Sunday, September 3, 2017

# Contentment

Trials of Chronic Illness

Just when you think it's safe to do something normal, your body reminds you that you are chronically ill.  Since I'm off of my medicine that makes me feel sleepy all day, I've had more drive to be more physical.



Yesterday I ventured into the kitchen to make a huge meal.  We wanted to celebrate the first week of classes for my college student.  We had a terrific meal and time of fellowship, but I sure paid for it afterwards.  Severe pain in my back was the result of my efforts.  Sometimes the extra pain is worth it.

The worst part of being off of my Mast Cell medicines is that I'm reacting more and more to what I eat.  Feeling sick from nausea is a big problem.  Waking up in the middle of the night in an allergic reaction is scary.  Grabbing my Epi-Pen and sipping on some soda, hoping to see it pass has been my life, lately.

Extra pain and allergic reactions are now my new normal.  This has left me with many nights without sleep.  My tiny companion wakes up when I do and tries to comfort me while I'm sick.  I try to not wake up my family, unless it's absolutely necessary.  But, my dog always is by my side.  He's sweet.



When you have chronic illnesses that cause pain-somnia and anaphylaxis, it's very hard to find the balance between effective treatments and living.  It's a day-by-day lottery, and I don't often win.  Every day that I suffer, I try to analyze what went wrong, and look for a better plan.

The goal is to live as normal as possible with the least amount of suffering.  But, all treatments have consequences.  Now that my kidney shows damage, I've learned that the consequences can be life-altering and even life-threatening.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

6 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa, I've included your post on my regular feature Monday Magic - Inspiring Blogs for You! I am so sorry that you are having such a hard time - it is so tough when the doctors prescribe us drugs to help our symptoms, yet they have side effects that can be so damaaging. Hang on in there - your chronic buddies are with you, C x https://painpalsblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/monday-magic-inspiring-blogs-for-you-21/

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    1. Thank you, Claire! It's encouraging to know you and others are having similar problems :)

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  2. Lisa, you are in my prayers! I'm so sorry that you are suffering! My heart goes out to you!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers and encouragement :)

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  3. This inspiring post is a FAMILY feature on the October You're the STAR blog hop: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2017/10/youre-star-week3-family-october-2017.html
    Thanks
    Angie
    PS - I'm sorry to hear of your increasing difficulties.

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    1. Thank you so much!!!! I really appreciate this :)
      Lisa

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