The COVID 19 pandemic has been hard on so many of us. Frightening health outcomes, isolation, lockdowns, and measurable politico-socio-economic chaos make the headlines everywhere. Here is one feel good story that is a direct result of the pandemic.
Let me introduce Miss Elizabeth Costello. We call her Aunt Betsy. At 83 years old, she has seen a lot and come a long way. This is her health story.
Betsy was born in 1937, just after the Great Depression. She has lived in Wisconsin her whole life. Her father had a large garden, and Betsy grew up eating fresh vegetables every day. However, Wisconsin being “The Dairy State,” she was raised on lots of cow’s milk, cheese, and animal products. Her father also hunted for small game, and the family was happy with whatever they had to eat.
Betsy kept to her strict Wisconsin diet as she aged. She also put on a lot of extra weight. Along with that, she developed many of the typical American illnesses, including breast, uterine, and skin cancer, hypothyroidism, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, neuropathy in her hands and feet, type II diabetes, gout, arthritis, and high blood pressure. Pain, fatigue and brain fog have been her constant companions for the last ten years. As if that weren’t enough, she has also suffered from digestive problems that cause unpredictable loose stools. She has been taking 15 different medications daily for many years. She uses a wheelchair or motorized scooter to get from place to place. (read more…)