Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Always Remember: Be Gentle

Always Remember to be gentle to the people around you. Stop yourself before you judge harshly. Everyone has a story behind their weaknesses and mistakes. When you open your heart and mind to this reality and remember that you too have a story to tell, you will find that you are far more gentle on your neighbor. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lupus Update

We finally went to the doctor today. I really dislike going to the doctor. It is rare that a test ever tells me anything and Lupus is so complicated it's just exhausting to try to talk to a general practitioner about it. Today we took a few big steps forward though.

My doctor agreed with the other doctor that I have been working with that yes, indeed, we are most likely dealing with Lupus even though the blood work isn't completely cooperating with the conclusion. But as my doc reminded us today, there are several tests that help determine Lupus and I have only had one of them done. They have decided not to do any of the other tests because the plan is for me to find a Rheumatologist in Missouri when I get there. It is always a little validating to have a second opinion who agrees with the first.

We decided to start me on medication for the Lupus. I've avoided this because of possible side effects. But I need to try to regain my strength. So I'm going to start a one month round of Prednisone tomorrow and I have been taking plaquenil for about a week. Prednisone is a steroid and should help within a week or less. The other medication is complicated and it might help within 4 to 6 months. The key word is help. This is what I hope for.

And finally, the doc wrote up an order for me to have an abdominal/pelvic CT scan done. Lupus is known for randomly attacking different organs of the body. In the beginning of this flare up I went in to the ER with severe pain in my upper left abdomen. The pain has subsided over time but hasn''t gone away completely. Yesterday I had to lay down because my insides felt so swollen. I felt pregnant. It's really bizarre! This is a pretty bad flare. Anyway, I went off of all anti inflammation meds for today and tonight and my scan is in the morning. It will be interesting to find out the results. I should have them by the end of the week.

So there's my update.:) Time to get the kids into bed. G' Night for now!

Always Remember: You Are Stronger Then You Think You Are

Always Remember that you are stronger then you think you are. There will be days in your life that you are unsure if you can go on even one more day. Go one more! And keep going, one step at a time. I promise that some how, some way, you will get through. I promise that one day when the sun starts to shine through the clouds you will look back and stand amazed at the strength that you have. The strength to overcome all that we face in this life is within our soul. We must allow the Savior to unlock it.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Always Remember: You Never Know What Tomorrow Will Bring

Always remember that we never know what tomorrow will bring. It could be the same day as the last six days ahead of it with nothing spectacular to note. Or, it could be the day that changes your life forever. Ultimately, it could very well be your last day on this earth. Always remember to cherish the life you have been given and to love the people who make it worth cherishing. 

This post will be the first in a series that I will be writing called Always Remember. This series will be dedicated to myself, my family, and to my friends. Always Remember that I cherish you!
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