Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Hello Friends,

Just a brief update of life.  I'm home from Denver, where I had a fantastic time! A few prayer requests, if you will...

My last calculus test is this Thursday, 4/30.
Finals-May 4,6, &7.
I'm taking an incomplete in calculus, which just means I'll finish it up a bit later.  I'll be taking the calculus final probably the week of May 13th.
I'd really like to do well on these finals.  My finals are worth 30%, 40%, and 45% in my classes other than calculus; they are also cumulative; given my reduced concentration with the steroids, I would greatly appreciate prayers that I do well on these.

As of today, my blood counts are at a 10.9!
I will begin an 8-week steroid taper tomorrow.  The taper, and resulting withdrawal symptoms have their own horrible side-effects, that I'm not looking forward too!
Leg/foot muscle cramps/spasm-they have gotten significantly worse, as you may have read in my Denver posts.  They do not allow me much rest at night, as I wake up often with them, and the pain associated with them leaves me quite tired.  They are extremely painful, and there isn't anthing that relives them. Also, for the remainder of the day afterward, my legs are very achy and weak. Please pray these would resolve, and I'd be able to get proper rest.
General achiness-steroids are known for causing body aches, but some specific areas have been my right elbow and knee, and lower back, that have been especially intense for me.
Insulin pump-the shots before every meal have gotten really old...please pray that I would speedily be able to get an insulin pump!

In conclusion, a verse I heard on the radio last night.

The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31 (emphasis mine)

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