Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I am posting to ask that you pray. It's actually something very specific I need prayer for and although I rarely talk about my health on here I wanted to ask you to lift it up something that is important to me. If you are new to reading my blog it will be 7 years this coming April that I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis. It's not the mild, I feel "yuck" every so often kind of arthritis; it's the "hard to get out of bed and dress yourself or write or hold a toothbrush kind." I have been on just about every drug they offer,only to become VERY ill and most recently (last April & May) spent 8 weeks in and out of the hospital, and in bed.

It will be 5 months this week that I have been treating myself naturally with food and supplements. I have been seeing a Homeopathic Dr. once a month who has been a life saver along with me doing acupuncture and getting massages all of which are helping but there is still always this constant underlying pain that I deal with all day every day and night. Not to mention our insurance won't pay for anything that is NOT traditional medicine so it is getting VERY expensive.

My friend who works at Loma Linda mentioned to me on Sunday that they have a pain management clinic there and she knew the people who ran it and would see if they would take me. She called Monday and said our insurance would cover it and the Dr. did want to take me on. The only thing was I had to get my regular Rheumatoligist to agree to send me there. I prayed and called this morning and they said they would put the request in today. Please pray they follow through and I am accepted. If I can get into this pain clinic they offer acupuncture and also pool therapy which I really believe would help with some of the daily pain and weakness I am having. I am VERY committed to staying clear of traditional drugs they use for RA due to the fact that I am convinced they made me VERY ill and I have no plans of riding in an ambulance again anytime soon. ;) I am committed to taking care of myself for my husband and my family and to be positive through it all. The hardest part really is looking fine on the outside and yet being in pain 24 hours a day. It starts to wear on your nerves and sleep and everything.

Please pray my referral goes through. Pray the clinic can take me. Pray they have ideas to keep my joints limber and moving. Pray for my heart as I struggle through living with this crazy disease and seeking Gods will in how he desires to use me in that. Thank you so much and I will keep you posted on what happens in the next few weeks. :)


Anonymous said...

Yes, we will pray!

jo said...

we are praying--thanks for opening up! let us know if we can do anything--babysit--meals--whatever

MLasch said...

Oh Christy,
Of course I will be praying. You are such an inspiration to me.

Jeff and Aimee said...

I will be praying, Christy.

Jessica said...

Ah, I will be praying friend. What a blessing that would be. I ditto Jo... please let us know if you need any help!

Brigitte said...

Glad to hear that the natural method is working some. But will keep praying that the new ventures work out! Stay strong my friend and as always thanks for being such a profound example!

Stacy Y said...

always praying for ya friend :-)

Rhonda said...

Absolutely praying for you friend.
I am about 1 month into a prayer venture with a friend. She and I will both be praying for you and we will add you to our list for our Wednesday evening prayer time too.
Love you!

Crystal said...

I will be praying. xoxo

Anonymous said...

I will be praying for you. I can't imagine being in constant pain.
Debbie Walters