Monday, October 19, 2015

Day 19 : Hope in the Lord

'But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; 
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
 they shall run and not be weary,
 they shall walk and not faint.'
 (Isaiah 40:31) (NKJV).

It seems I got side tracked the other day talking about music. Let’s try again ..

That moment
 When you think
 Things are settling down
 And life will return to normal,
But instead it gets
Amped up

My pain seemed to be ebbing, so we began working to decrease my steroids. They had to be decrease very slowly so the pain would not come screaming back. I did decrease it to about half before my knees began to swell and the pain began to increase.

 Some Thoughts While I Wait

Primary Care Visit ~ "Here I am  ..again"

Orthopedic Center .. X-rays 
"Wow, that was easy.. x-rays while I stand.. no extra pain"

MRI of knees
"Close your eyes and sing or quote scriptures"

Surgery for torn meniscus
"What? My surgeon prays with me before the surgery? How awesome is that?"

Consult with surgeon
"So my joints look gnarly? Hmmm....."

Back to Mayo Clinic 
Diagnosis ... severe osteoarthritis
"I dawns on me that my grandmother must have had bad arthritis in her knees. I'm moving a lot like she did."

On a whim, my doctor decided to check my blood work again.
Diagnosis … Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.)
"My heart is sinking. I did NOT want to hear this."

As I had feared, the actual problem had been concealed by the steroids The R.A. into a false remission all this time. At least now we could finally treat the “real” issue along with the fibromyalgia. The doctor seemed to be pleased to find the problem and felt confidant that we would be able to easily get things under control. I however was troubled about those words .. "rheumatoid arthritis". I had visions deformed hands. What about playing the piano, that is my greatest stress releaser?

The doctor said I was in the early stages and that we could easily get this under control. He prescribed therapy and more medications. My heart was somewhat lifted and we were encouraged that our waiting was coming to an end. We had some hope that I would once again "walk and not be weary".


I’ve been reading 3-5 Psalms and 1 Proverb every day. I challenge you to give it a try.. Try this one today:

Psalm 19                                   My Joy Dare
Psalm 49                                   1. MRIs
Psalm 79                                   2. Wisdom of doctors
Psalm 109                                 3. excellent surgeons

Waiting & Hoping!


  1. One of my favourite verses that I come back to often. So glad you got some more answers and work towards better management.

    1. thanks for reading. This has been my absolute favorite verse must of my life!

  2. Praying for you sweet one!!!! We are learning a lot about waiting as we embark on journey #2 with cancer. The hubs is a Marine, who handles all news with the same determination, and he is approaching his cancer diagnosis in the same manner. God has prepared us for this journey over the past 22 years of marriage and we trust Him in both the good and bad. The sweet news is that we don't journey alone for sure!!! Praising God that you have had some answers and that you are on a new path of healing. God bless you!!!!!

  3. Thanks for your kind words. It's been a long journey.we're learning a new normal as I learning to manage pain and strength issues. It awesome to have a wonderful husband who has taken every step with me. We still have challenges that we are facing but as you say, Good never leaves us alone.
    GG Mandy


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