Feeling Better, Doing Better

It’s been almost a year since my illness. I’m doing much better. I wanted to do another status report.

So in mid-April 2011, I came home from work and I felt like the carpet had been pulled out from under me. A few days later, friends carried me out of the house so I could go to the doctor’s office. I didn’t walk for 4 or 5 days. I could hardly move. I was in so much pain, I wondered if I had reached my expiration date.

I missed three weeks of work. That was especially hard because I had no sick leave. Finally, my rheumatologist convinced me to take Prednisone, a steroid. That night, after taking the first dose, I broke out in a sweat and when I woke up, the whole bed was wet, as if someone had poured a bucket of water over me. I was able to return to work that day.

I was on Prednisone for about 10 months, off and on, mostly on. It is a scary drug but I depended on it just to get along, just to function, just to keep my face from looking like something you’d see in a morgue. About six weeks ago, I started coming off of the drug, slowly decreasing the dosage by a half pill a week. I have been off of it since last week without major side effects.

But there are some minor side effects that I think have been suppressed for months. Like my skin. I itch all over, not from a rash but from what seems like something excreting from my skin. I use a skin brush when I shower. It helps a lot, I think, to open pores and to get the debris off my skin. A skin brush takes some getting used to. But it really helps.

I have put back on about half the weight I lost (I originally lost 30 pounds when I was sick). I am still on a diet of mostly vegetables, nuts, berries and seeds. But I do eat a little chicken from time to time, and some sweets. For example, on Valentine’s Day, I had a raspberry truffle and a few other delicious non-essentials. But I have to be very careful what I eat. For the rest of my life.

Physical exercise is also a big help. I work out regularly (except for this week; we have had all the grandkids here with us). The more I sweat at the gym, the better I feel—and sleep! After I have a good aerobic exercise, I will sleep through the night for two or three nights in a row. 

One more thing: I just changed jobs this week, too, which restored us to the income level we were at 11 years ago when my wife had a serious illness. I feel like we are getting back on track after a pretty stressful decade.

I am very grateful for our blessings. We can tell that we are being watched over. We always have been, even in the midst of our deepest trials.

One thought on “Feeling Better, Doing Better

  1. Rich Alger February 20, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the update. i am glad to hear you are improving so much.


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