I’m very thankful that we have a good doctor. True, she is an N.D. not an M.D., Those initials don’t make her any less of a doctor. She has helped our family through various illnesses in a knowledgeable and compassionate manner. Recently I saw her again for myself and afterwards was reflecting on how thankful I am for the care she gives us. I wrote this letter to express why we go to a naturopathic doctor and why I appreciate her.
Dear Dr. Doran,
For some reason I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much you have helped our family. I thank God for my friend suggesting I take one of my children to see you so many years ago.
I’ve always been the crunchy one in our family. I can remember way back when I was eleven reading a book about natural living and being totally sold on the idea to the point of giving up certain drinks and foods.
I never really knew much about alternative medicine though until as a teenager I had friends who used midwives for their pregnancies and births. I was a little scared at the thought but also curious. This same family did not vaccinate – another new thought for me. I started to read anything I could get about natural birth and vaccinations.
By the time I was pregnant with my first baby I knew I wanted to have a midwife, and we were blessed with a lovely team of midwives. I also knew I would breastfeed, and when my baby was three months old I went to my first La Leche meeting. Of course, that introduced me to a whole new world of baby wearing, co-sleeping, extended breastfeeding.
Then when our third baby was a toddler he developed eczema. Poor little guy. His body was covered 75-80% with eczema. He was such a happy little boy though and never complained. We knew that we did not want to go with steroid creams to treat the symptoms – we wanted to see him cured from the inside out.
I can’t remember how we met the naturopathic doctor that we took him too. I think a friend recommended him. Anyway, he put our son on a diet that eliminated dairy, white sugar and flour and three or four other things. As well, we had homeopathic remedies (by the way, I love that term because it means there is a solution to the problem not just a cover up for the symptoms) and an olive oil cream for relief. It wasn’t easy or always fun or fast, but gradually over the next six weeks his skin cleared. When we finally started reintroducing the eliminated foods the eczema never came back. He was healed!
A few years later our oldest daughter was having some health issues, and a friend recommended that I take her to you. That was six or seven years ago. Even when we moved an hour and a half away we still drove back to you because I appreciated the care you gave our family.
I remember while we were living so far away that my baby was very ill for a week. You took several phone calls from me. Your information was always a help – unlike the hospital where I was told to stop nursing him because my breast milk was (they said) making him sicker!!!
Most recently I have been so thankful for your support through the whooping cough that our children all suffered with last fall. I knew they were very sick especially our two youngest. On your advice, we asked two different doctors to check them for whooping cough, and they blew off our concerns. Finally, after another visit to a doctor and a second emergency room visit someone realized our two little boys were very sick with (surprise, surprise) whooping cough.
Not only was the hospital upset that our children had not been vaccinated, they also told me (once again) that my breast milk was making my baby sicker and we needed to wean NOW (If that was true, why was my baby less sick than my preschooler who was not nursing? Just asking.) They were also unhappy to learn that our primary “medical” caregiver was a naturopathic doctor.
Thank you for your support through that horrible time and since. You called me a couple of days after we got home from our hospital stay. It was such a relief to talk to someone who didn’t see me as a bad mom, someone who (as the doctors and nurses seemed to think) made silly decisions about my children’s health care with no thought to the consequences.
Sometimes I feel badly that the only times we see each other I’m reeling off a list of complaints about my health or my children’s. You never make me feel like a whiner though. You thoughtfully care for my family’s health needs taking into consideration the remedies and health actions that we are comfortable with and those we are not.
I appreciate the time you spend talking with us – we’re never made to feel like we need to move along with only half of our questions asked because you have a waiting room full of double-booked patients to see.
Now we’re getting ready to move again. It will at least double our travel time to see you, but seeing you for our health needs is one thing that won’t change in all the things that will change for us in the next couple of months.
Thank you for your thoughtful care of our family, and the encouragement you have been over and over again to me as I strive to seek what is best for the health of our family.
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