Joy writes: Just a quick update as to my health issues. Many know I have been struggling with the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) for a number of years, trying different medications to make the disease go into remission, suffering side effects with little to no positive results. Then last February I learned how to self inject my medication and this helped alleviate some of the nausea I had been experiencing when taking the same medication via pill form.
Yesterday I had an appointment at my Rheumatologist and I feel good with the diagnoses she gave me. She feels that my RA is mostly in remission and that the medication I am taking is doing what it is supposed to do. So I praise God for this. Though I still live in almost constant pain daily, she feels it is no longer from my RA, but the Osteoarthritis which has "made itself at home" in my RA damaged joints. (I remain on my RA medication which is working to protect my joints from further damage and I can keep the pain manageable with my pain medication).
The damaged joints can be protected but will not heal, so I may look into getting " finger joint support rings" to help alleviate some of the stress on the joints - when people insist on "shaking hands" LOL (yi-yi-yi- that is one thing I absolutely do not enjoy..."always explaining why I don't want to shake hands".....). So all in all I am plucking along and managing quite well. Thank you to all who pray for me, it is my life line, my security blanket, I couldn't do this without the power of prayer. As you pray for both Rick and I - remember Rick especially, he feels very much alone from Sunday evening 5:00 when I take my medication until Tuesday morning when I emerge out of my medication fog to start my week.
I have long ago accepted the fact that "this thorn is the flesh is not going away, but that His grace is sufficient for me"2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 and I am rejoicing in His faithfulness that "before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey His Word. God is good and what He does is good..His hands formed me and made me as I am, and I have put my hope in His word, because I know in His faithfulness He has afflicted me and in His unfailing love I take comfort. That's His promise to me, His servant." Psalms 119:66-76