12.08.2009 – My visit to Doc Bridge went well. He was kind enough to let me have the 1st slot of the day. That way the amount of petrochem-fragrance-propellant-colloid-emollient-binder reaction I have will only be enough to sideline me for a week. That in place of a month. Kind of him.
This was the first time in a month that I’d actually been ‘inside’ a foreign-air enclosure. To say I was a bit nervous is an understatement. People who don’t suffer from this condition dont’ get it. There are two (2) levels of discomfort with MCS:
- 1) anticipation (psychological response) – not the good kind either. You know you’re going to hurt, but if it’s unavoidable, your try to minimize, but you do it anyway.\
- 2) physiological response – you come into contact with chemicals that make you sick; whether you ingest it or it is absorbed through your skin; it makes you sick. And you know it’s going to do so.
Going out into the FragZone is scary.
The checkup when pretty much… normal. I told the same ‘story’ again for the umpteenth time and got the same response. “You’re in good health, except for this little unexplained element.” OK. Wow! I am now informed. “. \
I don’t actually blame Doc Bridge, he’s truly a good doctor; a caring and compassionate person. But, this is the same reaction or address I get from every person whom I’ve met in medicine. It’s how they handle being confronted with conditions for which they have: no-to-little training, is out of their field, or field-of-view, not in the AMA playbook. MCS is a major player in this ‘it’s a weird and unknown, probably all in your head, anyway, condition arena’.
There definitely needs to be more eduction. Please! Remove the barriers! Eveyone needs it.
NEW ISSUE: Maybe ?
Over the past couple of weeks (since just before Thanksgiving 2009) I’ve been noticing aches and pains, uncommon even for me. After on extensive online research and analysis – it ‘appeared’ these new manifestations could indicate the potential for late-stage Lyme infection.
So I asked Doc Bridge to please test for this condition.
The Lyme tests were run. Now I wait.
UPDATE: Lyme Tests were NEGATIVE. No presence of Lyme infection; now or ever. Good. I don’t have that malady to deal with. Bad, in that now I have to look for another source (other than MCS) for the cause of my current condition.
The search for a return to ‘normal’ continues…