Best I’ve Felt In 5 Years

It’s been a long week full of discovery. This past Tuesday I spent all day getting allergy testing. I’ve waited for this appointment for nearly four months. Anxiously I’ve wondered what allergies might be triggering my nerve pain. After 25 shots in the arm I finally left with some answers.

First, it was discovered that I’m not allergic at all to titanium. This is awesome because I have plenty of it implanted in my body. Also, I have no allergic reactions to dairy, Gluten, Splenda or bakers yeast. However, I do have a reaction to dust mites, whole wheat, corn, cane sugar and for sure caffeine. All the other reactions were average. But, my reaction to caffeine was off the charts. This only confirmed what time has proven.

After my allergy testing I got to see my doctor one last time at the Center For Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It was the end of a four month discovery season. We discussed how my diet alone has changed my life all together. We talked about how I can continue to learn and take notes on my journey. Due to my allergic reaction to dust mites they suggested I get zip up allergy covers for all my pillows and mattress. The doctor was very pleased with my progress overall in such a short period of time.

Today I had a follow up with my pain management doctor. We began by deleting from the computer several medications I no longer take. We also put together a plan to help me continue my med reduction. The main reason for this appointment was to discuss my last shot and schedule my upcoming steroid injection.

For the first time ever I was informed of the dangers of too many steroid injections. Turns out that overtime these shots can make your bones begin to crumble along with other possible side effects. My doctor suggested I postpone my next shot. He wants me to wait until I know I need the greater relief. Considering I’ve had so many of these shots I certainly agreed to the plan. I left out of this doctor’s appointment all smiles.

I’m by far doing the best I’ve been in nearly 5 years. It’s been a combination of daily diet, medications, and a constant recovery lifestyle. God has been so good to me. I never thought I could reach this point after so many dreadful, tearful, and painful days. I’ve even dropped my blood pressure meds. I’m now 5 ‘11 and only 165 lbs. I was 205 lbs just a year ago. I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR GOD’S GRACE!

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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