Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Health Update

Thanks again for all your prayers. The Cook house continues to be in survival mode. I have been up at the church almost every day the last 2 weeks getting ready for VBS. This is why no update. I have had lots of swelling but only a few hive outbreaks the last few weeks and THANKFULLY they are coming and going rather than lingering. I haven't been back to my Immunologist yet but I did see my OBGYYN yesterday for my yearly. He is the sweet doc that diagnosed my hypothyroidism a little over a year ago. So he spent about 1 hour in my room with me yesterday talking to me about all of this stuff. I of course left a tad overwhelmed. I want to share with you the rundown because I would love for you to pray for me specifically. If you get to much info well I am sorry. I am a married women and it should be a given that I have sex so there you go :):)

My doctor told me not to get pregnant in at least the next 6 months. He said that with my body so out of whack that a pregnancy would only decrease my immune system even more and potentially exacerbate the problem. (this is ok because we want to wait about 1 year anyway) BUT....
Because of all the "stuff" going on with me I can't be on a hormone of any kind - no pill. He wants to make sure that I don't have a latex allergy (apparently people can have a slight allergy to latex and it be ok - except for me right now - any slight allergy is making my body go berserk) so he did blood work and we will know in a week. If I don't have the latex allergy then we will just have to use condoms as our BC of choice but if I do have the latex allergy my sweet doc said "well we will just talk about what to do with this situation next week: :)
Don't get pregnant - Don't use the pill - Don't use a condom - Family Planning????? Does it really work???
Because I have antibodies to my thyroid I am at a great risk of miscarrying when I do get pregnant again. He said that if I were to get pregnant in the next 6 months to call him as soon as the stick changes colors and get in to see him. It appears that with autoimmune disorders your body may recognize the baby as a foreign object and attack it. He said that many women carry babies full term as long as my antibody levels are monitored very closely. He ideally wants me to see him after all of my crazy other stuff levels off and talk with him before we start trying to get pregnant so that he is monitoring it before hand.

For those of you that are praying please pray:
1. I don't have a latex allergy
2. God would not allow me to get pregnant right now - I firmly believe that His plan is perfect but he says to ask and you shall receive. I soooo want more children but I pray that His timing is not now.
3. Pray that if I do get pregnant God would please protect the baby
4. Pray that God would give me strength and endurance to deal with all the craziness that is going on with my body.

I am trying really hard to live life. Most days are ok. Yesterday I had several joints that were swollen bad and so I had to take my goofy pills. I was out at 7:30 last night. Those things knock me off my rocker but some days they are necessary.

I really long to write about something other than my health really soon!!!


Parks Avenue said...

I'm sorry for the craziness. My OB doc thinks that I may have some sort of autoimmune disorder as well because I've had several 12wk miscarriages, with perfectly normal previous ultrasounds prior to with strong heartbeats. It never showed up conclusively in my other pregnancies, but he wasn't sold that it wasn't autoimmune. I had to take progesterone, baby aspirin, heparin injections twice daily, and a progesterone injection weekly. It was alot, and some of it was due to my preterm labor risk, but God did bring our little Davis to us safely. We will be praying for your specific prayer requests and that God reveals Himself even more clearly to you guys as you walk through this time in life.
Sorry for the long comment!

April Brown said...

I love you, my friend! I am so sorry you guys are going through this right now!


Jessie said...

We will continue to pray - that is all very tough to walk through!

Amanda said...

How crazy. Lifting up a prayer for y'all!

Kristin said...

We're praying, Amy! I'm so glad you updated us.

You have sex?! I had no idea!!

Seriously, I'm so sorry you're having to go through this. I think about you alot, and we're certainly praying for healing and that you won't be allergic to latex!

alieta said...

So what we all really want to know is what John's response was to the news! (: Oh, Amy, God is using you in a mighty way and reaching hundreds of children with His gospel through all your work with the story tellers. I know that's why the attacks are so great. Praying for you, dear friend.

Danny and Jennifer White said...

Praying for you.E-mail me your phone number.

Holly S. said...

Hi Amy! I haven't heard from you in a while so I decided to read your blog for an update. I had no idea that all of this was going on. I'm praying for you and I hope we can get together soon.


Holly S. said...

Hi Amy! I haven't heard from you in a while so I decided to read your blog for an update. I had no idea that all of this was going on. I'm praying for you and I hope we can get together soon.


Donna said...

Hey Amy- this is Donna Tucker Ayers- I was just stopping by to check on your blog and saw this post. I have hashimotos (hypothyroid) and we use natural family planning and it has worked for us to space our children. Our good friends teach the classes and if you are interested in knowing anymore about making it work for you these next few months please feel free to e-mail at P.s. I LOVE your notebook- I'm doing one!