I do think my time with an LLMD was worth it, but I'm glad it's over.
I think that people who are ill and scared and suffering are very vulnerable.
Looking back on when I was finally diagnosed and became slowly aware of what had been happening...how far behind I now was...I was very anxious to try to make up the lost time...very dependent on the advice of those who were more experienced...those that had gone before. They told me I absolutely had
to see an "LLMD".
Now...I think that you can certainly say that you got better while under the care of an "LLMD"...but can you really, safely say that the care of the "LLMD" was the cause
of your getting better? I'm not at all sure that you can. No one individual can. All they can say is that I got better and here is what I did.
But what we are talking about now, here, really isn't that same, exact question.
The more direct question that we are talking about is whether you can get better WITHOUT
And the answer, there...is...yes.
I am living proof of that. And that sort of hauls all the other 'advice' into question, doesn't it? And I can answer that one, very definitely. Yes. It can be done. And like I say, for far, far less expense than what some of these reports indicate people are paying. (Or being outright gouged for. Depends on your perspective).
I can't say what the cause of my getting better was, either...but I KNOW
it was NOT from being treated by an "LLMD".
I am very
sorry to hear how very difficult things have been for you. I think this is part of why some of us get so...angry and frustrated with the lack of focus and misdirection of the self-proclaimed "leadership".
Instead of playing "footsie" under the table with the "LLMD"s who, by all conservative estimates, are grossing several million per year...why aren't they trying to help patients
deal with some of these issues? For godssakes...they even have the nerve to ask the patients who paid these guys' hideously inflated bills in the first place to turn around and then bail them out.
Why aren't they focused on research instead of politics and indulging their imaginary antitrust adventure/fantasies? Why aren't they just simply trying to help patients instead of cozying up to doctors all the damn time?
What do you think could have been done with just the $1,000,000 spent on Jones' endless soap opera defense? What about all the people who just some of those resources could have helped? Just to help pay their bills...even temporarily. The focus just isn't on the patient.
I guess that I sort of understand that there is some sort of half-witted, half-assed assumption, guess, value judgment, that access to these magical, mystical "LLMD"s is necessary if patients are to get better.
But the importance of what I am saying here...is that you can get better without them. And not windup broke. You don't need them.
So...if that's the underlying political judgment, assumption, that the leadership is basing their...whatever it is that they do...upon...
...it ain't right.
There were some things that happened to me, too, Cobby, that I would rather not dwell on in the past few years...and not all directly Lyme-related, either. A lot of "stuff" hit the fan. My Dad said that I was "being tested". Tested? For what
, exactly? I guess he meant well...but that sort of homespun, cracker barrel, folk wisdom sort of p***es me off, to tell you the truth. Too simplistic. By half. 'Bad stuff happens to good people, sometimes'. 'What don't kill you...makes you stronger', etc, etc...(I don't mean me, that I am a good person...I am a bad, BAD
Well, we are survivors
, though...ain't we? Can't take that away from us, huh?