Dear Dr. of mine,
It’s been a long road to diagnosis. I was bit by a mosquito in India and when I arrived home from my 12 day trip, I was ill for a few days. I thought I was better and then I had a recurrence of fever, muscle aches, and other symptoms. Then I was better, and sick, and better. At times I felt I was losing my mind because I couldn’t believe that it was all related to the same initial illness.
After a few weeks where I believed several times that I was ‘over it’, I realized I needed to see a doctor and find out what was going on. After several doctors, 4 hospital visits, and many blood tests, I met a Tropical Disease Specialist, Dr. B. She is kind, brilliant, dedicated, and disciplined. She didn’t rush to a diagnosis and she didn’t take her time. It was a pleasure to watch her think and listen to her thought process. She listened to every word I said, asked a hundred questions, and mentioned that we couldn’t assume anything because it was important for her to take care of me.
It is easy to be impatient when waiting to know what is wrong. I wanted to be better, and to ask for anything that might help. And yet, I trusted her and knew she was doing the right thing being methodical, and detailed, and using the best analysis skills she has along with the science she studies.
She works 2 days a week in the clinic and I wondered why. Turns out she researches the other days because the world and tropical diseases are a changing landscape and if she doesn’t keep researching, she will not have relevant information for her patients. It’s amazing in life to meet people who are experts in their field.
Chikungunya – not a nice disease. But if I must have it, I’m happy to know Dr. B.
With great respect, workingtechmom