Welcome to Day 26 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge hosted by our daughter, C.C., at I’m On My Way
and her online BFF Jamee at A New Kind of Normal.
Today’s assignment is to post a blog post in which you think back to how you were 5 years ago and then post about how you have changed since then.
I couldn’t remember how I was 5 years ago, so I had to do some research. I think it’s because of what you’ll read below.
I checked my 2007 calendar. Yes, I save them in my cedar chest. I also checked my daily medication/journal sheet.
My father-in-law, Jim, was living with us at the time. We moved him here from Albuquerque some time after my mother-in-law passed away. He always treated me like a daughter rather than a daughter-in-law. He was a true blessing to me. He helped in so many ways. When I was still working he took care of a lot of the inside house chores. He took care of outside, too. He was the kind of person that had to have something to do all the time. Later when my health was really bad, he even did more. For awhile I was “addicted” to Cola Icee’s because they seemed to help with my major health issue. He would go to Subway at WalMart just down the road and buy not only 1, but often 2 large ones for me. If I was sleeping late, they would be waiting for me when I arose. He wouldn’t even let me pay for them. Later he got sick, and I became his primary care giver. He passed away here in our home while on hospice on Valentine’s night 2009. Thank You, Father, for such a loving and special man!
Also at this time, we were between pastorates, as Gary had resigned from a church here. We joined Hillcrest Baptist Church during the transition time. It was a blessing. Arlene, one of the co-teachers in our Sunday School Class became a dear friend. When I needed someone to drive me (because Gary’s Dad could no longer do it and I was on too many medications to drive out of town) to my out of town doctor appointments, she stepped up and did it most of the time. We had some wonderful expereinces on those road trips. Thank You, Father, for special friends like Arlene, and others who helped as well like the Crowley’s!
On this particular day, I was up and down from about 5:00-10:00 AM when I finally arose for the day. I had a terrible migraine that day as was very usual/normal for me. I was on all kinds of medication which wiped me out. More about that later. I didn’t get much accomplished according to my notes.
Now that I’ve alluded to poor health I suppose I should share a little bit about it. I won’t bore you with the whole story though. Suffice it to say that I inherited headaches which we now know are migraines from my Mother and even further back than that. They were getting worse while I was working at the funeral home (see prior blog post) and continued to worsen when I changed employment to working at the accounting office. I was highly encouraged to seek special medical attention which I finally did. I was diagnosed with Transformed Migraine/Daily Headache/Chronic Headache. I even went to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. It finally came to me having to quit work on my doctor’s advice. I think my employers were thrilled as they were very unhappy with me. Gary says I retired. Per social security, disability onset was January 2005 at the young age of 53 with social security entitlement July 2005. I’ve been on medicare since July 2007 at the age of 55. I was on a tremendous amount of medication which I really didn’t like. My doctor closed his private practice which just about devastated me. In the process of trying to find a new doctor, I had a neurologist basically tell me my prior doctor was a quack for having me on so much medication. He said I needed to get off it. I was REALLY devastated then! Well, God spoke to me, and I started taking myself off medications gradually. My primary care supported me and followed me through it. I’m THRILLED to say that I no longer take any of these medications on a daily basis. I do have 2 that I keep for dire emergencies, but I rarely take them. I feel so much better now than I did. PTL!!!! God is SO good! The only daily medication I’m on now is for Hypothyroidism, and I actually quit taking it, but my counts went out of range, so they put me back on it at a lower dose. I just had my TSH rechecked, and it’s fine, so I’m staying on the lower dose. I also have a Rx for eye drops that I use as needed.
As I just noted I do have a thyroid problem. In addition I have other health issues including Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Raynaud’s Phenomena, Schamberg’s Disease, etc., but I’m happy to say that I have a whole list of health issues that I no longer have as well including Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), high Triglycerides, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), Dyslipidemia, etc., etc., etc.
I do take quite a bit of Shaklee food supplements/vitamins/minerals. They are really helping. I really started taking more when I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis because I didn’t want to take the medications they wanted to put me on – too many side affects and expensive. Besides, I had already been on medication for many years because of Osteopenia which is the precurser to Osteoporosis. It didn’t help since I still got Osteoporosis. My primary care has been very supportive of this even though she admits she doesn’t know much about natural stuff.
I must say that Gary, my family, and several church congregations/families have been very supportive and helpful during all of this!!!!!!! Thank You, Father!!!!!!!
Now you know more about me than you probably care to know. Thank you for reading!
I tried to find a photo of myself at this time. The closet one I could find was Thanksgiving 11-22-2007 which really isn’t all that close, and they’re in group photos. I’m going to share one any way.
Gary and Beckey