‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Checking In... Sorry for the Absence


It's been a rough few weeks. I'm dealing with almost daily pain from this auto immune issue. It's hard to just keep Anastasia happy, keep the house clean, the animals fed and the bills paid. Blogging has just become a casualty of this new lifestyle. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't depressed. It's hard. I'm putting ALL my energy into being a good mom, since I have to spend so much time just resting or dealing with the pain. It's just hard to think of giving up time to write. I'm sure that'll change when I'm feeling better, but so far there has only been two days I've been pain free. And on those days we got out of the house and celebrated with visits to the beach and things like that.

Thank you so much for any of you who have been thinking of me or praying for me to get better. I cannot express how grateful I am for that. As soon as I'm feeling better, I will be back here posting every day. From what I've heard and read, this syndrome is at its worst in the first 4-6 months after the initial salmonella exposure. I got sick about January 1st, so I'm counting on feeling better by May! I'm really holding on to that belief.

I'll still read your comments once a week, so don't hesitate to post them! Love to you all, my friends:)
PS: The photo is me at age 18 months. Just thought it was cute. I hate posts without photos...so I had to find something...

22 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're still alive! I'm sorry things have been stressful lately. I hope things improve soon!

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  2. May is only two months away. Though I am sure it must feel like eternity with what you are going through. I am thinking about you and hoping that this horrible illness somehow goes away.

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  3. I have been wondering about you and hoping that you were ok. I pray that you have many more pain free days in the future and praying that you escape this illness.

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  4. I'm sorry for all you're going through, life seems to have a way of kicking us doesn't it. i hope you find yourself stronger each day, i am sending good and healing thoughts to you.

    take care

    sal xxx

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  5. Daily pain is very draining. Make sure you validate that to yourself every now and then. I know you'll strike a balance.

    Keeping fingers and toes crossed for you in May!

    Ashley

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  6. You were an adorable toddler!
    I so know just what you are going thru. I was sick with sarcoidosis when my three big kids were little. It was really hard on them. Dad was deployed all the time, and mom was sick constantly. My oldest (who was 4 to 7 when I was really sick) often made sandwiches for her and the rest of the kids for dinner. I was frequently in the hospital relying on friends to watch my kids. It is a good thing that Anastasia can do lots for herself. There were times when my kids needed me to do something as simple as wipe their bottoms, and it was so difficult for me get the energy to do that. But we made it thru. You will too.
    I hope that remission comes quickly for you. You are in my prayers.
    -Kerry

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  7. Glad to hear you're still hanging in there. I, too, know that living with daily pain is extremely difficult. I'd be celebrating my good days, too. I hope you find relief soon. We miss you here in blogger land!

    During my worst flare times, one thing I found most helpful was to make sure I said hello to Mr. Sun at least once every day. Open up the blinds and let him in the house at the very least. Even better, drag yourself out to the back porch and let him kiss your face for a few minutes. Yup - get the most out of the experience by facing directly towards the sun and soaking in the rays. You'll even benefit from doing this on cloudy or stormy days. You don't have to be out there very long, but boy, does it ever make a difference - both with the pain and with the depression.

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  8. I miss you :) I have auto immune disease too!.. Graves.. and have been fighting fatigue and depression lately too..

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  9. I hope you get well soon, and more importantly I hope you dont get depressed. may God give you the strength that you need.

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  10. Sorry that you're feeling so low.
    You have a lot of friends here that think about you a lot and wish you the fastest healing.
    I'm one of many.
    Take care and give your lovely girl a kiss from me.
    SHxxxxx

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  11. I do think of you and hope you are feeling a little bit better each day..hopefully spring and better weather will bring some healing rays...

    I love your toddler picture, btw!

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  12. Keri, so glad to hear from you! Praying for your healing from this salmonella induced autoimmune disease. Hang in there and know there are many who care and are praying for you. jeri

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  13. love and prayers to you! I am sending out love and healing on an angel with tie dye wings.

    Kisses,

    Lydia

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  14. You've been nominated for the Lemonade award. Come visit my blog to claim it. Hope you're feeling better!

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  15. Hi Kerri, I check back everyday to see how you guys are doing. I hope you've been feeling better. I'm praying for you and Anastasia.
    Blessings to you, Kelley

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  16. Just want to let you know that here is one more blogger who has been thinking of you....

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  17. Just getting back into reading and writing on e-blogger. So sorry to read of your illness, but impressed by how you are managing - you are so, so determined and positive. I wish you all the best for a speedy and full recovery
    Ruth

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  18. Kerri - Just checking your blog. I so hope you are feeling better. You will be in my prayers, and Anastasia too.
    -Kerry

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  19. How cute were you! i've been away for a bit too, sometimes when there's so mucg going on blogging becomes a casualty. No need to feel bad, you must focus on getting yourself well again, we'll all be here when you're ready. #take care of yourself xXx

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  20. I've also nminated you for a lemonade award!
    Hope you are feeling better.

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  21. I hope you guys are doing OK! I miss hearing from you!

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  22. Hope you feel better.

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