As if our body’s aren’t under enough stress with our hidden illnesses and conditions, there always seems that more gets added to our plate!
I have been absent in dealing with “new” pain affecting my lower back and both legs. Results of the MRI showed Herniated discs (L4 and L5, S1 and S2) and arthritis in same area. So yes, definitely Sciatica.
I will go in for steroid injections next Wednesday. I do hope they provide relief. It would be SO nice to go back to my “usual” pain!
Jude, also known as Judas Thaddaeus, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus.
He preached the Gospel with great passion, often in the most difficult circumstances. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, he made profound differences in people’s lives as he offered them the Word of God.
The Gospel tells us that St. Jude was a brother of St. James the Less, also one of the Apostles. They are described in Matthew as the “brethren” of Jesus, probably cousins.
St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. This recalls oneof his miracles during his work spreading the Word of God.
King Abagar of Edessa asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Impressed with Abagar’s great faith, Jesus pressed His face on a cloth, leaving the image of His face on it. He gave the cloth to St. Jude, who took the image to Abagar and cured him.
In the Catholic Church, St. Jude is the Patron Saint of Hope and impossible causes. Those who are in despair or distraught over finances or other circumstance in life are encouraged to ask St. Jude to pray for them.
Like so many times in the past, I can be too stubborn for my own good! LOL I finally came to my senses when we were in nasty financial situation. My husband, who is self-employed, did not have work lined up and the monthly bills looming. (I am still battling for my disability, of course! At least a Hearing date has been set!!)
I asked St. Jude to pray for our financial situation. As soon as I finished speaking to him, I heard my husband answer his phone. He was headed out the door for a job. The work has continued and is continuing for him. We will be able to pay our bills this month thanks to the prayers said on our behalf by St. Jude!
Just as our friends and family pray for us, the Saints are there to speak to and to ask for their prayers as well! I now thank St. Jude each day before asking for his continued prayers.
I awake in the early hours
To the throbbing and stabbing
Coursing through my body
I take leave to crawl into a hot bath
As we watch a favorite program
Sleep overtakes me
Unable to keep eyes open
I have no strength to fight
Plans are made
To spend time with friends
Nap taken and extra rest
Do not prevent a flare
No need for self doubt
There will be other chances
Our family and friends understand
Hidden conditions are in control
Our bodies dictate actions
We are forced to be patient
To live within the invisible boundaries
There are times we cry
We battle with frustration
We struggle with isolation
We wrestle with guilt
We cry out to God
For His peace and comfort
We hold tightly onto our Faith
Knowing our path is fraught with boulders
We deal with thick brain fog
With vision that can blur
Often unable to remember
Or use incorrect words
For anyone following or reading my past blogs, you know the tremendous disappointment that I have been through in trying to get a pain pump trial approved. Thanks to a very dedicated pain specialist and his staff, I will finally have this opportunity!
This coming Tuesday, April 25, I will have the pain pump trial! My pain specialist will inject the medication he has selected into my spine to see if it will help! The good news is that I have been told that I will know right away if it will make a difference or not.
Prep is the usual request…no eating or drinking after midnight the night before. I will be allowed to take one of my pain meds in the morning to ease my discomfort for the trip as we will have to travel about an hour to the location of the procedure.
Once the injection is done, we will remain for about 3-4 hours for observation. Then I will be released to come home, where I am to have someone with me for the next 24 hours.
I have been told that the injection can last from a few hours to a couple of days. Of course, each person reacts differently. Again, I am excited that it should be easy to tell if it is going to work or not.
So far my body has cooperated…I have not had any infections, no head colds…any of which would have forced us to reschedule.
I will write more about the procedure and its results next week!