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Adrenal Insufficiency

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The last couple weeks have been miserable.  I didn’t feel well.  I couldn’t eat.  I was running a low grade fever.  I felt nauseous all the time.  I had no energy. It took everything I had to do anything. 

Last Friday, after consulting with my favorite nurse at U of M (Sarah), I went to Spectrum’s ER.  Jill was kind enough to drive me there.  The down side is that Jill doesn’t work at Spectrum so I didn’t get the star treatment like I do at Holland Hospital.  I must say we arrived at the perfect time because we could walk right in.  They took an MRI of my noggin and found no new activity and the other tumor spots were non existent.  Praise God!  I called Sarah at U of M the following Monday to find out if this means I’m in remission and it doesn’t.  It means my disease is stable. 

I still felt sick this past week and began vomiting again with low grade fevers, slight headaches, fatigue, etc.  On Friday I called my favorite U of M nurse and she insisted that I come to their Urgent Care.  Jill and I hopped in the car and off we went.  It’s a 2 1/2 hour drive, but an easy one.  It was fun to go with Jill too.   She has quite the singing voice. 

When we got there I had a blood draw.  It was a type of draw I hadn’t had before.  Lots of blood and they had to draw from two different sites.  Then I went for a chest x-ray.  Finally up to the infusion floor where they pumped me with two bags of IV fluids and some meds.  The best news of the day is that the blood work showed what was wrong with me!  I have adrenal insufficiency.  They adjusted my meds, gave me new ones and I feel much better already.  Thank God!  I can’t completely describe what it feels like to have that insufficiency, but at times I felt like I was suffering.  It’s horrible.  I’m so thankful God put the right people in front of me to urge me to get help (Dusty and Jill), led me to the right place (U of M), ordered the right tests (lab work) and presented the diagnosis to the PA.  God is awesome.  Oh and the chest x-ray was fine. 

So that was my life the last two weeks.  Not fun.  Miserable. Challenging.  But I got through it and feel so much better!

I was happy to make it to Crazy Horse.  That was a great night.  To see all those people and the kindness of the owner, manager, waitstaff and everyone who works there to donate their time and wages.  It was amazing.  Thank you to everyone who came, ate AWESOME food and had a good time.  It was nice to see some of you. 

God Bless! 

P.S.  I’d like to give a special shout out to Mr. Lowe’s seventh grade class! 

25 Responses to “Adrenal Insufficiency”

  1. Marianne Coughenour says:

    Lindy, you know what I wish? I wish that everyone who cares about you, including me, could take your illness for one day and let you have the gift of health for each of those days. If that could happen, you would have months of health! Instead we keep storming heaven for your healing.
    God give you a good Sabbath day.

  2. barb baumann says:

    I’ve been thinking of you every day…and my prayers continue.
    I too am thankful for your friends…for U of M and how God put everything in place for you:)

    God Bless!
    In His Grip, barb

  3. Jana Ver Beek says:

    I’m really thankful that the new meds are already working for you. You looked great last night. Praying that God continues to hold you all up.
    Love you all!!

  4. Dani says:

    THANK GOD! I am Thrilled that you ar feeling better.

  5. Tiffany Timmer says:

    I am SO HAPPY to see another post from you! I have been checking every day, and it seems like it has been awhile, so I was getting nervous! 🙁 But I am so glad to hear that you have things all sorted out now, and finally have a reason as to why you’ve been so sick! Thank the Lord for putting those “right” people in your life, to figure this all out and help keep you healthy! 🙂 I hope that you continue to feel better and better this week, so you can get back to being such a great Mom! 🙂 It’s hard to do everything else, and take care of your kids, when you are so sick. And I know the guilt must kick in, of not doing as much as you would like to! So I hope and pray that this week, you are back to full strength and back at it! Love you! 🙂

    Matt, Tiff, & Summer

  6. Karen says:

    Isn’t our God amazing !

  7. Niki Heil says:

    Dear Lindy and Dustin,
    One journey after another – so thrilled that you have a good nurse friend in Jill to advocate for you and push you when you don’t feel well enough to do so yourself to find answers and then treatment for that which you suffer from. We would still love to visit with you with Terry when it is a good time for you – just let us know. God bless you and your family with a renewed energy and joy in these last few weeks of fall before the snow flies! Love, KINS

  8. Jana Ver Beek says:

    Next time you have to go to Spectrum….shout out my name!! After 28 years there they should give all my “peeps” exceptional service!! 🙂

  9. Maryann says:

    So glad you are feeling better.

  10. Carol and Dann Stouten says:

    Several people at Community Reformed Church are praying for you and your family. We will thank and praise God for putting the right people, at the right time in your path! Know that people who don’t even know you personally are praying and concerned. We are all part of the FAMILY, and when one hurts, we all hurt. Keeping you bathed in prayer.
    Carol and Dann Stouten
    Community Reformed Church

  11. Aunt Carole says:

    Dear Lindy, It is such a blessing to hear that things are improving again for you! How thankful we are for you for such an awesome husband and great friends like Jill! God’s plan for your life was unfolding before you were even born when He put it in your Mom & Dad’s heart to build their house where they did. How we praise God for His sovereign plan! We must never take it for granted, and we must never slack off on our praying for you and your family. We continue to follow God’s spirit at He leads us in prayer for you all. “He lead-eth me! O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! What-e’er I do, where-e’er I be, Still ’tis God’s hand that lead-eth me!” Hold on tight to His hand, Lindy – He will never let go! Love & Prayers always…

  12. Chris Lowe says:

    Thanks for the shout out, Lindy! My students felt so famous. So glad to hear that you are feeling better, and that God is putting the right people and situations in your path to continue your journey of healing. We will continue to lift you up in prayer every Monday-Friday morning @ 7:45. God Bless, Woman. 🙂

    Chris (the guy with the girly car) Lowe

  13. Marian says:

    Thank God for a medical staff, and friends, and students, and most of all a God that cares for you. I am praising God with you for the adjustment of meds that help you feel better. God is good!

  14. Tina Amaya says:

    Lindy – So glad to see that you are feeling better and that things are in place for now. We were so excited to be a part of the night at Crazy Horse…. Keaton LOVED his shrimp. It was a great thing to hear that the wait was 1 1/2 hours .. that meant that there was lots of people! Just a testimony to how much you and your family are loved. Hope you have a great Weds. Tina

  15. Jana Ver Beek says:

    I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend getaway. What fabulous weather for almost mid-November! Did you do the bobsled course?? I saw Jen Ten Harmsel when I picked Brooklyn up at school on Friday and she said something about it!
    Have a good week…nice weather to enjoy!

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