Chronic Illness Covid Decisions
My husband and I have had a stressful and frustrating experience as we’ve tried to make decisions about getting out of the house during Covid-19. With my numerous medical conditions there is a worry that I’ll have a worse outcome if I contract this virus. My husband is 73 and has some health worries, too. Trying to decide what risks we want to take has been so hard.
Since March, we have only left the house to pick up groceries. I have been inside a doctor’s office twice. We take every precaution possible with masks, hand washing, and even changing clothes after we’ve gone out. While many are very comfortable going on about their lives, we have made the choice to stay home.
I don’t allow any political discussion on my blog, so please don’t get into that area of conversation. To me, Covid-19 is nothing more than a serious novel virus. Everyone is allowed to make their own choice pertaining to their own body. I feel very comfortable in having stayed home this long. I don’t know exactly when I’ll want to relax my standards.
In our area, cases are on the rise. We also live with a college student and worry about what he may bring home with him in the fall. But, our most immediate worry is that we can’t see our grandchild. Two of our adult children live many states away from us and we are so eager to see them.
We haven’t decided when we’ll go, but think about it all the time. I’m sure they’re fine without us, as all of us aging parents understand. I hope and pray that it won’t be a very long time before a visit can happen. We know that Covid-19 won’t be a threat forever and that’s something to continually remember.
I have a new treatment plan appointment next week. I’ll go in in person to see the doctor, but they are practicing with every precaution. This local appointment is something that I’m excited about, but also nervous about. My new LDN (low dose naprexone) is still not helping at all with pain or fatigue. I wonder if the two week mark will finally bring me to a point where I can feel a difference?
There’s no way to know, but I’m still hopeful. I hope and pray that LDN will be a game-changer for me. The doctor said it might even help some with Mast Cell activation. I hope so, but today I’m having an increase in itching. It looks like I may need to start taking additional doses of Benadryl. Ugh! I hate it, because I’ll be more sleepy than I already am.
I’m continuing to pray and trust God that His plan for me is good. The peace He gives is enough. The inner strength will now need to suffice, even when the physical strength is gone.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually – I Chronicles 16:11
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Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions, and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.