1 PETER 5:7
A New Autoimmune Disease... And Lupus Rears It's Ugly Head!
With just a few blood tests and x-rays I was now diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. The pain in my cervical and lumbar spine was almost unbearable and I wasn't able to take the pain killers.
My legs would also give out and I would fall... my rheumatologist suggested I use a walker so that I would not fall and hurt my spine even more. I was young but I could not even think about more possible pain, so I got a walker.
A New Rheumatologist - A New Treatment Plan
I had a new rheumatologist and he had a plan and seemed to understand everything about my symptoms and he was able to answer all of my questions... He couldn't do any thing about all of them, but just knowing I wasn't losing my mind with so many different symptoms helped me!
He ordered new medications to help with my Lupus (SLE), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis & Psoriatic Arthritis.
One year later I developed Sjogrens another autoimmune disease that dries out your mouth, nose, throat... etc. I was told to use an over-the-counter medication called Biotene as an oral rinse to help with that and another prescription.
Some Things Never Change...
Some of the medications had side effects... but they do help. How do I know? Well, I stopped them for a while and I my symptoms got worse... so I knew the medications were doing more than I thought.
I've had only two hospitalizations in the past six years, in July 2016 it was for a very bad asthma attack. And in 2018 for a low oxygen level, when I was seeing my primary care doctor.
The doctors in those two hospitalizations just pumped me full of steroids and breathing treatment. I was even sent home with oxygen and told to watch my O2 levels. The steroids on the other hand... gave me the munchies, so my weight was steadily rising.
A Lot Of Things Did Change...
Once I got off the steroids, I was able to do more. I began by
riding my bike... I use to do 20 miles a day. Now I start off slowly every spring and work myself up to approximately 8-10 every other day.
I get frustrated when the symptoms are severe enough that I can't ride. There are times when the fatigue, asthma, and low oxygen leave me resting for several days. However, I've lost 60 pounds and over-all... I am doing much better.
The pain is always there, but the weight loss did help some.
I still have a little more weight to lose and overall I think that has been one of the things that has made a bigger change than even I realized it would do.
Healing or Remission... I BELIEVE!
I believe the Lord heard my original prayer for another child, and the ability to raise my children. Because after I was lifted out of that wheel chair (as told in Part 1) on January 1st, 1978... I conceived another son who was born on October 13, 1978. I was able to raise both my boys and only worked part-time when their dad could care for them.
I was completely free of symptoms until I turned 45 and yes I've been on the medications since then. I've had ups and down and every symptom you can think of with the Lupus (SLE), Psoriatic Arthritis, Sjogrens, RA, OA and asthma. I still am on oxygen when I need it also... but God has taken care of me all the while.
I pray that I will have a full healing or go into remission again still, as I've said, "I can live with the autoimmune diseases. But, I can't live without Jesus. He is everything to me and He helps me through my good days and He helps me when my days go haywire!"
BELOW: I Believe
Don & Judy