Happy To Be Alive ... Thanks to Dr. Schaller
I have just been re-reading and going over some emails and thinking about my first encounter/meeting with Dr. Schaller. I have been extremely ill for the past five years. I have also had strange symptoms all my life I couldn't quite pin down. I was in graduate school from 2009-2012 and I'm not really sure how I made it through but I did. After school I knew it was time to try and find help.
I have been to every doctor in almost every field of expertise. I have been to naturopathics. One in particular that almost killed me. I kept telling them I thought I had Lyme disease. No one believed me. Not even my own family knew what to think.
I am a registered nurse with an advanced practice degree in anesthesia. My job was ranked second most stressful on an article I just read out of a business magazine only preceded by police officers/firefighters by 0.2 points. I walked out of work on June 11th and collapsed in my car not to go back to work for approximately 8-9 months. I told my dad I was dying and wrote goodbye letters to my family. I tried everything imaginable and I couldn't find someone to work with me and investigate or even believe what I was saying because I needed the proof on paper. I found Dr. James Schaller and my dad drove me 24 hours down to Naples, FL for a consult.
He was my last hope. Dr. Schaller stated to me I was his favorite kind of patient to work with. I sort of chuckled but I had a glimmer of hope. We began treatment immediately. I look back at my emails to him and I had an appt with him Nov 19th. I worked one day the week of Dec 12th. Now that was a victory after 6 months of being bedridden. I then continued tailored treatment for my case, showing I had Lyme, Babesia, bartonella, fl1953, hhv6, high load of the EBV and all kinds of abnormalities.
Finally. Someone who kept up with current research. I felt like I hit the jackpot. He didn't put me in a little box he treated me independently of all his other patients and due to my feedback we figured out a tailored plan of attack as we continue to do to this day. I interviewed for a part time job Jan '15 and started working part time in February.
I then continued my treatment and started full time work as a certified registered nurse anesthetist in April of this year and have been able to continue. I love to work and wake up every morning thankful I am able.
Without this man and God placing him in my life for a purpose I can only wonder, I would be dead. No question. He's worth every penny. The thing people don't understand when they complain about the money is that he would not be able to treat you the way he does if he did take insurance. He would be very limited in his care and quite frankly you would probably not get better. I recently got married June 20th to a wonderful man who is very supportive of me and my battles and past and we are looking forward to a wonderful future; a future I never thought was going to exist. I'm 32 years old and to have my life/love and career back due to better health was a dream come true. I never stop thanking God for what he is doing in my life and others to have orchestrated these past years.
Thanks to Dr Schaller for being so available and amicable to ideas and first and foremost listening to me. The patient will usually tell you what's wrong with them if you just listen and good doctors know that. You have a wonderful talent and thank you for all your hard work, strained eyes from your research and time you take away from your family so that I can have a life again. You are so appreciated by me and my whole family.
Thank you to Kim for always being available and helpful with paperwork and encouragement as well. Don't get me wrong I have hard days but I'm upright and working and contributing to society again and I am thankful to be alive. Looking forward to increased health over the years.
Celine Kilian, BSN, RN, CCRN, MSNA, CRNA