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Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing Paperback – January 29, 2015
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As a person with Lyme and coinfections, I love how Dr. Spector addresses the complex CDC testing issue: don't ignore the patient, their symptoms and use common sense. Even the CDC says that Lyme is a clinical diagnosis, so patients should not have to move mountains to find a doctor to appropriately treat late diagnosis Lyme disease. Health care providers are being forced to spend less and less time with patients, and relying more and more on test results, which can’t give them a clear clinical picture of what is going on.
I loved his poems, interspersed throughout the book, that describe the miracles and love that were occurring all around him. The search for meaning, when faced with chronic illness opens doors to our spiritual nature. Someone described aspects of this book as “quirky”. That comment reminds me of the quote by Nietzsche “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”. Dr. Spector heard the music of his soul and communicates it in a very powerful and uplifting way.
I’m going to buy several more copies, one for a friend that starts medical school in September. Another will be for the medical center director where I took my husband to the ER, when my son was inpatient recovering from surgery. The ER physician would not wait three minutes for me to return from my son’s room to let me be present when he tactlessly told my husband he had cancer. A third copy will go to my ‘fired’ medical group practice that diagnosed me with lymphoma, based on a CT scan, and overlooked the fever of 103 that I ran for 7 days while on antibiotics, never considering an infectious source for my illness. I count my blessings that I had a MVA when I had heart block from Lyme carditis, and needed bone surgery, requiring IV antibiotics, reversing my heart block early in the course of my infection. Thankfully, we’ve found very skilled and caring physicians, and received excellent care for cancer and Lyme.
Dr. Spector’s memoir stresses: never give up hope, follow your intuition and be here now. Learning through his experience is a lot easier than learning it through a broken heart.