asking. 

I hadn't eaten anything all morning too (for labs) which I think contributed to my lethargy and lack of concentration. Very quickly the PCM came in smiling and warm. We talked about a lot of things. She asked questions and made efforts to understand me and get to know me as a person which was different from my past experiences. 

She then proceeded to tell me that I reminded her of her good friend who had a similar story of health. Where there was a dysfunctional past and her journey of meeting God, finding a church community, and also on the road to healing. The PCM said how she is inspired by stories like that and can see God's hand on my life too from my own story. I was all smiles with this doctor! 

Today she ordered a full chemistry lab work for me to test everything from vitamin levels to thyroid. This did result in me getting stuck twice because my veins were too small in the first arm! They filled up five vials of my blood. She assured me that she would continue to work with me till we find out what is going on. That she wanted to see me better. 

My favorite quote from her was, 

"You may be tiny physically, but you're very sweet, and have a large heart." 

That was such a thoughtful and kind thing for her to say. She also is referring me to some mental doctors which I will learn more of the details on later. The hope is to get me into a good counselor and to explore if I do need medication or not. If I have to be on medication, at least this doctor will have explored other options and gotten to know me before suggesting the M word. 

A doctor who listens is a tough find especially in the military healthcare world. I'm thankful to God for bringing me someone who puts me at ease and I feel I can trust. Soon my results will come back and we'll see what the next step is. I just finished eating something after the appointment. It was hard because it's been 12+ hours since I last ate, but I just finished. I think I'll go outside, take a walk, and absorb some vitamin D. :) Thank you for everyone who has been supportive and keeping me in their prayers. It means a lot.



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Rebekah

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  1. Excited to read more about your journey and how God is leading you through it. Don't stop writing!

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