Sundog –noun 1. parhelion. 2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

and the march continues on…

Have I mentioned that I love my doctor?

I had an appointment with Dr. Buscher this morning, by phone because of the great difficulty in personally seeing him. It was time to check-in with him as to our last six months and go over what testing Jeremy and I should have before seeing him in person this summer.

It was exciting to have a lot to tell him about and the whole appointment helped put the last six months into perspective for me. The last two months have left me feeling pretty lousy at times because of all the allergy and sinus troubles, along with Jeremy’s candida treatments causing a lot of MCS troubles for both of us.

Talking to Dr. Buscher today helped me to see that we have been incredibly busy on improving our health these last six months and that we have actually seen a lot of improvements from it all.

It can be difficult at times to set aside a few months of feeling worse and realize that there have been a lot of abnormal circumstances, one after another, which has been greatly influencing our health. Having Dr. Buscher ask a few key questions along the way helped to remind me that prior to all this odd stuff going on for us, we really were seeing substantial improvements.

Our MCS reactions had been getting noticeably less and our energy had been improving. I was feeling much less brain fog, enough such that I was looking forwards to having our car fixed and renewing my driver’s license.

Most people do not know this, but I had even begun trying to find us housing that would be safe for us and on our budget. I had one very possible lead with a man who owned an organic farm and wanted to talk with me about some housing he could offer.

Then allergy season hit weeks early, my health dropped quickly and we had to go right back into survival mode because there was no other option. Driving, moving indoors, or anything of that nature had again been pulled out of our reach.

Remembering the improvements we had made, albeit briefly, helps to renew my faith that we are on the right path and doing the right things. We just need time to recover from all that has happened these last two months and then I have little doubt that we will be seeing big improvements once again.

As for my doctor appointment this morning, Dr. Buscher sounded enthusiastic about the changes we have made on our own since last seeing him – the largest having gone paleo. He approved of the tweaks I have made/will make on my own to our supplements – our increased fish oil, beginning some iodine, changing up the type of magnesium we take, calcium, and doing our vitamin b12 shots every three days instead of 1-2x’s a week.

He also gave me the reassurance I needed to hear that my thinking had been sound in not supplementing with thyroid medication after we had a large reaction to it the first day we tried it and instead waiting to see how our thyroid changed on its own after we got our diet and supplements changed up.

We will be retesting our levels of vitamin D, hormones, thyroid, and a new one – vitamin K. Jeremy and I will also be finishing up with an amino acid panel from last year. I’m curious to see how some of these numbers have changed with all that has been improved upon since last October.

Dr. Buscher is a wonderful doctor who is incredibly supportive. He really cares for his patients. This is very obvious in the questions he asks and the excitement he shares when hearing of improvements. Most people who have CFS, MCS, FM, PTSD or other odd illnesses know how rare it is to find a doctor who is supportive, caring, and knowledgeable. I am incredibly lucky to have found one and always enjoy my appointments with him.


10 responses

  1. Yaaay!!! I am so happy to hear this good report. Sounds like your dr. call was just what was needed to help regain perspective after the battles of allergy season.

    I believe that as you keep on keeping on, at some point you guys will break through and the mountain top will be right there under your feet instead of feeling such a long climb up. Your determination and creativity in how you approach your journey is inspiring. I am routing for you guys!


    April 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    • A lovely picture you paint Kimberly!

      Big hugs, Lisa

      April 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

  2. Marian Smartt

    Hi there,
    Great post…I have been doing a lot with changing supplements too. Also quit Thyroid. Expensive and didn’t seem to do anything. Using Fibro Freedom for pain, and it is helping. Available at

    So happy to hear how much better you were doing until a few weeks ago.

    I am hunkered down in bed most of the time. Had a horrible reaction to my Cardiac Cath and a femoral artery collagen plug they put in. I just have to ride out the reaction…can’t be safely removed UGH The doctor NEVER consulted me about putting a medical device in my body…others beware!

    Enjoy spring…minus the allergies that get us all.


    April 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    • I’m glad to hear from you Marian, I have been trying hard to remember to write and find out how you have been doing but this fog I am in these last few weeks is pretty intense.

      Wow, I’m really sorry to hear about what is going on. I just read your other comment too. A lounge outside watching the trees is exactly the medicine you need right now. 🙂

      It reminds me of a dream I had last night. Someone I used to know was telling me that I seem to be a calmer and more mindful person now. I agreed with them and remarked how all the recent time I had been spending in the woods had a good effect on me.

      I really hope you get doing better soon. You’re in my thoughts and hugs, Lisa

      April 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

  3. No wonder you’re worn out. Look at all your bodies have been doing. They have been VERY busy healing.

    You are making great headway. Never doubt it.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    • heh, you are totally right on that Jody and good point! 🙂

      Healing hugs, Lisa

      April 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

  4. jennifer

    hi again!

    i’m so happy to hear that you have found such solid, genuine, intelligent care from a doctor. its a big challenge for those of us with MCS.

    when i was at my sickest, i wrote many many top environmental illness specialists, asking for their help in exchange for writing skills. i was too sick to work, yet desperately needed medical help; so i had hoped some kind of barter, delayed payment or sliding scale would be possible. i included the centre down in Dallas; South Carolina; Halifax; and many others as well as Dr Buscher.

    Dr Buscher was the ONLY one to write back; the only one to show any compassion; and the only one willing to discuss options.

    its so important to have an educated ‘witness’ – someone who can reflect back to you all the progress you do make, on even the most tiny levels; to reinforce the strength and bravery of healing and wholing with MCS.

    c e l e b r a t e !


    May 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    • Nice to meet you Jennifer! 😀

      I’m happy to hear about your experience. I never thought of doing something like that and will have to keep it in mind!

      I hope you are doing well and come back again!

      Have a beautiful day, Lisa 🙂

      May 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm

  5. jennifer

    (i’ve been here before – i’m the woman who commented that she had lived in a tent on SaltSpring for a winter with her (also bearded) partner. so, now you know!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    • Well then! Happy to have you stop by and post again! 😀 hehe

      I tell ya, some days I envy Jeremy his beard and warm face but I just don’t think it would suit my features. lol 😀

      May 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

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