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Valley Fever Journey~ Chapter 5

I was so sick. I had never been this ill in my entire life. (Feel free to read Chapters 1-4 of my journey for just how sick!) I was in the hospital for 11 days, waiting for a diagnosis of what was wrong with me.

One diagnosis came early, Sweets Syndrome, a “very rare inflammatory skin condition, or Acute Febrile Neurtophilic Dermatosis.” Say that three times real fast! That explained one set of rashes.

On October 18, 2020 I received the diagnosis that I was praying it wasn’t.  Valley Fever, or Coccidioidomycosis.  Apparently, I inhaled a fungus which causes “a disease especially in humans and domestic animals found in dry soils of the southwestern U.S., Mexico, and Central America. It can be asymptomatic or present as a mild to serious flu-like illness marked chiefly by fever, cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, and pneumonia but sometimes becoming disseminated beyond the lungs especially to the skin, bones, joints, and meninges resulting in painful lesions, swollen joints, or meningitis.”

After the suggestion that I could have this, I prayed for any other result.  They ran several tests.  But if you know me, you know that I looked up all of them.  This one I did not want, others could go away…this one would not.

Thankfully, early diagnosis is a key.  Many of my friends that live in the Southwest(FB support group) have gone undiagnosed for years.  This resulted in dissemination, loss of lung, limb, meningitis and in some cases, death.

Fast forward….I am so much better.  I am now going to the ID doctor once every six months, so this month I will go back.  I have lesions, nodules and a cavity in my left lung as of six months ago, and my titer has been 1:2 for an entire year.  This reading indicates an active disease, but a good reading.  I am praying it is >1:2 this time around, which would indicate dormancy.

Those of you who have experienced “fatigue” know there is a marked difference in it and “being tired.”  That has improved as well.  I am walking 3-4 miles a day, which is a long way from using a walker for two months.

I still have joint and muscle pain, but it is tolerable.  I “eat to live” rather than “live to eat.”  Anyone that knows me well knows I stick to a pretty strict eating plan, and it has helped me.  I do listen to my body and if I overdo it…my Sweet’s Syndrome rash will break out and remind me it is okay to rest.

As I have said so many times..”everyone is dealing with something.” The pressure is on my friends.  But Jesus Christ has never left me, and He never will leave you. He told us in this world we would have troubles…but that He would bring us peace, and that we could take heart, He had overcome it all through His death on the cross. (John 16:33)

So what about my prayer?  Lord, anything but Valley Fever! He did not answer that prayer the way I wanted. I am not sure why, but I trust Him. He did answer my prayer in getting me through it.  Getting me through those tough days and nights when the pain was almost intolerable….bringing me peace when I was not sure what my future would hold.  Sending confirmations of His love through song, Bible verses and other people.

That is good news.  Remember you are never alone.  Once He is your Savior, He will walk with you through every one of those troubles, and friends…there will be troubles.  We live in a very fallen world.

None of us knows what tomorrow holds.  I know that I will always have to be mindful with my Valley Fever and whatever else this body has to endure. I know that it is okay.  No matter what, He will get me through it.

Jesus Christ is our only true Hope.

I am so grateful for those of you that prayed for me and took time to continue to check on me.  You were used to encourage us.

My prayer for you is that as you deal with the trials of this life, you will have the peace that only He can give. 

~Be Encouraged Today~

   Tammy

A New Arrival

Finally. The second novel in the UNEXPECTED GIFT series has arrived.

“FICTION THAT ENCOURAGES.”

I wrote another book in between, “Seaside Change-A Novella, 30 Day Devotional and Discussion Guide.” Then, there were several bumps in the road the last three years with my Valley Fever illness, skin cancers and our global pandemic! But it is finally “live” on Amazon!! I have copies coming soon.

The first book in the series, “Peace in the Midst” came out before our first granddaughter was born in 2018. Now, our second granddaughter is about to be born and the second one is coming out! They are my inspiration.

I told my daughter-in-love that there is one more book in the series, she declined to be part of the inspiration. LOL

I have attached an “ad” that I finally paid for on FB since I could not get around the algorithm. Oh well, hopefully it will be worth the extra cost.

These books have been in my heart for over 28+ years. Many excuses were made to “not do it.” God’s timing is perfect and He has helped me through this process. I have learned to edit, proof, use tools in which to make myself a better writer.

I have been so fortunate to have teachers and friends who could help through the undertaking of writing; as well as a wonderful program I have used for grammar, punctuation, and even passive verbs..which have rocked my world! I taught special education children for years and we must have skipped that part of writing.

I have learned to format for different types of books, create and format covers with the help of my artist husband, who continues to paint the most wonderful canvas paintings. He listens as I try to explain what I am seeing in my head. He has gotten it perfect three times now. I am bragging on him!

Now, am I bragging on myself? I guess a bit. But, I also am encouraging those of you who have something on your heart that you know you are called to do.

Now is the time.

If this 61 year old gal just published her third book in three years, God will equip you to do what He calls you to do!

The series is based on John 16:33(AMP) It has spoke volumes to me since 2018. May it encourage you today.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In this world you will have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.”[My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

aka…T. W. Allgaier

Rocky and the Count

My husband and I love all the “Rocky” movies.  The very first gift I ever received from him was the soundtrack (album) to the original Rocky. rocky-2110778_640

Have you ever felt like you were in the middle of a boxing ring?

Something hits you out of no where and as soon as you get up, another right hook is there to put you down again? 

Anyone?

The last several months has been one thing after another with family members and my personal health.  In fact, all kinds of punches have been leveled. I have been rather sore.

I know that I am not alone.

I kept hearing…  “Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2

I don’t remember Rocky getting hit by Apollo Creed and singing, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” So what gives?

“Count” means to evaluate how we look at something.  So how do we look at these things from God’s perspective?  We know that “…in this world we will have troubles…” (John 16:33), and I believe that these trials are in our life because of the sinful world in which we live, not because we are being punished for something.

But can we learn from them with the right perspective?

“Joy” means an inner sense of well being; deep settled peace…strength, not superficial giddiness.

“Perseverance” means endurance, steadfastness, patience and victory over the trial.

Back to Rocky.

He evaluated his fight.  How did he look at it? fighting-159921_640

With the perspective that he could win.  

He had a deep settled peace and strength.  

And talk about perseverance!  

He trusted his training.  He trusted his trainer.

Made me think.  Do I trust my trainer?  Has He always taught me truth?  Has he been faithful?

So until I know I am to be “down for the count”, this old gal is getting back up! Whose with me?

 

 

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

Illustration credit: Rocky