In Dr. Brey's editor's letter from the June/July 2011 issue (“It Takes a Team”) she asked people to share their experiences putting together a health-care team. My experience began with sudden vision changes. Right away I contacted my ophthalmologist. He recruited a specialist, who confirmed the diagnosis of a stroke of the optic nerve. We made a collective decision to experiment with using dilating drops on a daily basis.
Next, I contacted the Health & Learning Center at my local hospital. They offered to pull up clinical trials specific to my condition.
Then I brought my cardiologist on board. He ordered a test showing my lipoprotein-a level was staggeringly high and prescribed medication to lower it.
My next appointment was with a stroke specialist, who confirmed there was no bleeding in the brain. Finally, a sleep specialist determined that sleep apnea may have played a role in the stroke.
My internist emphasized the importance of giving medical power of attorney to someone I trust. I chose one of my daughters.
It helps put my mind at ease knowing I have this health care team behind me and that I have brought my family into the process as well.