Thursday, June 28, 2012

For Us?!

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time, you'll know that I not only am partially-disabled, due to injuries from long ago, but I also have Fibromyalgia (FM) and a rare form of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).

What some people don't know about me, is that many years ago, an Orthopedic Specialist ordered a series of three (3) Cortisone Blocks (CB) to be done on me to help bring down the massive inflammation in my back; each a week apart.  At this time, it was not yet known that I had AS, but it was soon to be determined.

At this time, I will not go into detail about how sick I was after each treatment, but I will say that after the last treatment, my eye swelled and I was blind for several weeks.  In fact, I almost lost my eye.

Since then, I've had repeated flare-ups that brought on dangerous times for my eye.  Not just for my vision, but truly for my eye.

Having Iritis, a sub-condition of AS, has been a real trial in my life. When inflammation rises, the Iritis brings on Glaucoma; Secondary Glaucoma, actually.  Here is a LINK for more information, if you'd like to read about it.

Yes, it seems one condition leads to another, and another.

Even when the inflammation has been under control, there have been times when a flare-up occurred without any warning.  Like one time, when Gordon and I flew out west in USA. 

Within a few hours of arriving, my eye flared up, and we had to forget staying on our trip.  We had to buy last minute airfare to fly home, so I could see my eye specialist.

I'm thankful that Gordon was still alive, when I had eye surgery in London, Ontario.  The surgeon not only gave me a lens transplant, but tried to correct some of the damage to my eye, caused by not just the eye condition, but also the drugs meant to help. 

God knew that I couldn't have gotten through that without Gordon and Him.  There I go again, feeling some grief.  Oh well, life goes on.

When I think about how much I've been through, I cannot help but thank God.  Where would I be without Him? 

This brought to mind Romans 8:31, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Life is hard, but God is good. 

People can hurt us.  And will, from time to time.  But, God is always for us.  When we have become one of His children, he only has our best interest at heart.  For this, I am truly thankful.

Until next time...

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