Well, not for the autoimmune disease!
So August flew by so quickly. I couldn't work as much as I wanted, but I was able to work 30-ish hours a week. It's just disappointing sometimes, being a 24-year-old woman with illnesses that hold me back from what I believe to be my full potential. It can be disappointing and disheartening at times.
So a week and a half before my steroid treatment, actually just two days after my last entry, I got sick with yet ANOTHER sinus infection. And when I say sick, I mean hacking sick. It was my fourth case of sinusitis in 6 months and the worst. Yep. It was pretty awful. And when I say pretty, that's an understatement. So you get the picture, yes?
So I was sick enough to go to the doctor and get an antibiotic. She also gave me a steroid shot in my hip. I'm never getting a steroid shot again, unless it's a life or death situation, because it didn't help me feel better and it took longer for me to feel better. Because I had the steroid shot, it was in too close proximity for me to get another one the following weekend. And since I was preparing to move halfway across the country, I didn't have time to do it in Texas.
But my counts were stable, so I wasn't too concerned. We decided we would just check my iron levels and my platelet counts before I moved, so I would have an idea of how quickly to get a hematologist. I got the call 9 days ago--my counts had gone from 43 to 76. For perspective/reference, normal platelets are 150 or higher. This was the highest platelet count I'd had in a YEAR. A year!!
So we'll check my platelets again in a month and see how I'm doing, but the possibility of my body healing itself is more hopeful than it was six months ago, when my platelets continued to decrease in number.
I moved from Texas to Idaho, to study here at BYU Idaho, a week ago. So far my allergies have been much better and I haven't needed Sudafed or Flonase! We should be expecting snow in the next month here, so we'll see if the colder weather agrees with my health.
Back to homework now. Thanks for reading and supporting my random, semi-frequent blog posts.