One sure thing this disease has taught me….take control of your own health. So that is exactly what I did. Between my two primary doctors which are my family physician and my “infectious disease doctor” (or as I call him, my HIV doctor), I was feeling alone. I had chosen a family physician which regularly handled HIV patients. However, she was only working 2 days per week nowadays and simply wasn’t in the office enough for me to see her on a regular basis, so I was seen by other people. My illnesses would go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and I was becoming increasingly sick. And truly, I don’t blame the other doctors who missed my diagnosis. I understand that my situation is much different than the typical patient. I was often told that if I don’t improve, to contact my HIV doctor. While my HIV doctor was telling me that it was something the family physician could handle. I felt as though I was slipping through the cracks. I was so tired of having sickness after sickness and no one seemed to know what was wrong with me. So I took control of my own health. I found a new family physician. I’m very happy and actually feeling much better. She did some blood work that no one else had done and discovered that I was deficient on many vitamins. She also found that my allergies were a big cause of my problems. So with the help of some additional medications, I’m feeling much better. While I feel a little guilty for switching family physicians, because I truly loved the one I had. However, I had to do what was in my best interest, and that was to find a physician who was more readily available, yet still familiar with my diagnosis.
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