Although the last week was a nightmare, I was confident that with enough prednisone I could get better. The papules, for the most part, are drying up and fading. I’m not sure if there will be scars or not. Unfortunately I did scratch them. The large area of whelps is on my lower back and finally fading.
Last night was the first night I could skip benadryl with my prednisone. The ER doctor thought that would happen 4 days ago, but I’m just thrilled that it would work! Today is the first day without ice packs, too. It is a truly amazing feeling to be getting back to ‘my normal’.
Hubby and I learned many things through this disaster:
- don’t hesitate to go to the ER
- don’t travel when you’re titrating a new drug
- don’t travel when you’re already feeling worse than usual
- be realistic about your limitations
- try plan B when you see your GP next
Because I’m sick every day, I just expect pain and/or other terrible symptoms. It seems like one medication is for a disease and the next medicine is to deal with the side-effects from the first medicine. Do you have that feeling….
I’ve stopped drugs before, after talking to my doctor, if they had unbearable side-effects. Just the same, some drugs cause side-effects and I just continue taking them anyway. Reasons for doing that include: I really want to attack this health problem, and I don’t always feel like advocating for myself.
How will the doctor know what’s happening if I don’t tell them. After years of being dismissed or gaslighted, I did get hesitant to keep bringing up new or existing health problems. There is also a lack of self-worth that this causes. Having grown up with this type of treatment, it’s a real inner battle to break out of that pattern.
I’m extremely thankful that God helped me through this horrible experience. There was much begging in my prayers. When I was at my worst point I wondered if death was possible. I’ve had a few reactions that could have led to death, according to the doctors. Did I say how much I love Prednisone?
@23copyright, Lisa Ehrman
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my experiences and opinions, and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern please contact your personal physician.