Dr. Hans P. Haydon, Internal Medicine
You can’t help but be grateful to and humbled by the people in your life who are there to help you. Everyone I have encountered at ARC from the x-ray technicians to the receptionists to the doctors and nurses have played a great role in allowing me to maintain a satisfying lifestyle. ARC has been good to me.
Linda S. wants to “spread the good word” about Dr. Hans P. Haydon, ARC Internal Medicine, and the other “medical caregivers” at ARC who have allowed her to maintain a good quality of life even with her many serious medical issues. “Everyone I have encountered at ARC from the x-ray technicians to the receptionists to the doctors and nurses have played a great role in allowing me to maintain a satisfying lifestyle,” Linda says.
Linda was diagnosed with Lupus in 1986. Over the past twenty-four years she has also been diagnosed with raynaud’s syndrome, vasculitis, sceleroderma, acid reflux, diabetes, osteoporosis, anemia, tinnitus, and a leaky heart valve. With all of that, Linda says, “I cannot complain. Having Dr. Haydon, his nurses Jenny and Amanda, and his covering doctors, Dr. Michael Prete and Dr. Shelly Sethi, in my life is a blessing. They are like family members to me because of their wonderful care and concern.”
Linda relies on Dr. Haydon to help her monitor her health and track down causes and remedies for her symptoms. He stays on top of the latest, most innovative drugs for Linda’s conditions. “It is always complicated to figure out drug dosages and interactions,” Linda explains. When Dr. Haydon recommends a new drug, he closely monitors Linda, spending as much time as it takes to fine-tune dosages in order to maximize efficacy and minimize side effects.
“I like to try alternatives to drugs and Dr. Haydon works with me on that too,” Linda says. At one point, Linda tried noni juice to help her immune system. Dr. Haydon asked her for feedback and information about how it was working. “Years later, he heard about studies on noni juice at a medical conference and was excited to come back and tell me all about it,” Linda recalls.
In the 90’s Linda tried hyperbaric oxygen therapy for her sceleroderma, a condition that impedes blood circulation to the fingers and has resulted in several amputations of Linda’s fingertips. “Even though it was an experimental treatment, Dr. Haydon was very supportive and helped me get coverage through my medical insurance,” Linda says.
Linda remembers a time when she was taking about twenty prescription drugs a day. “I made it my goal to get off of as many as possible,” Linda says. “Dr. Haydon made it his goal to help me do that.” Now, through supplementation with “vitamins, minerals and herbs,” she has been able to cut back to about 6 prescription medicines a day.
Sometimes an ARC staff-member with a wheelchair has met Linda at the curb when she is having a lupus flare-up. “That’s amazing customer service and amazing care,” she says. “You can’t help but be grateful to and humbled by the people in your life who are there to help you. Austin Regional Clinic has been good to me.”