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A Stressful Time In My Life
by Mary Grace Patterson
Saturday, March 15, 2008
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An update on our health issues and lives. Dealing with Alzheimers and Lupus

My husband has been sick about six weeks. We saw four different doctors. Multitudes of tests were done, yet they couldn't find out what was wrong with him.

The chief complaints were, abdominal upset, aching joints, fatigue,pallor, weakness, fever, nights sweats, and weight loss. They thought he might have the new strain of flu.Different kinds of antibiotics were tried with no change in his condition. He lost over twenty pounds. I felt like he was slowly fading away, and was going to die. He was afraid and felt that way also. Finally one of the Doctors ordered some special tests and the results can back positive for Lupus. He has been started on prednisone. There was an immeadiate change in his condition and he's feeling better. He's slowly gaining strength and is able to eat and do a few things around the house. He will be seeing a specialist for Lupus and taking a different medication as he can't stay on prednisone too long because of its side affects.

Angela Contreas (aka Angellady)has a lot of info on her den if any one is interested in finding more info about Lupus.

His illness has had a profound affect on me and my mental status.
I tried to be very strong and supportive during the sickness. It was tearing me apart inside, but I didn't let him know that.

For the last two weeks , I've noticed small lapses in my memory.
An example,, I tried three times to spell "people" and finally had to look it up in the dictionary. I forgot how to play notes on the panio,or where I put things , ect.

I'm not sure if this is the result of all the stress I was under, or if the Alzhiemers is coming back.

Knowing that the medications help for only a limited amount of time, put me under some duress! I don't want to loose control of my thoughts, have memory lapses and blanks in my brain again. I want to be in control and remember things. Its almost like living on the edge of a cliff, knowing I can fall into the sea of ineptitude at any time. It can be overpowering!!

Perhaps I'm being too hard on my self and worrying too much . I guess time will tell. I have to try to continue to take each day as it comes,and remain positve( which is sometimes hard to do). I've done every thing I can to combat this deadly disease. I pray this is just a temporay set back , and I can continue a normal existance with my loved ones a while longer.  I wish this had never happened to me , but it has. Unfortunately its a sad reality, and one, I and my family have to live with and face... Please say a special prayer for us... Thankyou and God Bless !      

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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/14/2008
Saying a special prayer for you and hoping the stress get relieved and it is not altheimer's. I do forget sometimes too, have it in mind at store one moment, and lost the next. I will be praying for you. Another stressful time you are going through with lupus and your husband and you have more than your share of the burdens. I guess God gave them to you for a reason though and you are so strong you will get through it. I will worry about you now and have to get into your site more to keep track and up to date on you. I am very sympathetic towards people. You are so nice and I am glad to know you. Peace come to you.
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 3/18/2008
sending you joy and love
Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz 3/18/2008
My heart and prayers go out to you. May you have strength and peace in the days ahead. God Bless you and your husband.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 3/17/2008
Oh my,sweet lady,my prayers are with both of you,Hugsssssss and much love to both of you
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/16/2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with both you and your hubby, MaryGrace; and I hope much better days are ahead for both of you.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/15/2008
be well--it is so brave of you to share--my thooughts are with you
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 3/15/2008
Please know that you and your husband are both in my prayers. I had a friend, many years ago, whose granddaughter had lupus and I've seen how difficult the journey for Alzheimer's patients can be. Stress can take quite a toll on a person's health, mentally and physically; I know this, firsthand, from dealing with my own family's health crises with renal disease and diabetes complications.

All the best to you and yours. Keep looking for a glimmer of hope and the Lord will, certainly, grant one for you.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/15/2008
I most definitely will, am and do. I pray that you find inner peace, power and strength, through acceptance, with hope for a cure.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/15/2008
You and your husband are both in my prayers; may God bless you both and know that He is always with you! "Dear Lord Jesus, right now, I lift up my friend Mary Grace Patterson and her husband to you; help them with these changes in their health, put Your healing touch upon them, right now, I pray. Cover them with your Healing Power from the top of their heads to the soles of their feet. Perform the miracle that they both need and seek. I pray this in Your most holy name..amen and AMEN!"

He hears the cries of your heart, and He will NEVER leave or forsake you! Trust in Him!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 3/15/2008
DEAR MaryGrace!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel very sad after when I read YOU sentences.... MAY GOD WILL HELP YOU, MAY HE WILL SENT HAPPINESS AND JOY IN YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LONG LIFE FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR HUSBAND!!!!!!!!!!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU EVERY DAY AND EVERY MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/15/2008
(((HUGS))) love and prayers - I second Gwendolyn's "Lord Jesus, take those illnesses away." Amen.

Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 3/15/2008
God bless you MaryGrace and please Lord Jesus take those illnesses away. You are such a wonderful blessing as a person please keep holding on, by trying all the measures that you can. Yes, I know Angela has a wealth of information and I have checked it. Are you on your vitamins still (B vits) there is some infomercial about some vitamin packages I will see if I can see it again and write and send it to you. As you said stress can have a lot to do with it. Just keep making your notes and keeping the dictionary handy. You are doing good just by writing about Dearie. Please keep positive and in prayers for you and husband.

Continued blessings in all ways that you need it MaryGrace.

Lots of love and hugs,

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/15/2008
MaryGrace my prayers and thoughts are with you, I can understand why you would be under stress, I hope your husband is feeling better to relieve you of some upset in your life. Take care and I will pray for you both.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
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