Healing Light?

I had heard that sunlight can help psoriasis, so yesterday I tried an experiment. My afternoon class went to a nearby park for fun on our last day of class. So as I sat in the sun, I held my arm for the sunlight to hit it. I have had a new psoriasis plaque on my right arm that I want to go away before I see the rheumatologist in a few weeks.

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The results? I did see slight improvement for it, so I think I will try some more sunlight this afternoon.

As I was sitting in the sun for my arm, I thought about a different light that brings healing to our souls. Jesus said of himself in John 8:12:

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Sunlight from the sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D which is good for our health. Sunlight from the sun brings us warmth and helps plants to grow.

The light that Jesus gives brings healing for our souls, gives us guidance, and helps us grow spiritually.

Just as I placed myself in the sunlight for my arm yesterday, we need to place ourselves in the light of Jesus. It begins with first trusting in Jesus as our Savior. The healing and growth continue as we daily place ourselves in the light of His word.

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Friday Finally-Teacher Appreciate Week

Coming to the end of a crazy busy week, Friday is a most welcome day. I took on a Monday/Wednesday evening class because the instructor could not finish the quarter. Telling myself the class is in Zoom, so no driving, made it seem easier.

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But as a Spoonie, person living with chronic illnesses, somehow I forgot to factor in fatigue. But the good news is no evening class today, so as soon as I arrive home it will be nap time. 🙂

It is teacher appreciation week this week in the USA. Today we will have ice cream sundaes at the school where I teach in the mornings. Mentally that makes it easier to get up and get going. Ice cream is an essential food group for me. In fact when I meet a nurse or nursing student, I ask them to remember me, so if I am ever their patient to bring me ice cream.

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Speaking of Teacher Appreciation Week, it is not too late to show a little appreciation. A simple card, a thank you, a little candy or whatever to let your child’s teacher know they are appreciated can mean a lot. We are coming to the end of the third year of teaching that was affected by COVID.

If you are a fellow educator, as one myself, I wish to say I understand how it has been this year and the previous two. So thank you for what you do.

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Confession Time- No Coffee Shop Yesterday

In my post yesterday I shared that my agenda included a trip to my coffee shop. Confession time- alas I did not make it yesterday. Methotrexate got the better of me and I ended up needing two naps yesterday. Such is spoonie life.

However, today was a rebound day. Thanks to the naps of yesterday, I went to church this morning and am happy to report that as I write I am currently at my coffee shop. I had a free order of nachos from the organic store deli next door thanks to a punch card and now I am enjoying coffee.

The barrista is a young woman who I connected with while writing about my idea of writing a bible study guide for people who have experienced trauma. We chat every time I come in. She picks out fun mugs for me too. 🙂

There is something about this coffee shop that stimulates the writer in me. There are so many interesting people to see.

Is there a place that stimulates the writer/blogger in you?

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Saturday Is Here- Naps?

Saturday is here. What shall I do? It feels like a double nap day. But they need to be perfectly timed because a friend from El Salvador texted me that his sister is making pupusas today. This afternoon he will bring some to me. My Saturday meal plan is all set. 🙂

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So I think perhaps a late morning nap. Then I will start reading a new book my pastor recommended to me. After the pupusas are delivered and I partake of some, then it will be time for another nap.

Why two naps you might ask? Good question. I had my medication increased at my last rheumatology appointment and the whammy hits. By whammy I mean the methotrexate hangover. That means wake up, get out of bed, and the oh oh moment hits of not today. That’s okay because after a nap day tomorrow I will be ready to go.

So the highlights for today will be naps, pupusas, and a new book.

What are your Saturday plans?

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Friday Happiness

I woke up sluggish this morning, which is nothing new for me. It is Friday, so it is injection day for methotrexate. I had planned on rewarding myself with a delivery cheeseburger and fries, but something much better came my way. One of the moms in my morning class gave me some briyani.

I like knowing people who like to cook because I like to eat good food. 🙂

I have been telling people at school that I have a happy story to tell. My happy story- It is Friday. 🙂

After a cloudy rainy week, we finally have some sunshine today. But I already have big plans after I teach my afternoon class. Perhaps you might think the big plans include a visit to the coffee shop. While that is always great, that is not part of my big plans today.

What are my big plans? I am glad you asked. My big plans are to go home, take a nap, watch movies, and take a nap. That way I will be rested up for the weekend.

How is your Friday?

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I Love Nurses

Yesterday I went for a follow up for my CT Scan last week. I have a condition know as white coat syndrome which basically means doctors stress me out. But nurses do not stress me out and yesterday was a great example.

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The nurse who talked with me to go over meds I take, how my symptoms were etc, is from the Philippines. As we talked, I felt more relaxed than I have for a long time at a doctor’s office. We talked about how long she has lived here, her missing good seafood, and how she feels about winter. The last thing she did was check my blood pressure and it was the best numbers I have had in a long time at a doctor’s office.

Another good example is from when I had a minor surgery in 2017. I was in the recovery area and had to stay there longer because my room wasn’t ready. The recovery nurse wheeled my bed to an area she could wrap a curtain around. Then she asked me what I wanted for lunch, One of the things I asked for was ice cream. When my lunch came, she gave me two ice creams.

After that whenever I see Nursing Students or Nurses in the coffee shop, I joke with them that if I am ever their patient to remember to bring me ice cream. 🙂

Nurses have been on the front lines of this pandemic. Can you imagine where we would be without nurses?

Let’s be kind to nurses.

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Pinball Patient Time Again?

A couple of years ago, I shared a post Pinball Patient to describe the experience of living with autoimmune and bouncing from doctor to doctor to find out what is the issue. If I could have saved the money I have spent on doctors over the past several years, I would have a really nice new car like a Mercedes or something.

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So my CT Scan showed nothing of concern the CT could find. That’s the good news. The bad news? I will probably be sent to a specialist for a different test or maybe two. Or I could just forget the whole thing. I like that idea. 🙂

This week is a cloudy rainy week, so along with the whole doctor thing it is tempting to just get a sub to teach, sleep in, and go to the coffee shop, but I won’t do that.

How is your week going?

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In Honor of Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month- More Doctors for Me

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and to celebrate it I get to, guess what, yes you guessed it. I will have unexpected doctors’ appointments. It started with one yesterday more on that later in the post.

First I want to give a shout out to my fellow bloggers who live with an autoimmune disease. I know what it is like to with autoimmune issues. I live with more than one.

Lately I have been having pain in my side off and on, so I went to my GP. Yes, there was another blood test that I didn’t study for. Next Monday lucky me gets to go have a CT scan and they said something about drinking “contrast” first. Somehow I don’t think it is chocolate flavored.

I am so looking forward to Jesus returning or taking me to heaven either way, no more chronic illnes.

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A Doctor Yesterday and Snow Today

Yesterday I had a doctor appointment, but it was the easy kind. I went to an ophthalmologist for my annual eye exam, so no x-rays, no blood tests etc. I almost rescheduled because my appointment was supposed to be at 3:30 but they didn’t call my name until 4:05.

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They put three different kinds of drops in my eyes to check on various things since I have psoriatic arthritis. I thought maybe after having three different kinds of drops put in my eyes that it would give me some kind of powers like x-ray vision or mental telepathy, but all it did was make my eyes sensitive to light for a few hours.

We are having snow here today. I was hoping to have a snow day off from school, but alas, as per the norm where I live, we are not having enough snow to cancel school. Oh well, I still have Spring Break to look forward to next week. 🙂

This is my last week of being crazy busy. For the spring and summer quarters at the college, I will only teach two evenings a week not four. I look forward to being better able to keep up with fellow bloggers.

How is your week?

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Sunday Is Here

It is another Sunday morning of waking up at 4am because I slept too much Friday night and Saturday. This is life with chronic illness. The medicine I take once a week to be able to function wipes me out by Friday afternoon, so I do things like sleep 12 hours Friday night, take a power nap Saturday afternoon, and then only sleep five hours Saturday night.

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As I write, I realize another nap will be in store this afternoon, so I can go to a Ukrainian church this evening. By tomorrow, I will be ready to go.

Even with this weekly occurrence, Sunday mornings are something I look forward to. It is time to see some friends at church and worship together. Today might even necessitate a burger and then a coffee shop visit before a nap. It is all such a whirlwind of activity. 🙂

What are your Sunday plans?

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