Asking For Prayers

Well, I wish I could say that I've enjoyed my long, holiday weekend. But I can't. Well, I did have fun Friday night at the football game...my Patriots won! But during the game I started having a throbbing pain in the area where my left ear and jaw meet. It worsened during the night and I thought maybe it was an ear infection....I've never had one before. Because the pain was not constant, I figured it might be in the early stages. I didn't want to over react and fly to the closest clinic, so I went to my local drug store and bought some ear drops and something for pain. I figured I'd go to the doctor on Tuesday. To my surprise, the pain moved away from my ear and only hurt (still intermittently) on the side of my head above my ear. By last night the pain had moved further up my head.

We started getting a little concerned so I went to the clinic today...I'm so thankful they were opened on a holiday! They ruled out ear infection, but couldn't pinpoint anything else other than the fact that it is nerve related. To my horror, they suggested I might be getting shingles and that the rash has not yet appeared. What's more upsetting to me besides the thoughts of the shingles is that they said it would appear on my scalp on the left side of my head where all the pain is! I'm already in pain and I can't imagine anything worse. My hair even hurts to the touch.

The other thought the PA had was that it was chronic nerve pain that's viral and he put me on a steroid and pain meds. He said if that was it, that would make it better. If it's the start of shingles, the rash will appear in a few days. So I guess it might be a waiting game...I'm so tired of feeling bad!

I have decided to call my neurologist tomorrow and let him know what's going on. I've been seeing him for a couple of years for my MANY migraines. I wouldn't be surprised if he tells me to come in for some labwork and scans. When it comes to the brain, you can't be too careful. I know I'll at least feel better about things after talking with him.

Please remember me in your prayers. I have to admit, it's a scary thing for me to think about all of the possibilities I know it could be. I had to demand that Satan leave me alone this morning on my ride to the clinic. My imagination was in overdrive and I found myself crying. I'm not usually a negative person, but when I think about what it would be like to have something terrible happen to take me away from my family, it truly breaks my heart. During this time, I realized what song was playing on the radio, "Voice of Truth", and I found comfort in the words of Christ that have been hidden in my heart. This verse came to my mind: "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged" Deut. 31:8 NIV

I'm so thankful that I have the promises in God's Word to remind me how much he loves me :)


mountain mama said...

will be praying that you will have the peace that passes all understanding.

God bless~

mountain mama said...

how are you feeling???