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They can test everything (Day 213)

Posted Aug 21 2009 12:35pm
I dropped off a sample in a small plastic bottle with a tiny spoon attached to the inside of the lid. Can you guess what the sample was that I put inside the bottle? Ha! Ha! I'm sorry for making you think about that, but it is another thing that they have to test. I should find out the results next Tuesday .

My latest blood test results were good.

They want to try and reduce my steroids (Methylprednisolone Oral) again. I had trouble last time I tried to go off them. This time they have me taking Hydrocortisone Oral pills prior to lowering the dose.

I was told that when you take a higher dose of steroid, then the naturally produced body equivalent substance (adrenal, I think, maybe), the body stops making its own. Then when you stop taking it your body is lacking.

Hopefully, the Hydrocortisone pills will help my body through the transition back to no steroids. Taking steroids long term can have detrimental side effects, so it's important to be off them.

How am I doing? Good for the most part. I get feeling a little sick and tired occasionally, but after a half an hour to forty five minutes, I start feeling better again. It's weird. It is a Graft Verses Host Disease (GVHD) thing.

Friday, September 4, 2009, I have a blood test, doctor appointment, GVHD appointment, Pentamidine Treatment, and a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) at the U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With the two hour fifteen minute trip one way, It should make for a long day.

Kim went back to work today. She enjoys her job and what a great bunch of people to work with. They have been a tremendous support through this ordeal. It is a blessing to have a job, a gift from God when you enjoy it, and even more when the people you work with truly care about you. I can't say enough about that. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I'm scheduled to do the Children's message and the sermon this Sunday at Allegan Wesleyan Church. Please pray that God uses me in a powerful way for His glory. The topic of the message is "The Storm" from the book of Acts Chapter 27.

This is tough writing this stuff sometimes!

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