My story is about my new family practice physician, Dr. Compton Kurtz. Before meeting him, I had an extreme trust issue with a previous doctor (not a Meriter employee), which left me with an extreme distaste for their services and ability to provide holistic health care.
Dr. Kurtz spent an unusually large amount of time with me during this first visit. He was reminded that he had another patient waiting for him. That did not detour him in completing my plan of care. This doctor was extremely thorough, straight forward and very caring. I knew during our visit that I was going to be lucky to have him treating me.
I am a recovering alcoholic and do not define myself that way. In fact, I feel extremely fortunate to have experienced a life both in and out of recovery. For me, it gave me a glimpse of what God has in store for me. In saying that, I felt that Dr. Kurtz viewed me in the same light. I never felt judged during my visit.
From head to toe, he addressed all the issues I had related to both medical and psychiatric problems. Due to moderate and severe back, hip, leg and neck pain, I explained to him that my quality of life was spiraling downward. I knew I needed to lose weight, but somehow I had become apathetic about it due to how I was feeling physically. After a lengthy discussion, he not only told me what I needed to do, but he gave me visual reasons why my pain was worsening. Finally, I felt this amazing hope that lifted me to a level in which I knew I was capable of making the changes that would result in some measure of pain reduction, quality of life improvements and personal satisfaction.
We set up physical therapy, which I was becoming apathetic about as well. Now feel it is a very important step in the right direction. Somehow his words began to make me realize that I had to become proactive no matter what the challenges were. He went into great detail about what building up my core muscles would do for my pain and overall health.
It didn’t stop there. He told me that my last lab results showed a major deficiency of Vitamin D. My other doctor failed to mention this. He explained that low Vitamin D levels may have been attributed to the reason that my side effects from statin drugs are so dramatic. Finally, I get to work on a healthier heart too. I went home and went online to research diseases related to Vitamin D deficits. What I found astonished me. Vitamin D deficiency can cause depression, skin disorders, hypertension, and many other things. All of the disorders I mentioned were happening to me. I chalked it up to old age. (Even though I’ve been a nurse for a number of years.)
He immediately started me off taking 50,000 units of Vitamin D every other day. In the near future, I hope to then be allowed to make substantial reductions in my cholesterol through statin drugs. Daily BP monitoring was the next goal. I will be reporting those results to him in my next visit 3 weeks from now. He ordered blood work for thyroid levels. Again, another measure that he goes the extra mile for his patients.
Following that, he reviewed my meds. I’ve been taking Vicodin 5/500 three times daily for more than 6 months. I was still waking up multiple times a night and usually feeling tired and weak. So, he offered me another solution until weight loss and physical therapy begin showing results. He put me on a Butran patch to be worn for 7 days at a time. The first night I went to sleep with that on, I slept soundly throughout the night. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A DECADE that I was able to get a good night sleep. I had come to believe that it was going to be the norm for a lifetime to never get 8 hours of sleep without waking in pain.
Of course there was so much more involved in this visit, but those were some of the highlights. Thank you Meriter for hiring this extremely knowledgeable and fine physician. This visit quite possibly is the beginning of a much better life for me.