I started sharing a part of my story the end of January. Then my computer got sick and I was out of town two different times. I am now trying to wrap it up. You can read parts 1, 2 and 3 here.
I was devastated after I the infectious disease doctor said she’d never had a patient still have headaches 2 months after being sick. And the neurologist able to see me in 5 months??? I was so sad that afternoon.
It dawned on my later that the infections disease doctor might not see the patients after they leave the hospital. She had not wanted to see me after I left the hospital, so maybe she didn’t see most of her patients outside the hospital.
Maybe…just maybe she would not know if they still had headaches or not.
I’d done enough research to know that the headaches can linger. For a VERY. LONG. TIME.
I finally called the neurologist’s office back and took that appointment that was 5 months away.
Then I called every other day. EVERY. OTHER. DAY and talked to with the person answering the phone. I would explain my situation and see if there was a cancellation.
After 3 weeks, someone took pity on me and found an opening in December. Only 6 weeks or so to wait.
I could see the headache specialist in 6 weeks. I said a thank you prayer right away.
When I went for that appointment I was truly impressed with the thorough examination that the doctor. She asked so many questions.
She asked about what I ate. What I drank. How I slept. Was I under stress? Where did my head hurt.
I told her that I’d been using some essential oils on the back of my head and it seemed to make a difference. She asked me where I put the oils and what oils I used. She told me that they would help.
Then she asked if I was willing to try acupuncture. She had an acupuncturist she recommended and frankly, I was willing to try anything.
She told me to start tracking my headaches and told me about an app I could download. She gave me a list of foods that I was to not eat for 4 weeks (including chocolate). She gave me some other do’s and don’ts.
There are many more details, but let me get to the point.
People…the oils and the acupuncture WORKED. I scheduled an acupuncture treatment for the next week.
After one treatment I woke up without the relentless pressure in the back of my head that I had been having EVERY DAY since September. I was far from head ache free, but it was getting better. And fast!
The biggest surprise was that the doctor did not suggest pills. She said to give the acupuncture a try and continue with the oils and massage therapy that I was doing. She wanted to see me in two months and sooner if my headaches didn’t improve or I felt I needed to come in earlier.
If these options didn’t work, then we could talk about taking some pills.
I was THRILLED to not have to take medicine.
I was SURPRISED that she suggested acupuncture AND that she said the essential oils could make a difference. Because I wondered at times if I was imagining it.
Imagining that they were helping. I was desperate for something to help my head…maybe I was making it up.
The “cure” did not take the traditional path.
The “cure” for my headaches did not look like I thought it would look.
The “cure” involved trying something new. Something I’d never tried before.
And it worked.
There are many things in life that do not take the traditional path. Things do not work out like we plan or think they should.
But in the end they work.
His plan doesn’t always look like we envision it.
His plan takes twists and turns and goes up and down and eventually, if we let him lead, we get to where he wants us to go.
When I went back to the doctor in early February I’d had less than 10 headaches in January and just a few in February.
I am still not headache free 100% of the time, but I am so much better. In January, I was given additional job responsibilities that are have caused some additional stress. So, I have had a few more headaches lately, but I am working on letting go.
Remembering that the path I envision, isn’t necessarily the path that He planned.
A lesson that I have to re-learn almost every day!
I’ll share more about essential oils and how I am LOVING them in another post, but if you want to learn more now, then e-mail me or leave a comment letting me know how to get in touch with you and I’ll get in touch with you.
In the meantime, remember…the cure for my headaches was not traditional. The cure was different, yet perfect for me.
There are times in life that the different is the best. Don’t be afraid to try something different. To experience new things.
To learn…you never know what is at the end of the road…or the top of the stairs!