Saturday, February 27, 2010

Still Here, Still Kicking

I just wanted to update my blog, and update all of you who actually read this thing as to why I've been absent!

Those of you who know me fairly well know that I've been fighting a long battle over the last two years. For anyone who's just getting to know me....the short story is that about two years ago my asthma attacks (which have been severe for years) grew drastically worse. The doctors have tried all sorts of medication and treatment, but they haven't been able to get it under control.

As a part of trying to treat my asthma, I've been on steroids for the last two years. They have kept me alive, kept me out of the hospital, but being on steroids is NOT the ideal situation! Since we are finally getting my asthma under control (that's a long story too), we are working to at the least reduce my steroid levels, and at best get me completely off them!

The only problem with getting me off the steroids is that I get to go through withdrawals, just like a druggy, as we go through the process. The good news is that I'm not having any super serious asthma attacks, the bad news is that I'm exhausted and dealing with about 5 different side effects.

Combine that with having a busy week, and I just didn't have the energy (mental or physical) to blog this week! I haven't really gotten much done crafty wise either. I do have lots of ideas on the table though, and I'm hoping to get to spend some time beading and catching up on watching things tonight :)

12 comments:

BeadedTail said...

Great news that you are reducing your steroids and not having serious asthma attacks! Hope the side effects lessen and go away all together very soon. Been missing you!

Dori said...

I have been really missing you too. I hope things improve for you dear. Blessings and good wishes for you.

Meghann LittleStudio said...

Hope you get feeling better, steroid withdrawal is NOT fun.
Hugs,
Meg and Arwen the Wonder dog

Mary T Designs said...

I am glad to hear from you and am praying for a solution to some of your problems!Good luck and hoping to hear from you soon!

Linda Pruitt said...

My son-in-law went "cold turkey" off the meds that he got addicted to (another long story.) We're so proud of him and we're proud of you too, Ruthie! Praying for you to become steroid free and to be yourself again, soon! We've missed you on the Etsyblogger thread!

Go2girl.etsy.com said...

Ruthie, wishing for the best possible outcome for you. And looking forward to reading all of your new posts and checking out your creations!

Beadwright said...

Just take it slow. I have been where you are now. Long time on steroids and then coming off. It is hard on your body so try not to get frustrated and remember to love yourself.

Nicole/Beadwright

TiLT said...

big hugs to you!!!! Glad to hear the attacks are under control enough to try & get off the steroids...wishing you the best...and you know we'll be here whenever you do have the energy to post :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I'm glad to hear you're getting off your steroids and not having asthma attacks :)
Sorry the side effects are getting to you though!
Hugs :)

joeyandaleethea said...

Side effects do not sound fun, but I'm happy to hear your asthma is lessening! My nephew had asthma for years, and karate and regular exercise helped him so much that he eventually overcame the asthma, and no longer suffers attacks. We miss you and hugs from the team.

Creative Critters said...

I'm glad you're starting to get the asthma attacks under control, but I hope you start truly feeling better soon. Sending you good thoughts and healing hugs ;-)

Kate said...

Way to go! Good for you! We miss you of course but you do whatever it takes to get better.