Today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry will be a little different than normal.
It won't be about me and my life, and how God helps me, daily. It will be focused on my daughter P.
If you've read LwL for a while now, or if you know me personally, or if you are a Facebook (FB) friend of mine, you'll be aware that my daughter P has Lupus. She's had it for many years, now.
Before I begin the information discussion, I must let you know that I have been told that in order to have Lupus, a person must be Rheumatoid Arthritic. And, P is Rheumatoid Arthritic. You may or may not read about this on any sites you find online, depending upon how much information they publish.
Here is a link to Mayo Clinic, for you to read and research about the autoimmune disease, Lupus: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lupus/basics/definition/CON-20019676.
Of course, if you don't want to check it out on-line, you can just read what I have to say about what Lupus is, and how it affects someone's body.
For starters, I've been told that there are several types of Lupus. Some are not life-threatening. Some are.
This means that not everyone faces the same life-threatening condition, even if it is called by the same name.
Unfortunately, P has one of the life-threatening types of Lupus. Forgive me, that I cannot recall what the name is.
However, when she was first diagnosed, she was told that many people with the type of Lupus she has, only live between 9 - 12 years, after being diagnosed. This was about 10 years ago.
You may be wondering how Lupus affects someone's body.
Well, any healthy person who gets a virus or becomes ill with infection, etc., their antibodies wake up. They come to life, to fight off the virus, or infection, etc. And, after they've won the battle and the person has overcome the virus, or infection, etc., those antibodies go to sleep. And, remain dormant until they are needed, again.
However, someone with Lupus, those antibodies work differently. Instead of winning the fight and going back to sleep until needed again, they stay awake... alert... and continue fighting. Instead of fighting an enemy, they fight off healthy tissue.
Lupus can affect any organ in the body, since their antibodies attack them. Unless of course, the Lupus goes into remission, and stops attacking their body.
Throughout 2013, P was burdened with stress. All kinds of stress. I won't discuss it, here online.
However, anyone who knows anything about autoimmune diseases, like Lupus, MS, AS (like I have), and others, knows that stress can affect your immune system. I may not be a doctor, but I believe that the stress she's been under has contributed to the flare-up that she is dealing with, now.
A few months ago, P broke out with skin symptoms that she has never truly had in the past. At least, not that I've been aware of.
After a rather stressful incident around Christmas time, those sores became lesions. And, instead of having only a few, she has many more, now.
Yesterday, she went to the Emergency Room (ER) at the hospital. In addition to the lesion problem, she was having trouble breathing, and felt like her chest was being crushed.
Several hours later, and after having testing done, she was released and went home.
Apparently, they gave her something to relax her, and some pain medication, that helped ease the breathing problem. Hallelujah!
However, she was told that she needed to see her Rheumatologist, as soon as possible. They confirmed that the lesions were confirmation that her body was experiencing a flare-up from the Lupus.
Her Rheumatologist is in London, Ontario; about a two and a half (2 1/2) hour drive from here.
Since she already has an appointment within less than two (2) weeks from now, there's very little chance that she'll be able to receive an earlier appointment. So, I will just continue to pray for her.
And, I will ask you to pray for P, also.
Please realize that there are times when I do not know what to pray for. There are issues like this one with P, that can be overwhelming.
Ultimately, it is God's will that is done. Not always mine. So, I sometimes ask the Holy Spirit, to intercede for me.
Just as God told us about, in Romans 8:26, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
As I've said in the past, I praise God the Father, for creating our plan of redemption.
I am thankful that Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour, fulfilled God's plan of redemption for us, by coming to earth in the form of man, suffering physically, and dying on the cross at Calvary, to pay the price of my sin, yours and indeed the whole world's... of all who will believe upon Him.
And, I am truly grateful that Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit, to give us wisdom, guide us, and intercede for us in prayer, with groanings which cannot be uttered, when we do not know what to pray for.
Hallelujah! Thank You, Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord. Thank You, Father.
The thing I know I must pray for, is that it is God's will to place P's Lupus back into remission... and/or totally heal her. I also pray for physical (concerning pain), emotional and stress relief for her.
The rest, I will leave up to the Holy Spirit, for I know He knows what to pray for on our behalf.
Once again, I ask you to join me in prayer, for my daughter, P.
I thank you, my friend.
May God bless you.
Until next time...
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