The same beautiful, shining sun we had yesterday, is shining through my sewing room, and I'm ready to get sewing! I needed to take some personal days this week, but I'm starting to feel better now. On Monday I had an out of town appointment with a new doctor that I had both been looking forward to and was nervous about seeing for a couple of months now. I haven't had any real luck with treating the autoimmune skin problems I struggle with, and was hopeful that this new set of eyes might be able to offer something that would be successful. Well, at my appointment it was first thought that there might be a link to what's been going on with my skin and my gluten intolerance, but they needed to look over my biopsies and pathology reports to be certain. It would be a huge inconvenience to my family if everyone had to go gluten free here at home because of my severe sensitivity, but it was something. A first, possible explanation for this. So while the doctor looked over everything, we left, went shopping, then to lunch, and when I heard back, they came with something different and new and rare and with not many options for treatment, especially where we live. I had been dealing pretty well with everything, for the most part, for a while now, which is why I haven't felt the need to share anything here since the last time. But this appointment just took so much out of me. It really made me sad and I just feel like it had set me back in a lot of ways. I'm going to begin what they recommended for treatment right away, yesterday I had a new appointment, and I have some additional testing to get through over the next several weeks yet. But if/when everything turns out okay I really need to do all I can to accept these things that I can't control as part of who I am now. And more importantly I have to be better to myself than I have been in a long time, beginning right now. As woman and as mothers and because I know many of you have your own autoimmune diseases and personal struggles from your willingness to share with me over the past few years, I know you'll understand what I mean by that.
Blessings and warmth to all of you, today and always!