Nope – Health Update

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Well here’s another update in my continuing health saga since getting the Flu back in December of 2019.

Had to return to the doctor a week and a half ago because you guessed it, bronchitis and sinus infection were still not gone. This time I knew I was going to have to change to a different antibiotic and for me, this is a scary thing. You see, back many years ago when my body starting freaking out because of contracting Lyme Disease, suddenly I had food allergies and medication allergies that I never had before. They’ve stayed with me all these twenty-five years.

I am on antibiotics a lot because of my RA. Most people believe that Rheumatoid Arthritis is just pain but it’s so much more than that. It can affect every organ and system in your body. Over the last four years or so I have stuck with Zithromax in liquid form because of my Achalasia . Check out the highlighted word to see what that is. I guess in December my body decided that it has had enough of that medication and it seems to have only partially worked. I am more than likely almost immune to it now and when that happens it means hunting for another that I can tolerate.

I chose Biaxin in liquid form because I remembered years ago I was on that for Lyme Disease and I didn’t seem to have an issue with it then but I also had to keep in mind, back then I was able to take it in pill form. I figured it doesn’t matter because my only concern is that I’m not allergic to it. Turns out by the grace of God I am not and I was able to take it. I was on for about five days and the side affects set in. The nausea was off the charts and lasted all day and night which I was dealing with because after all it was working. Next came the lousy taste in your mouth this medication seems to produce. That also stays with you and it makes everything you try and eat or drink taste funny but again, I dealt with it because I needed too.

Lastly came the abdominal pain. This is where I reached the end of my tolerance for this medication. I normally have a lot of abdominal pain and this just ramped it up one hundred fold. By day six ? I couldn’t handle the pain anymore and so I stopped it. For now, I seem to be better. I never realized what a strong medication that is so I am praying that all I needed was those five to six days but I guess we shall see. In the meantime I will research drug classes and see what else is out there that I can possibly tolerate.

That’s it for now. I will have a new post up soon.

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Health Update

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Hello again friends,

In this post I am bringing you my promised health update. I try to make my posts short and to the point but sometimes they can be a tad long so I hope you’ll grab your favorite drink, settle in and have a read.

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Worried

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Yes, that pretty much looks like I do right at the moment.  Just a quick back history for those who aren’t familiar. In April 2016 my husband suffered a heart attack. God decided it wasn’t his time yet and he came out of it pretty well. Fast forward a few months and my Mr began collecting fluid in his feet, ankles and lower legs. 

For almost a year we tried figuring this out. We ran almost every cardiac test you can run with the exception of a catherization because my Mr. didn’t want to undergo that again and honestly, I couldn’t blame him. All tests were showing fine. There was what we have been told a ‘minor’ issue with his heart but nothing dangerous and nothing to worry about. 

Just last month I “thought” we made a breakthrough. His water pill and blood thinner were removed from his medication regiment and suddenly the fluid went away. We could finally see his feet and ankles again.  I was incredibly relieved and incredibly grateful. 

Well, it seems to have been short lived only this time it’s not anywhere near as bad as it was. My husband is now collecting fluid again in his lower legs. Not in his feet yet nor his ankles just a small area in both lower legs with the right one being worse than the left. This is how it’s always been.

Two months ago his blood work showed a slight elevation in his kidney levels so I am going to call our family doctor on Monday to make an appointment and have the test run again. It amazes me that his problems all seem to have begun with the heart attack more than a year ago but we are told the heart attack did not cause any damage to the muscle. 

Once again, I am confused and feeling very worried. Scared actually.  My Mr is my whole world, my life and I have been full of fear and worry for over a year. Every time I think we are on the right track another softball is lobbed straight at my skull. 

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I know I need to trust in the Lord and believe me, I am trying. I am trying incredibly hard but the truth is I am scared and I am frustrated that I can’t seem to give this 100% to the Lord and know that He will take care of things. Again I ask you, please keep us in your prayers. 

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The Decision Is Made

My Decision

As most of my readers will remember, back in April of this year I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Some of you may also know I have been ill for the past 25 years but this is a new diagnoses to go along with many others. My options for treating this new diagnoses are the standard. Methotrexate injections, steroids, and other drugs. 

While I am well aware these drugs are life savers for a lot of people, at this moment in my life I am not willing to subject myself to them. I know some will think I am insane for even thinking this but the truth is, these medicines whilst I understand do help many also cause serious side affects in ones body.

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I have not seen my rheumatologist since April but am due to see him this coming week. Well, after a lot of prayer and soul searching and, after going over my test results I have come to this decision. Whilst I am in pain and I do have swelling in area’s of my body I also realize there are natural ways I may be able to help myself. Possibly through herbs, foods and changing some of my habits. Namely, kicking this sugar binge I have been on for months now. I can tell you this is a major problem for me and it is….making me sick. 

I feel the sickness a few moments after I eat a sugar filled cookie which by the way, I have been binging on for months. I feel the sickness in my body with each potato chip which I have also been binging on for many months. Why have I been eating these foods like they are going out of style? Because I can not swallow 98% of solid foods and I am skinny so, when I find something I can get down I latch on like a german shepherd in heat and don’t let go. The official diagnosis for this is called Dysphagia. 

I have decided that with trusting in God completely and spending a lot more time with Him in prayer, attending Mass again, receiving the Blessed Sacraments and spending time in Adoration,  it is time for me to take the chance and try and introduce good foods into my body even if they have to be pureed. I have to see if I can swallow them (pray I don’t choke) and I have to see if I will be able to digest them. For many years I have seen stomach doctors and always no answers and no real options besides more drugs that may or may not help. I believe, after talking with God, A LOT, it is time I started trying to heal myself with His help. 

In the coming months and weeks I will be scarce on social media with the exception of my blog as I try and learn ways to help and heal myself and I pray and hope to share all this with you here on my blog. I hope you will join me and I ask you to please pray for me. 

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