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Well…..I’ve been on Bioidentical Hormones for 18 days and I haven’t felt a boost of energy. I know that it’s still early to feel something, but the doctor will check my hormone levels at the end of a month to see if I need a higher dose.

My prescription for Wellbutrin was started two weeks ago and I have not noticed any changes. This drug also probably won’t show any changes until a month’s time. Everyone is different, so I hope that it will start working sooner than that.

My stress levels have been so high lately. With my father in end-stage heart failure, there are many things that have to be discussed and I hope to visit him again. He and my mother are both in the hospital with Covid-19. They have had it before. My dad has blood clots and my mother has pneumonia.

Because I’m so fatigued I really haven’t been able to do much of anything. My chronic itching continues and I started more prednisone. I’m having to reduce my dose again and don’t have many pills left. It knocked out all my itching when I was taking 20 mg, but when I lower to 10 mg the itching starts again.

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All of the worries with my aging parents has me convinced to have very specific plans for the time when we won’t be able to live on our own. Over the next year, I plan to nail that down and share it with our family. I never want my lack of planning to bring such crisis to the lives of my children.

With chronic illnesses taking all my attention, it’s going to be harder to know if I’ll be eligible to live just anywhere. I’ll need to be doing quite a bit of research to get all my questions answered. I’ll want to live near great doctors and hospitals. Have you planned for those days in the future?

What would be important to you? Would you want a bustling senior activity scene? nursing care? good doctors nearby? great climate? amenities? price? All these are going to need to be addressed when making decisions like this.

As I do research, I’ll also be asking God to give me wisdom and guidance to find a place that will be just what I need. Hubby and I always make our decisions by praying together to ask for wisdom. God always answers.

@2022, copyright 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 consult your personal physician.

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  1. I think it is such a great idea to have a plan in place that the whole family knows about. I know my own grandmother’s decline was so sudden we weren’t prepared at all and it was tough to make those decisions for her. Sadly, WHERE she was placed was out of our hands as most nursing homes and centers near us at are full capacity with a wait list so it’s usually just a call of which one ends up having an opening when needed. Luckily she got into a great care facility that I think she really enjoyed. They had animals roaming around and in physical therapy which she just loved.

    1. I’m so glad that your grandmother was placed in a wonderful facility. That means the world to you, as a family always wants the best for their loved ones. I love the idea of animals roaming around. That is such a healthy idea!

  2. Best of luck. Keep advocating for yourself and I hope you feel a bit better soon.

    1. Thank you. I’ll keep at it because it’s a life-long struggle.

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