Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I am very, very lucky.

Tonight I sit here, kids tucked in with Dusty by my side, thinking that I am a very lucky woman.

I would like to take this chance to remind you all of something you probably already know- LISTEN to your body.  If something feels off, look in to it.  Please.

On Saturday I was diagnosed with Steven Johnson's Syndrome, a potentially fatal reaction to medication that I was taking.  This syndrome is not caused by any particular medication.  It is very rare, and is essentially a very severe allergic reaction.  I thought I was going in simply because Dusty insisted on it. I was certain I had a cold and maybe a viral rah. As it turns out, SJS is really serious.  And very scary.  I am lucky that is was caught essentially as soon as the rash began.  Really, as soon as it began to form I was being treated.  

I am getting better.  The rash has cleared up now and the headache has basically gone away.  At this point, I think the biggest thing we're waiting for is for me to come off the medication.  I need the medication- but it makes me feel crappy!

Anyhow, just wanted to tell you all that I am ok.  And I am lucky.  And I really, really appreciate all the love and support that has been sent my way!

Thank you,
Brianna

2 comments:

G-ma M said...

I think Dusty is our Hero for insisting you get medical attention when he felt your condition was too serious to "wait and see." Hats off to Dusty. AND, grandma Val gets the Helpin' Out award for stepping in to do child care and house chores on top of her already busy schedule.
We are all much relieved that you are on the mend Brianna. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon.
The next time you feel like giving Ashley a medical problem to research, could you please just fake a condition, Brianna? Do ya HAVE to do the real illness?

Rich said...

I am so glad that you are getting better. Thanks to Dusty for making sure you went to the hospital and Val for taking care of the kids.

So glad that things are getting back to normal.