Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dangers Untold

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If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, 
who gives generously to all without finding fault, 
and it will be given to you.  
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, 
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, 
blown and tossed by the wind.  
James 1:5-6 NIV

When you are the parent of a child with special needs you REALLY have all you can handle as far as paperwork, and research, and reports to read.  I can't tell you how many times I have to go through and shred old reports in  order to make room for more. When I recently had to get the last three years of my daughter's medical records transferred as part of an application for medicaid, it totaled 581 pages.  That was three HEALTHY years...I wonder how much it would have been if we included the year she had cancer???

So, this week, when I, myself, was put on antibiotics for an infection decided "I don't know why" to actually READ the paperwork that came home with me from the pharmacy; I was SHOCKED by what I learned.  

Cipro...my daughter is prone to recurrent bladder infections/UTIs, so we have had experience with this antibiotic in the past.  We have chosen to ask for an alternative because I recall her having a poor reaction as an infant to it.  But, when it was prescribed for me, I thought nothing of it, until now.
Tammie, what does this have to do with God?  
What does this have to do with faith?  
Why are you blogging about this when you're usually writing more spiritual?  

Well, in the book of Proverbs we are told:
  
How much better to get wisdom than gold,
    to get insight rather than silver! 
Proverbs 16:16 NIV
 
So, today, I give you gold!  
 
You see, I had an issue with a tendon in my shoulder early last fall.  I've since had some discomfort at certain times; when I work out, and sometimes when I'm getting dressed-but it has been pretty good.  However, I read in the "adverse reactions" section of my Cipro paperwork from the pharmacy that there has been incidents where Cipro has been linked to tendon issues like tendonitis and Achilles tendon ruptures.  
 
Ummm...say what now?
 
I started thinking back to some of my friends I know who have had certain infections in the recent years and, huh....some of them have ALSO ruptured their Achilles tendon or had a different Achilles tendon "diagnosis."   
 
DID THEY KNOW THERE WAS A CORRELATION?

Not to mention that the paperwork I had also said that the injury can happen MONTHS after Cipro was taken.

Seriously?  Why wasn't I told this directly?  Why wasn't this brought to my attention?  
 
HOW MANY PEOPLE READ THROUGH THE SEVEN PAGES OF PAPERWORK THAT COME WITH THE MEDICATIONS?

Today, I felt moved to TELL others about this.  God placed it on my heart that THIS is something he brought to MY attention because I needed to let others know.  

READ THE FINE PRINT 

I know, we are tired, and we have too much other stuff to read.  But...OH MY GOODNESS...what else goes unsaid?  

How will anyone know the TRUE NUMBERS of incidents of tendon issues after using Cipro if people don't ever KNOW that there MIGHT BE a CORRELATION and they should report their issue?

I'm not claiming that Cipro, or any other medication with possible side effects is horrible.  I'm not arguing that anyone should or should not take this medication.  What I'm saying here is that there are a LOT of things that go unsaid out there in the medical world when we're trying to get our child or ourselves taken care of.  We actually, at times, carry the burden of knowing their medical history better than the specialist who sits in the room with us.  

But if we ASK God for the WISDOM we need to protect our children and be their strongest ADVOCATE, He will be faithful.  He has promised.  

Pray:  Heavenly Father, the medical world is fast, busy, crowded, and intimidating; but you have equipped us for our lives.  With you, and only with you, we will be able to navigate these challenging waters.  Please, grant us the knowledge we need, the wisdom, the discernment, and the foresight to be the best parents, caregivers, and advocates that we can for our children and for ourselves.  Amen.




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