Friday, May 20, 2016
The miracle of modern medicine has made me a believer and a functioning person again! I don't know if it's a sign of having a weak mind that's subject to being influenced by the placebo effect or what- but the day after I had my shot I woke up, got out of bed, and was amazed to not be in agony. I was getting better - not worse! It's been a few days and I'm walking straighter, have an appetite, and the swelling in my finger has visibly gone completely down. I still definitely have a long way to go - but it is such a relief to be improving! I never expected it to start working so quickly. I feel like I have a new lease on life.
I was super antsy to help build something on the chicken coop with my new found ability. Russell took the morning off of work to help and we built a door. It was SO. MUCH. FUN! For months and months I've wanted to do things, and just totally not been able to even muster the energy and will to try. Hallelujah!
Tess and Molly were nice enough to help us too. It was the perfect weather. Such a beautiful day. It was so fun to have Tess next to me just dumping out screws and trying to poke them into the wood.
They're such good buddies. It's so great to be able to see them play outside firsthand.
And there it is! I might have overdone it a bit, and was pretty worn out for the rest of the day. But it's a start! I feel like I have hope and a future again. I feel so grateful that I was born in this time and place so that I can have this medicine. I feel my privilege pretty keenly. My body was attacking itself and I was slowly losing more and more of my abilities. Without help, I would have had a really rough life ahead of me of pain and disability. I'm so grateful for doctors, researchers, insurance, capitalism, whatever! All the millions of people who have contributed to a society that is able to help me. This sounds like it's turning into an acceptance speech. I'd especially like to thank Russell for his unending dedication to our family, and Mr. Rogers for making this post possible. Thank you.