I have cotton packed in my nose but I am smiling ear to ear in this picture because for the first time in over 25 years I know I am on the road to recovery!
If you missed last week’s post, I wrote about my upcoming trip to Atlanta to see Dr. Dennis, an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. He would be my final opinion before giving into sinus surgery number five. I know many of you sinus suffers have also had multiple sinus surgeries to no avail so you have been anxiously awaiting this post. So where do we go from here? I can’t wait to fill you in! But first I need to give you a quick back story. I debated whether to include this next piece of information but not to include it just felt wrong, because as I thought about the title of my site, Eat, Pray, Get well, I asked myself why did I bother to include the word “pray” if I didn’t intend on sharing my thoughts and experiences about where prayer fits in when you are battling a chronic illness. When I saw Dr. Dennis on Doug Kaufmann’s show Know the Cause I immediately recognized him as the doctor who performed my adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy back in 1999. What I neglected to mention was right after that segment I excitedly ran through the house to find my husband. I told him I needed to find an old prayer journal because there was something very important in there I needed to show him. After a little digging I found it. My entry from 10/22/1999 said this, “He is going to be the one to help you (Dr. Dennis), he will be the one to change your life”. Those are the words that came over me on that day in 1999 when I was praying about my health, but those words made no sense to me as Dr. Dennis had already performed my surgery and I was preparing to move out of state. How can he help me? Throughout the years as I struggled with my health and dealt with multiple surgeries that journal entry crossed my mind a time or two but I quickly dismissed it because I simply could not make sense of it. When I saw Dr. Dennis on KTC explaining his treatment protocol for fungal sinusitus I knew in my heart I was being led to go see him. I boarded a plane, journal in hand, and 16 years later I was sitting in his chair and he was indeed ….helping me.
I nervously shared my journal entry with him along with my past sinus issues. It was met with a gentle spirit and words confirming that I was exactly where I was supposed to be, under his care. After scoping my sinuses he said on a scale of one to ten the fungal/bacterial condition of my sinuses was a ten. My sinuses were filled aspergillus as well as staphylococcus and pseudomonas. He spent hours injecting amphotericin B and performing debridement of the sinus cavities. He was able to rid my sinuses of the fungus and infection outside of surgery. I believe God was with us that day as Dr. Dennis even had to fashion his own tool at one point to be able to gain access into one of my sinuses. He and his beautiful nurse Jeanette even said a prayer or two as they were working on me. Now that my sinuses are cleared my treatment will be more effective. I will begin taking Vancomycin and Fortaz for the bacterial infection and Amphotericin B through a nebulizer for the fungal infection as well as Lamisil orally, which is also an anti-fungal, and oxygen for two hours per day. In addition I will also follow Dr. Dennis’ treatment protocol which I have created links to at the bottom of this post. My treatment also includes Dr. Dennis’ Sinus Defense, citri drops (both orally and irrigation), Bentonite, vitamin b1, thymus, ultra clear plus, NAC (N-acetyl-L-Cysteine) and a calcium/magnesium/zinc complex. The majority of people with chronic sinusitis have a T cell deficiency making them 9,000 times more allergic to mold so it’s important you follow every recommendation to clear your sinuses and your environment of mold. Eliminating sugar from your diet is also a must.
This is probably the most important post I will ever write. It was an unforgettable day and as I waited in the airport for my return flight home I had hours to ponder over some deeper questions.
What did I learn from my experience with Dr. Dennis? That fungus is powerful and can do us great harm, but that the power of prayer is even more powerful. God had this meeting with Dr. Dennis lined up for me long before I had any understanding of what that journal entry meant. I also thought about the power of human compassion. In the 25 years I sought help from many different doctors only a few ever stopped and truly gave me their time. Dr. Dennis spent over two hours with me and he made it clear he wasn’t letting me leave until he knew he truly made a difference. I would imagine he even lost money that day as he had patients he didn’t get a chance to see. I asked myself the tough questions, if someone were needing my time and my knowledge would I display that same example of mercy and selflessness? I think before meeting Dr. Dennis I would have been ashamed by my answer but now I know the answer is yes. I feel like I am a better person for spending time with him and on the way home I found myself being kind to everyone I saw. Whether it be in the airport or out in the streets. We all need each other but we rarely take the time to extend ourselves and help. I don’t know about you but I want to be a Dr. Dennis in someones life. I want my life to matter and I want to make a difference. What would our world be like if not for selfless people like him? I also learned that God is always working in our lives and we need to pay attention because it’s so incredible we don’t want to miss it!
Click here to read Dr. Dennis’ body treatment protocol
Click here to read his environmental treatment protocol
Click here for Dr. Dennis’ Sinusitis wellness website – if you have chronic issues read and re-read this website in it’s entirety. Adhere to his recommendations to the tee and you WILL get better.