It’s been an arduous few months for me. I’ve stepped aside from writing for several weeks because I have been struggling with UMP – unidentified medical problems. Constant painful spasms, cloudy thinking, weakness and other symptoms have escalated. I have been poked, pricked, prodded, scanned, examined, evaluated and scrutinized by an entire cadre of health professionals with more investigating to come.
My wonderful family doctor is willing to think outside the box. We have worked with diet, vitamins, supplements, remedies, medicines, physiotherapy, massage therapy and more to try and alleviate the problems. I have been able to share more and more about the Lord with her as we talk and try to find solutions to my ailments.
Gluten-free for me
I’ve had arthritis for years. One of the changes I made six months ago was to go gluten-free and it helped much more than I expected. A couple of weeks ago test my doctor ordered showed I also had dairy and egg allergies. Last week I had additional testing to determine if I have any other allergies or food intolerances. Making changes to eliminate these foods can be challenging and takes time to master.
The one medication I was on seemed effective at first but grew less and less helpful. My doctor took me off that one and after a couple of weeks put me back on a previous medication which has some possible serious side effects. My mobility has improved and I am praying I can get in to see the rheumatologist soon.
How can I help others when I’m struggling?
All of the symptoms and changes associated with my UMP have caused me significant struggles, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually too. Changing meds, foods, and supplements all brought physical and mental changes which my poor old body had to adjust to. I stepped away from writing because I thought I could not be a help to others when I was struggling so.
Then the Lord brought to mind some of the missionary biographies I’ve read over the years. Some of the greatest help to me came from those agonizingly honest passages where the missionary, in great grief, or pain, or discouragement cast themselves upon the Lord for help and deliverance. They were willing to bare their souls for the cause of Christ; maybe God could use my experiences to help others who are also struggling.
Sharing while struggling
So I will, by God’s grace, share weekly what He is teaching me, the painful and the joyous, with the prayer that God might use my experiences to encourage someone else. Stay tuned for the next post in a couple of days.