• Crohn's Disease has been enjoying a major flareup this summer, with no sign of abating. I had been putting out the fire, so to speak, with large doses of Prednisone. Turns out I can't do that any more, because:
• Sustained use of high-dose Prednisone has knocked my blood pressure wayyyy up into dangerous territory (160/98!) and also knocked my fasting blood sugar levels wayyyy up into, you guessed it, dangerous territory (131!) as well. So I can now add hypertension and pre-diabetic to my list. Yay!
• All of the above has left me a prisoner in my own home most days, as I simply cannot be far from a bathroom any more, at least not until things settle down or I major-medicate with stuff to keep me out of the bathroom...but using this stuff always comes with a heavy price later.
• My only remaining relative from the previous generation (apart from my father, about whom the less said the better, except to mention that whoever said, "Only the good die young" must have known him) is my mother's kid sister, my aunt, and she is dying of liver failure due to complications from iron therapy for chronic anemia. She is not expected to survive the summer.
• Two dear friends have died from colon cancer recently, practically back to back. As I said a few weeks ago, for the sake of all the people who love you, get a friggin' colonoscopy.
• My daughter is going through some rough times herself, dealing with depression and feelings that she has little worth. She is probably not going to go back to University in the autumn. Her stint there has been both expensive and unsuccessful, and until she finds some direction, as well as some help for her depression, she has returned to the nest and is attempting to enter the work force while figuring out what she wants to do with her life. Right now she is working your basic college-kid summer job at an amusement park, and hates it. We are hoping she will turn up something that better suits her soon. (On a side note, be nicer to the kid who makes sure your seat belt is fastened on the roller coaster, OK?)
So clearly my attention has been focused more on the day-to-day rather than on you, my dear audience, although I love both of you dearly.
More when I can!