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Tuesday January 13th 2009, 2:51 pm
Filed under: Crohn's flare

Last night, when we got home from Urgent Care (again), there was a glorious knitter’s basket outside our door: the very best yarns, cards, a hat, cashmere fingerless gloves–Richard waved each piece in front of my nose but I could barely open my eyes, but let me tell all you local knitters at Purlescence, we were thrilled. I’m still working towards being able to really admire it when I can walk over there a little better.

I answered a text message with three words after we got home and was instantly in the most intense pain for three hours, but I had to let Jasmin know that yes we got it.  I mean, how could I not answer her?  (Well, yeah, I should have let someone else do it.)

So I did not expect today to be great.

I woke up to the phone ringing 8ish? with the UPS guy wanting to know if he could drop it off at the door. Yes. He put the box down at 9:20 and Mom flung the door open and yelled “THANK YOU!” after him.

I’d fallen back asleep and then I woke up with a sense of a profound light bursting over a wall in front of me.

They wanted me at my doctor’s for observation while the Humira went in.  Four epipens today for the first dose.  Lene, you’re right, it stung but oh wow did it feel wonderful to finally have it be going in.

We got home again, I bled some more and collapsed asleep in bed till now.  I am actually sitting up in bed–I can hardly believe it.  Yesterday, moving any single muscle connected to my stomach had me bleeding and barfing, and how many things does that leave you? You can nod your head. You can wiggle your eyebrows. That’s it.  Today is night and day away from that. Not that I want to feel like I do now, but… Hope and the beginning of healing are an incredible thing.

The nurse warned us it’s not instant healing, though; you have to generate new cells. Often takes about a week. But after what I’ve been through, if that week is like right now, I can handle that.  I’ve certainly done worse.

I cannot tell you how much your thoughts, faith, prayers, and messages mean to us and I thank you for taking the time to do it.  God bless all of you.

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Thanks be to God! So glad you are on the road back to health.

Comment by Eileen 01.13.09 @ 8:30 pm

I send gentle healing thoughts your way. May you continue to feel better and put this awful time behind you.

Comment by julie 01.13.09 @ 8:51 pm

Oh, it is so good to hear you are doing better. Blessings on you.

Comment by slimsdotter 01.13.09 @ 8:58 pm

Oh, I am blessed! My friend is better, and God is good! We’ll continue in prayer for you…feel the love.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 01.13.09 @ 9:15 pm

Oh thank goodness. Continued prayers for you and your wonderful, caring family as you get better and better!

Comment by Nancy 01.13.09 @ 9:23 pm

Oh, how wonderful, Alison. My family and I have been praying for you day and night.
Thank you, sweet Lord.

Comment by Lisa 01.13.09 @ 9:33 pm

Oh, praise be!!! Many big hugs and lots of love coming your way.

Comment by Romi 01.13.09 @ 9:40 pm

We are so relieved! though with you on Thursday night (remember way back then?) I also felt that profound assurance that the Lord held you in his hands and would not let go. I echo what Dad said–do not let your grateful relief that you start to feel almost human tempt you to start off running. Take it easy, go slowly. (I’m the oldest, you have to do what I say.) (Please.) I learned with my own injuries/disabilities that MAINTENANCE IS MUCH EASIER THAN RECOVERY. In other words, it’s slower overall to rush off, crash, and have to recover again than to pace yourself and be able to keep going, even though it is not at the pace you wish you could keep. And you are not actually up to the “maintenance” point yet, so take it easy. We love you so much.

Comment by Marian 01.13.09 @ 10:28 pm

Oh how wonderful! I am so very glad. Now you go lie down and sleep while your body heals. We will keep right on with the praying. And God Bless UPS.

Comment by Kit 01.13.09 @ 10:53 pm

Alison, it is wonderful to hear from you today. Hang in there, and relax knowing that we are still here holding you up, and we’re not going to let you leave. Take care of yourself, everything else can wait.

Comment by Lynda Sorenson 01.13.09 @ 11:12 pm

It was *so* good to see you being yourself again on your blog. Take it easy and don’t push too much too fast. Praise God that there are meds like Humira! And may you live to see 100!

*tucking you back into bed to rest & recuperate!*

Comment by Karen 01.13.09 @ 11:21 pm

Thank God!!! I feel like a stone has been lifted from my spirit. Keep on taking care of yourself.

Comment by AmyS 01.14.09 @ 12:42 am

Thank goodness! What else can I say, just what everyone else has said, a weight has been lifted and we are all pleased you are healing.

Comment by Vicki 01.14.09 @ 12:59 am

Iam so ((((Hugging))))You right now.Love ya sending good thoughts and healing prayers.Darcy

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Comment by afton 01.14.09 @ 5:02 am

Still knitting you better, every stitch a prayer.
strength, comfort and health are yours soon!

Comment by marcy 01.14.09 @ 5:20 am

Hooray for medicine! I’m SO glad you are back on the road to recovery. Let yourself get spoiled & pampered right now by those nearest & dearest. All of us will keep sending prayers and good healing energy to you.

Comment by Elizabeth 01.14.09 @ 6:09 am

My my, that is indeed good news! This post is just so good to see and read. 🙂

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 01.14.09 @ 6:15 am

Thank goodness! Now take it easy and let the Humira do its work. Fingers crossed for a quick and complete recovery.

Comment by Claudia S 01.14.09 @ 6:36 am

It generally seems to me as though lace knitting books have rather high-falutin names. It’s a fascination to me that a lace knitting book could be entitled Wrapped in Comfort. What? Lace is not necessarily synonymous with frou-frou?
So I’ve been rather looking forward to seeing what’s next. I expect I’m not the only one. Just as I’m not the only one absolutely delighted that my Alison is getting the treatment she needs.

Comment by RobinM 01.14.09 @ 6:42 am

So glad to hear they “finally” got
their act together and got you the
medicine. Now take it easy and let
it work. Healing thoughts coming
your way.

Comment by Sue H 01.14.09 @ 7:05 am

Hooray! Here’s to a string of better days and healing.

Comment by Channon 01.14.09 @ 7:28 am

May our Father continue to lay His hand on you and heal you. I continue to remember you in my prayers.

“I will life up mine eyes unto the hills, from which cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord.”

Blessings to you and your family.


Comment by Pam Alexander 01.14.09 @ 8:06 am

Thank God. will keep on praying.

Comment by Meri 01.14.09 @ 8:34 am

My heart breaks for your suffering,my prayers are with you for full healing, just take it slow.
And bless your mom..she’s a gem.

Comment by KnittySue 01.14.09 @ 8:47 am

Stay strong, girl, and heal. All those supportive thoughts and words you so generously send to others are now all going your way. Looking forward to your regular posts real soon!

Comment by ilze 01.14.09 @ 9:05 am

I’m deeply grateful for Humira.

Do whatever they say at the doc’s. Healing takes time and you need to take care of yourself for a while. Don’t worry, we still feel loved by you when you’re quiet.

I’m so happy to see you type more than a few words. That says more than any particular sentence. But for now, please skip long posts in favor of healing, OK?

I love you very much. Keep healing, my friend.


Comment by LynnH 01.14.09 @ 9:30 am

Oh honey, I’ve been away for a few days, and I’m soooo glad things are finally working out!
Thinking of you…

Comment by Sandra 01.14.09 @ 9:44 am

The Humira is doing its part, now you do yours and get some rest so your body can work with the medication. It takes a while, but for my son it was a miraculous and complete recovery.


Comment by Marlene 01.14.09 @ 10:26 am

So happy to hear your medicine got there.
Rest and let the meds work for you.

We love you Alison and I hope that love makes it’s way to your immune system and kicks the crud out!

Comment by Mari 01.14.09 @ 10:29 am

Delighted to hear you’re feeling better. Now please take it easy, and let yourself heal! Yeah, you, back away from the keyboard…we’ll all be here when you’re well. 🙂

Comment by RobinH 01.14.09 @ 10:52 am

((((( Gentle Hugs)))))

Comment by Mona 01.14.09 @ 10:54 am

Still praying for you and your family. Wishing you strength and good healing.

Comment by LisaK 01.14.09 @ 11:48 am

Yeeeeees! Big sigh of relief. And Sam sends his love, too.

Comment by Gigi 01.14.09 @ 12:19 pm

Thank goodness! Let the healing begin!

Comment by Kathleen 01.14.09 @ 2:45 pm

Just found out about your travails. Hugs and all the good thoughts I can possibly send your way — are hitting you right about now. Hope they help the Humira work well and fast.

Comment by Cathy-Cate 01.14.09 @ 5:41 pm

What a Beautiful Day today is despite the snow falling here in MO 🙂
I am so glad you got your meds and are feeling better!

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 01.15.09 @ 8:17 am

That was such a sweet gift. I wish I was close enough to drop some love off in person. ::hugs::

Comment by Alicia 01.16.09 @ 8:57 am

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