With Thankfulness

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Psalm 100:4-5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

It’s Thanksgiving week! The Christmas boxes and decorations are unpacked and the tree is decorated. Even though it’s a little early to get ready for Christmas, I wanted our home to be cheerful. And, there’s nothing better than Christmas decorations for creating a warm and cozy ambiance.

We put up our full-size tree downstairs and a small one upstairs. I unpacked a lot of my cute decorations: large angels and the nativity scene as well as some cute snowmen and a moose. Last year we planned to travel for the holidays, so we just put up the bare minimum of decorations. It was pretty bland.

But, last year, I didn’t have LDN to help my energy and I had basically none. I’m very thankful to have my first holiday season in years in which I actually had the energy to get up and decorate and cook. What a difference! I don’t have to pretend or put on a good act to cook and visit with my loved ones.

It’s so hard to do the things we want to do when we have chronic pain and other symptoms. Although my pain levels are still bad I can still enjoy all of my chores because I’m not dragging. With LDN, I can actually pace myself. Before, I tried to pace myself, but the body just couldn’t do it.

It’s been such a blessing to have this drug! I could unpack one box of decorations and then rest for an hour. Then, I could get up and do it again. I never could do this before. LDN (low dose Naltrexone) is a lifesaver!

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Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

I am still going to have hubby help me clean up and cook this year, but it won’t be quite as much. He’ll also not have to listen to me moan quite as much from the pain and struggle just to stand up in the kitchen. I’ll never be well, but having the help from this one drug has been a total game-changer.

Now, if my body can just stop having allergic reactions, life will be good. Just when I think that I’m past the cycle of reactions, my mast cells go crazy and I’m back on Benadryl. Sunday, I was so nauseated I could hardly move. I just rested and tried not to throw up. I took a lot of Benadryl and only could eat crackers.

I’m hoping for a break from this so that I can eat pumpkin pie on Thursday! Oh, and of course, I need to feel good enough to bake it. I hope and pray that you all have a low-pain and higher-energy Thanksgiving. Although our meal will be for just the three of us, I’m thankful that we have the resources to buy good food and have a warm, safe place to live.

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Psalm 69:30

I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.

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