Hello... three months later! It's been acrazy three months. I keep meaning to blog, but then I get sidetracked by something else. Yep, that's how it always goes.
So a lot has happened in the past few months. First of all, I did graduate my local community college magna cum laude a few weeks after my last post. I needed a 3.75 GPA and I earned a 3.77 GPA. It was close, but I achieved that dream.
Since then, I've made the decision to accept my offer from Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYUI). I'm moving in early September to pursue my Bachelor's in English. I'm given 4 years to complete my degree, since I have autism. I have 1 1/2 times the amount of time given to the average student to complete my degree. I'm so thankful for the Americans with Disabilities Act!
As far as my health goes, it's been crazy.
Here's what I feel comfortable sharing with the whole wide world.
I had my autoimmune disease check up in early June. Based off the blood work results then, my doctor did not deem it necessary to test me for celiac disease. My iron levels were where they needed to be. I was shouting praises to the Lord! A severe dietary restriction like that was the last thing I needed. The very last thing. Such a tender mercy.
My doctor is 99% certain I have idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP). It's a pretty rare autoimmune disease that causes lower red blood cell counts in the blood, and interferes with platelets correctly clotting/coagulating. While I had the iron deficiency simultaneously, I was consistently and constantly EXHAUSTED BEYOND WORDS. I had no energy. I'd sleep for 11 hours and want to sleep for a few more days. I was dizzy and lightheaded all the time. I couldn't concentrate. So the iron infusion my doctor ordered for me was a game changer, and I'm so thankful to be in good medical hands. Not every doctor cares. Many are sadly just in it for the money. But my doctor is the best.
I'm going back to him in a week and a half and he'll be putting me on a 3-day steroid treatment. This will serve as an "experiment" as he put it, to confirm my diagnosis 100% for him. The steroid should skyrocket my platelets. They may or may not stay up or go down. That's not super important, since my counts are stable. What matters is that my counts do go up. This will convince my doctor that I have ITP and continue my course of treatment. My doctor is a watch and wait doctor, which is my cup of tea. I don't believe in taking all the medications in the world to get better as soon as possible. I like to let my body heal itself and be patient with it, supplementing it with the necessary medical care required. I'm confident in my doctor and his judgment concerning what I need.
All in all, it's not fun having this autoimmune disease, but my counts are a stable 46k. So many people deal with fluctuating counts, from 6k one day, to 0 the next, and 15 the day after that. Trials come and go... but the Savior is Kind through it all. Keep your eyes on Him and you will be safe through it all.