So I caved…and finally went to see a Chinese doctor.

I have to admit, I’m such a huge skeptic of Chinese medicine, but I figure at this point what do I have to lose…

I think I’m getting close to the end of the road with the antibiotics (as my recent liver enzymes being slightly elevated), and with this recent belly swelling I think my body can only take so much more.

So I figured I might as well try…and I was surprised that I really liked him. Liked him a lot more than I thought I would. Liked him so much I found myself throwing out my previous worries and getting on board to really dive in and go for it.

So here I go–fully committed :). I’m definitely going to give it my best shot.


Begin forwarded message:

From: teddyleigh
Date: December 8, 2012 8:59:25 PM PST
To: Dr. J
Subject: The herbs are definitely doing something…

Dr. J,

Thank you very much for spending so much time talking with me today. I really appreciated it.

After I left your office, I went straight to Trader Joe’s, and I’m currently making a chicken and vegetable soup as we speak (with lots of onion, garlic and ginger). No more raw food for me 🙂 Should I eat potato? I’m couldn’t remember…

Once the soup was on its way, I took my first dose of the herbs–I put a scope of them in decaf Green tea, and I have to say I really didn’t mind the taste.

Almost immediately I was struck by a slight stinging in my throat, similar to how Nystatin swish and swallow feels. Not long after (30 min?), I could definitely feel some of activity in my belly, and then about an hour later I could feel it working on my sinuses. Its too early for me to tell if this activity is good or bad, or how effective it will be given the extent of the disease but I have to admit I was surprised that I could already feel some pressure off my sinuses a little. That was surprising to me.

I’m going to try and lay off the antibiotics as much as possible, and I’ll recheck my liver enzymes on Monday to make sure these herbs aren’t putting it out of whack.

Again, thank you for taking so much time to hear my long story today, and I look forward to seeing you again next week.


About hopeforanswers

Some kind of rare immune deficiency, yet to be determined. A lifetime of infections without an elevated white cell blood or fever. Very grateful to be alive, very thankful for the friends who’ve supported me and for access to literally millions of dollars worth of medical care. I’m not the bubble child, I’m somewhere in between.
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