Two New Names

May 13th 2009

For me having another medical condition seems to come as often as some woman have children! I only have one child, but have managed to have more medical conditions than anyone I know.  So now there are two more I will add to the list of names I recite when I go to the Dr. and they ask my medical history.  Its quite interesting the looks I get when I start reciting my list.

As it turned out the pain I was having in my face and jaw since my surgery over a year ago was caused by a nerve that controls those areas.  It is very sensitive to any damage-and it was most likely damaged during surgery-very easy to have happen given that the entire side of my head was exposed!  So now those sharp shooting pains are going away with treatment!  All the pain isn’t gone-but it is bearable, but I have a name for what causes it- Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Then it seems this thing that a few weeks ago the Dr. said was something not to worry too much about, a minor annoyance more than anything, has been getting progressively worse over the past couple of weeks.  Then yesterday-much worse.  You see, my hands and feet turn blue, and not a nice bright shade of blue like my eyes.  A creepy blue grey, the color they would be if you were out in the snow too long-my body is having that same reaction but the problem is there is no snow involved.  Seems there can be several underlying causes for this, none of which sound very fun to have, two of which were already ruled out, the rest of which I discovered yesterday.  So I wait for the Dr. to call me back to see what to do next.  However I do have a name for this as well-Raynauds Syndrome.

So two names to add my list.  It is getting rather long, I might have to start writing all these down for fear of forgetting which is which and calling them by their wrong name, like when a mother starts calling her children by the wrong name.  I do know one mom who has been known to call her children by their number-maybe I should start doing that-numbering my medical conditions so as not to confuse them.  Regardless of what I call them by they are all just another way my perishable body is showing signs of being just that, perishable.  I will one day be made imperishable when I inherit the Kingdom of God! (1 Cor 15:44, 1 Cor 15:50)

2 minutes

May 2nd 2009

2 minutes that sets me back 6 1/2 months.  How does that work?  6 1/2 months ago I had my 4th post operative seizure which reset my 90 day count to get my driving privileges back.  Then-90 days later I accomplished that milestone and got my drivers license back after having not driven for over 2 years!  Yesterday that 90 day count started again-so I step backwards and start counting again.  Though I regained my driving privilege in December-I lost it yesterday in the very short span of 2 minutes when I had my 5th post operative seizure.

For those of us with epilepsy driving becomes more than an ordinary privilege, it is a trophy.  It is the proof that we are seizure free, and that we have defeated our condition.  If we have a seizure again we lose that privilege and we are reminded every day for the time period set by the law that for a short period of time-2 minutes in this case-our disease defeated us and all the steps we take to beat it.  This daily reminder for me is more than just an “I cant drive” or “I had a seizure” reminder.  It reminds me that it matters not what attempts I make to fix this body, to make it last, to put it in perfect condition-that is not going to happen!  Even if I get to the point where I become seizure free for life-my body will still not be imperishable.  So I am thankful.  Thankful for what?  Thankful that this is not the body that I am going to keep for eternity.  God is going to give me an imperishable body when I inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Cor 15:44, 1 Cor 15:50)

So that 2 minutes sets me backwards.  I will once again have to rely on others to drive me everywhere.  I will not be able to hop in the car in the middle of the day to go to the grocery store.  My husband will need to take his break at the appropriate times to get our son home from school again.  I will have more to be thankful for when I no longer have this body!