Friday, January 1
The Treatment Begins
“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow”
~ Orison Swett Marden
Today is the first day of my treatment plan. I was prescribed a regimen of Cyclosporine along with the Prednisone. Cyclosporine is commonly prescribed for transplant patients as an anti-organ rejecting drug. It may also be used in the treatment of arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease to name a few.
This morning before taking this powerful drug, I did a quiet meditation and prayed that this medicine would help to heal me. I was having major problems with the idea of taking even more medicine. Prior to me getting sick, I hardly ever took anything other than Tylenol if I had a headache, and I’ve had countless surgeries without pain meds because I am so freaked out by them. This was a major step for me. But, there I stood at the kitchen counter, glass of water at the ready, and when I opened the blister pack of pills, I was taken aback by the stench of this medicine - EEEEWWWWW! It smelled like skunk. I placed the pills on my tongue and took a big swig of water to wash them down. I felt like a little kid again wanting to hold my nose before taking a dose of medicine.
Even though the odor is wicked, I decided to start a new “Cyclosporine Dance” routine. After swallowing them, I broke out into my own James Brown version of, “I feel good” and did a little dance. My dog joined in as well, so this will be our new ritual to get me through it all!
Affirmation: I feel good! Every day I am getting stronger and healthier.
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