Yup, 3 new things since last blog post! Not sure how to categorize them, should they go into the bad, good or neither? I have no idea haha, but I’ll fill y’all in anyway!
So Polly has been back for a little over a week now, she started out SUPER teensy, thought maybe it was a quick “have a cup of coffee” visit…Nah, she wants to move in again LOL! *facepalm* However, this time she was joined by a friend, Tiny Tim…He arrived a couple days after she did, but neither have left…So there’s new #1, a new “friend”….He’s minding his own business so far, not making himself at home quite yet. Maybe just seeing how welcome his presence is here; I don’t really know, but I appreciate his consideration for the skin surrounding his dwelling space!!
Because Polly has decided to show up unannounced, and is now bringing friends with her, our “new” #2 is Humira! I’ve been on a couple biologics before, Remicade and Entivyo, the main difference in those and Humira is the administration. The two I was on before required me to drive to an infusion clinic, have an IV placed and then sit in a chair over the course of usually 3 to 4 hours while my infusion and fluids ran. Plus observation time (to make sure there was no allergic reaction), and I also had to wait for the drug to be mixed in the compounding pharmacy when I checked in which usually took about 30 minutes. Humira is a quick, easy, basically painless, injection that I administer myself, at home!
The time it takes to begin noticing a relief in symptoms is usually about 12 weeks, which is also pretty common among the other meds too. So for now, I start my first injection is 2 pens (2 shots) and then in a week I do 2 more injections. After that I will do 1 injection every week for the remaining 12 weeks at which point we will re-evaluate symptom management and possibly change the injection schedule!
Number 3 “new” isn’t as exciting haha! I had my annual eye exam today, my astigmatism is worse, especially the left eye. It may have been worsened by the brand of contacts I was using, or it could just be my eyes. For now I have a new prescription and am now wearing contacts specially made to help make up for the odd shape of my eye. My contacts are actually thicker at the bottom then at the top!
I always find it amazing how much better I see after having my prescription change. Every time I feel like I’m looking around going, “Oh YEAH! THAT’S what leaves on trees look like again!” “HEY, there’s the GRASS again!!” HAHAHA Sad, but true!
I don’t know how to categorize any of those things, I suppose Polly and friends could classify as “not so great” along with the worsening astigmatism…Humira I want to classify as a “good” thing, it can help control Polly and Friends, help prevent further Crohn’s flares, and also potentially help with my skin irritation in general!
I have a hard time classifying any of them as “bad”, “awful”, or “terrible” things, because in reality they really aren’t THAT horrible! There was a phrase I heard on a video somewhere that said, “we grow through what we go through.” <— Can I get an AMEN!? I mean, seriously, how freakin’ true is that! When we go through crap we can either be destroyed by it, or we can RISE because of it!
NO ONE heads to the foothills of Mt Everest, expecting the climb to be a cake walk!! There may be moments where it feels easier in life, but sooner or later the oxygen gets thin! What do we do then? Do we just lay down and die? Give up when we can’t see through the fog and clouds? NOOOOO! Press on! Climb on! By ALL means, take rest when it’s needed, and don’t ever feel guilty for it. Everest isn’t climbed in a day, guys, it’s a journey and not an easy one at that.
Life, and everything it hands us, is all of our “Everests.” It’s an opportunity to “Grow through what we go through.” Remember we only control our response to what happens to us right? SO, we control how life’s challenges shape us in our Growth! You wanna sit in the cave 100 feet from the summit and complain about everything, fine, do it! BUT, keep in mind that the longer you sit in that cave, the more you will become the very complaint you’re complaining about. Change won’t happen if you stay in the same place, it’s dynamic! Move, LIVE, GROW! Embrace changes in life with love, focus and an urge to grow with it, through it.
Also, don’t climb your Everest alone. Find your person, your village, your tribe! Find someone who encourages you to grow and who wants to grow with you! New things are not always bad things. With the wrong attitude, however, ALL change can be perceived as something negative… I try to always be mindful of my thoughts, because they often lead to actions or words spoken that are hasty and not of sound (or kind) mind and spirit.
I feel like I may have begun to ramble a bit at the end, BUT I just want you to know, and remember, that we all have challenges in life, things that beat us down and try to keep us there. We also all have that something within us that needs challenges to grow us.
The Lodgepole Pine Tree has pinecones that are SO tightly closed, and the ONLY thing powerful enough to open them in order to spread the seeds is extremely HIGH temperatures, like forest fires. These trees can store their cones for years, waiting for the fire to blaze through. These trees literally grow by going through fire. The soil is rich in carbon after a fire moves through, which is also premium for their seeds to grow in! How beautiful that even in nature, it also utilizes this extreme change for good and for positive results!
Ok, I’ve rambled on long enough! I Love You All! Thank you again for sharing this space with me! Don’t forget to share a smile with someone, or many someones, this coming week. It’s Memorial Day weekend, let’s be so so thankful for the extreme adversity and tragedy that so many have gone through, so that you and I can live in comfort and peace in our homes!
LOVE You all, share a smile, they’re free and they are for everyone!! ❤ Talk soon!