Welcome. This post is part of the WEGO Health National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM) challenge for November, 2012.
The best doctor’s appointment I ever had was when I was diagnosed with an unspecified inner ear disorder. The ENT doctor could not give me a specific diagnosis but I didn’t care.
I finally had a diagnosis from a specialist.
This meant that I legitimately had something wrong with me. My illness was no longer a mystery. While I rarely have vertigo, people understand the word dizzy and try to understand when I explain that I experience disequilibrium each day.
This meant that the people who didn’t believe me were proven wrong.
This meant that I was able to start moving on from the bitterness of people not believing me.
This meant that I could start finding some information on how to deal with the illness.
This meant that I was able to apply for disability with a specific diagnosis. I applied a few years before but lost because the doctors hadn’t discovered what was wrong with me at that point.
This meant that I was approved for disability. No one wants to reach a point where they have to live on disability but I’m very happy that such a program is in place.
This meant that my stress level went down considerably.
This meant that because I rent a room in a house and not an apartment, my rent is small enough that I can save money while still eating healthier.
This meant that I was able to get the internet.
This meant I was able to shop online for anything I could need without having to leave the house. A luxury for healthy people. A life saver for people with chronic illnesses who have a hard time shopping or needed others to always shop for them.
Ultimately, the best doctor’s appointment meant that I was able to get the ball rolling for me to apply and be approved for disability. Living on disability certainly has its challenges and is not how I thought I would be living. But, when your life changes so drastically due to a chronic illness, one doctor’s appointment can become the best one ever.