WOW. This past week has been full of ups and downs for us. And with that, brings lots of things to be thankful for of course. First of all, I am so thankful that the hurricane Hermoine missed us last weekend. And while she did throw around lots of wind and rain across her path, there wasn’t too much significant damage from her. I think the flooding in Louisiana a few weeks ago was worse than this hurricane. So I am thankful that our homes, and friends and families homes were all spared from any storm damage and that everyone was okay afterwards. This was our first real threat of getting hit by a hurricane since we moved to Florida from Georgia three years ago and even though they weren’t calling for us to get hit too bad, I’m not gonna lie, I was scared to death! So very, very thankful that situation turned out the way it did.
I had an appointment with my dermatologist to look at all the blisters and wounds still left on my legs and feet, and she said they are very pleased with how my skin is healing from the steroids I am on. And while I still look like a cheetah girl, I am thankful that I am a fan of cheetah prints so I am just “rocking my spots” now. Hearing someone say that I am actually healing okay and responding well to my medications made me feel SO much better about the whole situation with new disorder that I have. But even with that bit of good news, I am still struggling with a lot of other issues that stem from this vascular disease. And there’s not much I can do about them accept just to continue to hope and pray that they eventually stop or go away. And that is completely possible! Most people that have HSP Hence Schonlein Purpura do heal within 6-8 weeks after the initial rash starts spreading over their body. It has already been three weeks since mine started and I still have a long way to go with the rash still healing. But I am definitely in a much better place than I was. My biggest problems now are the exhaustion from not sleeping and the severe stomach cramps. Today at work I had one long cramping session that probably only lasted a minute or so but felt like it went on for five minutes. And it was so painful it literally doubled me over and had me in tears. I will be so thankful when this too passes and I can completely move on from all of this. And hopefully, never have any flare ups or have to deal with it again.
This past Monday September 5th was not only Labor Day, but also me and my husbands 25th Anniversary! (I don’t even feel like we are old enough to have such a large anniversary. Insert tears here…) But it’s true, and I can hardly believe it myself. We met in July of 1991 and then he officially asked me to be his girlfriend on September 5, 1991. We were just babies! Well, not really babies but practically babies at 15 and 16 years old. We dated for 10 years before we decided to make it official and get married. So we decided to get married on the same anniversary that we had been celebrating all of those years. So we were married on September 5th, 2000 at a tiny courthouse in Hiram Georgia. Then we ran off to cruise the carribean and had a mini wedding party on our cruise ship. There were no friends or family on the boat with us, so we just celebrated with a bunch of drunken strangers. Then when we returned home, my sisters threw me a surprise reception complete with a real wedding cake and catering. It was such a great experience and I will forever be grateful for the way God brought Allen into my life so young We have truly been blessed in that we have kind of grown up together. And I would’t have it any other way. I am already looking forward to our next 25 years and to see what all is in store for us.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:2-3
Hope you are all having a blessed week! What are you Thankful for today?