So what’s the silver lining in your recent challenge?
For me it was the fact that my severe joint pain hit my left hand, that I was able to walk and that everything about our trip was just so perfect – the weather, accommodations, beauty, logistical arrangements and touring.
I developed some weird allergic reactions to a couple of antibiotics. One antibiotic was given for my infected root canal and when I developed a C-diff type terrible stomach reaction, I was given another antibiotic to quell that. A few days later I broke out in hives and a skin rash.
We were due to go on vacation so I stopped the antibiotics (as per doctor’s orders) and took benedryl for the itches.
A few days into the trip I developed swelling and joint pain in my hand, the likes of which I have never experienced. That progressed to severe joint pain in different parts of my body. I couldn’t raise my arms and layed like a mummy to go to sleep.
But as long as I could walk, we went about our travel days. So I needed some help pulling my arms through my clothes. And I, totally out-of-character, probably took more tylenols that week than in my lifetime. (not much of an exaggeration here)
As long as my gut stayed good (which is my weak link), I was determined to proceed with a gorgeous trip.
And so I kept pulling myself back to the all the good and kept looking for all ‘at leasts’: at least it’s not my right hand, at least it’s not my stomach, at least the couple of health people I saw were good, at least we’re still doing what we set out to do.…