A couple of quick updates on Kim’s health.
So it was just one week ago that Kim was diagnosed with shingles and she is doing so-so. She still has some pain from the shingles and is quite easily fatigued, but is managing to continue with her list of things to do. For those of you who know Kim personally, you aren’t surprised by this. Her medications for the shingles have gone well except for the morphine, which she just stopped taking because of her reaction to it. She was given a short bump up on her daily prednisone dose, but she bumps back down tomorrow so we’re hoping that goes well. Last Friday was suppose to be her Humira shot day, but she can’t take the Humira as long as she has a rash.
Speaking of her Humira — we had hoped that there would be enough in her system to keep her symptoms at bay until the rash went away. It doesn’t appear that is the case, though we’re not positive. All we know is that her fingers have started swelling more and she is beginning to feel some pain in joints that she only has pain in when she isn’t on the Humira. It could be that she’s been three weeks now since her last shot, or it could just be her RAD flaring due to her immune system being under the stress of the shingles.
Now for some good news. She had her follow-up pulmonary function test last week and met with the pulmonologist this week to discuss the results. His words, “I’m tickled pink!” Which means we are too! All of her levels stayed the same except one and that one actually improved. This is great news! For now, we will continue the same treatment course we have been on for her lungs and follow up with more tests in six months.
Next week she goes to see her rheumatologist for her scheduled appointment. We’re hoping that the shingles rash will be completely gone by then so that she can go back on the Humira as soon as possible.
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
(Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV)