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She’s been watching out for me for 9 years, and counting

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December 19, 2003.  I was sitting in the Honolulu airport departure lounge, on my way back home to see my family.  It had been a year since I had last been home, and as excited as I was to be doing that (I love my family), I was more nervous than anything.  That night was the first time I ever talked to Chey on the phone, as I was waiting for my plane to arrive.

By the time I got back to Hawaii and did a short underway, it was my birthday and Chey and I were e-mailing, texting and talking regularly.  My boat had to leave in mid-march for a few months at sea, but it was my turn to stay behind and attend some schools.  With time between schools, Chey was able to come out and spend two weeks in Hawaii with me, having never met me before in person.  She was taking a huge risk on me, but as she’ll say, the moment she first saw me after stepping off the airplane she knew everything was going to be alright.  We had a blast those two weeks, half of the time with her little brother Matt along with us.  We got to see all the sights on Oahu, and really hit it off spectacularly.

She had to get back to Wisconsin for work, and my boat would be returning soon.  However, on a crazy whim, I flew up to meet her family in Watertown the weekend before my boat arrived.  At that point we both knew we needed to do something drastic if we were going to make this work.  I couldn’t just walk out on the Navy, so Chey sold her car and most of her stuff, said goodbye to a great job and great friends and hopped on a plane to Hawaii.

On June 30th, 2004 she moved in with me to the apartment I had just gotten a week before, after I picked her up in the car I had also bought just the week before.  We had a whirlwind of a year after that, with my little sister staying with us for a while, my famliy visiting and us exchanging rings over Thanksgiving that year.

By the summer of 2005, we knew I had a deployment coming up, so in order to make things easier and safer for Chey, we decided to go ahead and make it official.  I didn’t tell my family about it till afterwards (word of advice, not my wisest decision), but we were married on June 30th, 2005.   It’s been quite the road since then, and I couldn’t have done almost any of it without her there to encourage, comfort, and motivate me.  Thanks for hanging in there with me Chey, and here’s to another 100 years or so.  Love ya!

 

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Shaken faith in our medical system.

So Chey was looking around for a new doctor.  She went online to her insurance company’s website, and looked for the doctor nearest to us that was associated with her insurance.  She found a guy close to home here in Edgewater, and made an appointment.  So far, so good.

She started feeling a bit uneasy when she entered the office though.  There was a lot of religious stuff around. 
You know, bible quotes on the wall, a bible laying on the table, that kind of thing.  Before you get all up in arms, yes, I know there are plenty of good doctors out there who are also religious.  I’d just prefer that my doctor not rely on miracles to keep me healthy.  But, this was only the tip of the iceberg.

Chey went back into the exam room, waiting for the doctor to show up.  He walks in the room, and with barely a glance at Chey, starts writing a prescription for M2HCG. Ok, never heard of this stuff.  Well, he says that you put three drops of this stuff under your tongue everyday, and you will lose 100 pounds in a month.  One hundred pounds.  In a month.  Oh, and to make this work, the patient must also stick to a diet of less than 500 calories a day of mostly raw vegetables.  Now the bullshit alarms are really going off.  Chey says loosing that much weight that fast sounds unhealthy.  This guy assures her that it works, and offers some testimonials of others who have tried this stuff.  Testimonials, not medical studies.  Red flag number 3.   

Well, he writes Chey a prescription for this M2HCG stuff.  Chey also asked for some sleeping pills, as she’s had a hard time falling asleep lately.  After a speech about how he’s not a drug dealer, he gives Chey a prescription for that as well.  Chey leaves with a form to go get some blood work done at a lab as well.

After we both got home from work that evening, we did some poking around on the ol’ internet.  There are some skeptic sites that I check regularly, including a few concerning medical woo.  It turns out this HCG drops stuff is actually a homeopathic “remedy”.  Wikipedia has a pretty good explanation of what homeopathy is, but basically it’s a belief that extremely dilute concentrations of active substances can cure symptoms caused by those substances.  If arsenic makes you sick, a homeopath will proscribe you arsenic, but diluted so many times with water that there is no remaining arsenic in the “remedy” he gives you.  It’s medical woo of the highest order. 

And it turns out that the FDA regards the use of HCG in homeopathic remedies for weight-loss to be fraudulent, according to this article in USAToday.  Apparently, because no one is actually harmed from taking this stuff (its plain water after all) the FDA hasn’t put much in the way of resources into tracking down these criminals. 

But WTF is an M.D. doing prescribing this shit?  What can you do when you come across something like this?  I mean it’s one thing to read about stories like this on the internet, but this is my wife here.  This quack is just down the road from my house.  How many people rely on this wacko for health advice and treatment, when he’s selling them a load of BS?  Has anyone else come across this kind of stupidity out there? Should we actually try to do something about this?  I mean he hasn’t hurt us in any way, but it just seems wrong.

In happier news, Chey then went instead to the doctor’s office I use.  She had a nice sit down with an RN and a PA, got her questions answered, and was given the help she was looking for.  Like actual medical advice, not superstitious nonsense.

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