Trying to find the balance between transparency and too much information is a challenge for me.
I am very open and willing to share anything about my life when asked. But, I don't presume that my health issues are... interesting reading ( for lack of a better phrase) for those that take the time to visit here.
But in the last two weeks, I've had several inquiries by readers so I thought a little "get ya up to date" post might be helpful.
A litte history... I've never been a "sturdy" person.
As a child I've had issues with asthma which were made worse by a spontaneous pneumothorax (a hole in the lung). There is some scarring on my lungs and a few years ago my asthma (which had been quiet) flared up, so I take medication every day as maintenance. Breathing is a good thing!
In middle school I started having migraine headaches. There is a strong family history of migraines. Thankfully it appears only one of my children has problems with these types of headaches. Of course, I wish none of my children suffered with these, but I am grateful they don't affect all three.
In addition to three C-sections, I've had two other abdominal surgeries. I still have "tummy" trouble, but I manage the best I can.
My recent issues, which I refer to as "twitching," are... a mystery.
About a year and a half ago I started having involuntary movement. The episodes were months apart and I could usually pinpoint the start of one to accidentally bumping my head or having some other physical strain to my head and neck.
I thought it had something to do with bulging discs in my neck since I also had nerve pain, etc...
Ah, but it appears we are dealing with something else.
My flare ups have become more frequent and more intense.
When I am "twitching" it means that...
• I have difficulty walking, standing, or sitting without involuntary movement/jerking of my torso and limbs. Recently I have even started to twitch while lying down.
• I have difficulty speaking and sometimes swallowing.
• I have involuntary facial grimaces.
• I have severe muscle cramps and a twisting feeling especially in my legs.
• Simple things like feeding myself are exhausting and require a lot of concentration.
We don't have a "label" for it yet. We know I seem to have an absorption issue... meaning I don't do a great job of getting vitamins, minerals, and especially electrolytes from food into my bloodstream.
It might be a metabolic disorder... could be MS... it could be something else entirely.
Only time will tell.
The only thing I do know is that God has used this season of affliction to draw me even closer to Him and I have great peace.
I don't ask people to pray for healing... as I'm fond of saying,
"Why waste a perfectly good affliction by praying for healing?!"
I pray thanksgiving for His promised strength, sanctification, and endless supply of grace.
I pray praise for His Sovereignty, His Sufficiency, and for being Yahweh Shalom- the God of Peace.
I am grateful for a loving family, flexible/understanding children, and great caring friends.
I appreciate my goods days and try not to take them for granted.
But, am I excited about getting a new heavenly "body?" You betcha!
My "tent" has been through it's share of storms, but I know there are so many others that suffer so much more than I could ever imagine.
I hope this helps clarify some things.