Saturday, April 13, 2013

Inflammation... Answered Prayer?!

As I mentioned yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I awoke Wednesday morning with thoughts on my mind.  And, not just the song I wrote about, yesterday.

I felt like God had given me wisdom.  For sure, I won't truly know for quite a while, but it seems to me that what came to my mind, could only have come from Him.

It didn't really have any direct connection with the suggestion of me possibly experiencing a mesh problem, that may require surgery to remove.  Of course, as my surgeon told me, if I require this done, it would be major, major, major, major, major surgery. 

Instead, the thoughts I had were pertaining to another situation that has never truly been properly addressed.  Inflammation.

I realize that many people don't understand that some people have problems after surgery, with inflammation.  And, not just people with arthritic conditions.

When I awoke, after thinking about the song on my heart and mind, I thought about inflammation being a major problem.  After all, it has been, already.  And, long before having these last two (2) surgeries over the past few months.

As I've mentioned before here on LwL, I have a rare Rheumatoid arthritic condition called, Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).

After suffering injuries years ago, I was diagnosed with this condition, after almost losing my eye.  Yes, I had been blind for a while in my left eye, but I also was on the verge of actually losing my eye, on several occasions.

Why?  Due to inflammation. 

AS can affect not just joints, but can also affect a person's inner body, and organs, like eyes, heart, lungs, kidneys, etc.

On Wednesday, I awoke recalling the surgery I had a few years ago when I had a lens replacement done.  At the time, I was blind in that eye, due to side effects from all the drugs I had to use, over the years.

Prior to surgery, the eye specialist/surgeon had me taking increased dosages of the prednisone eye drops I had been using on a regular basis, for several years.  The dosage was increased to every hour, for several days prior to surgery. 

Afterwards, I had various other drugs, in addition to the continued eye drops I just mentioned.

Why?  He told me it was due to the fact that whenever anyone has surgery, it creates inflammation within the body.


Reviewing how my past two (2) surgeries took place, it came to me that there hadn't been time before either surgery to have me be able to take anything to aid my body in controlling inflammation.  And, afterwards, the surgeon never prescribed anything to help control it, either.

In fact, he has never even discussed the fact that my body has inflammation.  With the exception of telling me after I awoke from having the last surgery, that when he opened me up, he found a pocket of inflammation, that he had cleaned out.

Be still my heart.  Sigh...

I may not be a physician, but I do believe that God answered my prayer, and gave me wisdom, concerning my ongoing problem of not healing, and leaking body fluid and blood, on a fairly regular, yet intermittent basis.

Thinking about receiving wisdom that I had prayed for, brought to mind James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

That is exactly what I had done.  And, it was exactly what God did for me, in answer to my prayer.  At least, that's what I believe.

After thinking about this situation, I made a decision.  After we get the results of this next CT scan, when I see my surgeon/doctor, I will take him up on his previous offer.

I will ask him to do what he suggested in the past, and refer me for a second opinion, to London, Ontario.  And, I will also ask him to refer me to my daughter's rheumatologist in London, so that both specialists can work together with me, to try and decide if what I suspect is accurate.

Meanwhile, I will thank God for the wisdom I believe He graced me with.  I will praise Him for the encouragement.  And, I will pray that God will protect me from any negative health situations that could arise from having an inflammation problem.

Until next time...

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