No Pain

Thankful Thursday

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Exactly one year ago today, I enjoyed a day completely free of pain. I know this because it was so remarkable that I made a note of it on my calendar. Why? So that I would be able to express my thankfulness to God—every year on this day—for that special, pain-free day in 2012.

And to remember that it is good for me to be thankful for everything in my life.

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Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. —Psalm 100:4

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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. —Hebrews 12:28

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While I’m in this thankful attitude, I’d like to update you a bit on my ongoing health issues. The new medication I started in December did absolutely nothing except make me feel worse, so I ended that trial run in mid-February. This is typically the way Rx meds work for me—they don’t! I believe that is part of the many sensitivities I have from FMS, which include light, sound and chemicals.

I was very discouraged by the failure of this medication, but more so because even though I was no longer taking it, I started feeling much worse—and I didn’t know that was even possible. Since last May, I have been eating gluten-free and dairy-free, and slowly discovered that I also cannot tolerate soy and peanuts. These foods cause extreme GI distress plus nauseous migraines.

My most recent gut-wrenching (literally) allergy discoveries were onions and garlic. Both my parents were born and raised in Italy and immigrated to the USA in the late 40’s. I was raised in an Italian household where tons of garlic and onions were included in the wonderful food Mom made for us. So I was very sad to have to give up these savory foods. How does one cook great Italian food without being able to add onions and garlic anyway?

Around that same time I had a very bad reaction to eating popped sorghum, which is very similar to popped corn but much better for me according to the glycemic index. And then I had a light bulb moment. I had been having several really bad days, so I searched through my food diary and realized I had eaten the popped sorghum for a snack two days in a row. And then on a hunch, I checked out the ingredients list of a crunchy cereal I have been eating practically every day since last May.When I saw that sorghum was the main ingredient, I knew I had been slowly poisoning my body with sorghum.

You see, sorghum flour is slightly sweet and a good addition to many gluten-free foods and baking mixes, and I had been adding a crunchy sorghum cereal to my regular cereal—I absolutely love me some major crunch in my cereal!

Most people who have to eat gluten-free can easily tolerate sorghum, but apparently not yours truly.  I like to have cereal for breakfast because it is easy and doesn’t require any cooking—a must for this definitely UN-morning person! And the only time I vary that routine is if I’m away from home, which is not that often.

So I had been consuming some sorghum almost every single day for a good 10 months! Plus I had eaten the popped sorghum as a snack for several days in a row.

My body was absolutely rebelling, and now I know why.

It has been about 3 weeks since I stopped eating any kind of sorghum and I had to give away about a dozen different gluten-free baking mixes that contain sorghum. BUT what a huge improvement in how I feel! I still have migraines when we’re experiencing a nasty weather front up here in the mountains, but my energy level is improving and I am not sleeping as much of my life away these days.

I’m starting to feel like I have the “new normal” me back—you know, the one with those chronic illnesses but who is still able to get through most of my days without feeling like I am constantly being run over by a semi.

Thank You, Lord!

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Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. —1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Beloved, how about you? What are you thankful for today?

AnnaSmile

6 thoughts on “No Pain

  1. Gosh Anna, I’m rejoicing that you’ve gotten a handle on some of the issues, but so sad that you’re having more issues! Praying the Lord eases your symptoms and blesses you with strength and energy today. (And I hope this is a calendar-making day in 2013!)

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    • You know, Susan, I am so thankful for the Lord’s grace. I wrote this post last week or the week before when I saw the date on my calendar. I was feeling fairly well when I wrote the post, but today is a really awful day for me. I don’t think I would have had the emotional stamina to have written the above today, know what I mean?

      I am going to keep this remembrance on my calendar, though, so I can celebrate every year. To me it is like the altars our OT ancestors built to give thanks to God for certain things.

      Thanks always for your prayers!

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  2. What am I thankful for today?
    Your question would be easier to answer in reverse – that is, I have nothing to be UNthankful for.

    Anna, you shame me.
    I so greatly admire people like you who live with constant pain and problems. I know God gives us strength according to our need, but I don’t know how I’d cope in situations like yours.

    I praise our incredibly amazing God that He supplies all our needs and enables and empowers us to be His Light in this dark world. Thank you for the light you shine here.

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    • Cloudwatcher, you’re right on target when you say that we have nothing to be UNthankful for — especially if we are believers in Jesus Christ’s saving grace!

      And please don’t admire me. I struggle with things like everyone else and my aim is always to show that we can have joy and hope even *because* of our circumstances, not merely in spite of them. That is how I am able to cope. Granted, there are days when I don’t do it as well as others, but God knows my heart and I am content with that.

      I asked Him awhile back to enlarge my world since I am housebound so much, and He has more than answered my prayers by providing me this way of showing HIS light to others! All praise, honor and glory go to Him!

      Blessings & love!
      ~Anna

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