For those with serious illness, help comes through some degree of healing. For an amputee, healing may be a prosthetic device. For some conditions, help may be a partial healing or a relief of symptoms, even if only temporary. The word salvation literally means “healing,” or “wholeness.”

Our son Rob had viral encephalitis as an infant. He began showing serious symptoms in his early 20s that were mis-diagnosed as sleep apnea. The diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) led us to the Mayo Clinic in 2013 for a week of tests at their Rochester, Minnesota campus.

Little was known then about POTS. Rob puts all his available energy into medical research. POTS is akin to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), the subject of a recent Freakonomics M.D. podcast with Dr. Bapu Jena, “Could Long Covid Help Treat Other Chronic Illnesses?

For those with ME/CFS, one answer to “From whence does your help come?” may be researchers like Ron Davis, who is interviewed by Jena. Public awareness (and funding) is up because Long Covid is causing an exponential growth of sufferers with symptoms like Rob’s.

Another story of perseverance is “The Secret Life of a Martha Graham Dancer with Heidi from Alabama,” (episode 54) available from The POTScast.

From “An update from Dr. Ron Davis: improving diagnostic tools for ME/CFS.” The Open Medicine Foundation, November 16, 2021

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