I want to warn you, that this is going to be a bit of a venting post. I’m sorry since I have been trying to stay clear of the grumbling issues since I seem to hear so many complainers.
So far this weekend it has not been a good one and I have not been impressed to say the least.
On Saturday Chuck looks at his car to see what is wrong with it since water or should I say ice was coming from it. He didn’t put antifreeze in it and cracked the block. So that is probably $1000.00 that will be going out when it would have costed under $10.00 to fill with anti-freeze. Enough said on that or I will write a book about how ticked I am about that.
Then today at church, this lady ticked me off. She doesn’t know she did, but she did. She waits around for a bit after church and then I go to say hi her husband and her. I won’t go into names. But I was ticked when she had to make it a point to tell me that it looks like I gained some weight. And I explained to her that I take steroids and she should know the effects of the steroids since she use to be a nurse. Her husband then proceeded to tell me he understood. Well, no he doesn’t. There is no way he would because he is thin as a rail and probably soaking wet he is 150 pounds. But then, why should I have needed to explain anyhow since it was none of their business to begin with. Then they thought it was a good idea to invite me out to lunch, which they always do. The audacity of the whole thing blew me away.
My medical things is something that I don’t like to share with the world and those who I think need to know, knows. Usually when I get put on a prayer request page at church I get 20 questions and I hate that. I don’t think I need to explain what is going on to begin with.
I think of people that judge others because they are heavier or whatever else and it makes me mad. They don’t know what is going on with the other person. There are many who gain weight because of illness and medications like myself. Shoot, I wear a size 16. It isn’t small, but it sure is a long way from being massively overweight. Sure many over indulge, but then that is also a problem. They may be eating to hide hurts and pains. When someone looks down on another because they are heavier or don’t look like they think a person should is not the kind of person I want to be around.
This is part of an article that was written on a health website about things not to say to a person who takes prednisone.
Prednisone, one of the most effective short-term medicines for quickly quelling a severe flare-up, has several side effects, including weight gain. Another side effect is “moon face,” in which the cheeks get rounded, making for a chipmunk-like look that can give the impression that a person is heavy even when his or her body is rail-thin.
Fortunately, this effect tends to go away when the person stops taking corticosteroids. Until then, the best approach to commenting on weight or looks to a person with IBD is not to comment at all.
I think of my daughter Jessica who has Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease. I love her and she is beautiful no matter what her size is. With PCOS there are many side effects and weight gain, infertility and many other not fun side effects come with that. She is heavier because of this and it is always an uphill battle for her. If only others would take into consideration that other things are going on in peoples lives and you can’t judge a person by how they look or what weight they are on the outside.
Then there this woman in Las Vegas named Tanya Angus who just died from . She 34, died “due to her heart and TIA (transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke).” Tanya Angus had an extreme form of acromegaly. Tanya spent the last 12 years trying to find a cure for her acromegaly, which meant she couldn’t stop growing. If she was judged by just looking at her, you would think that she didn’t care what she looked like and ate all the time. But that was far from the truth.
It makes me wonder if they are really happy or if they have to put others down to make themselves happy. I’m just guessing here.
I posted my vent on Facebook and was glad to know that I can grumble and others are OK with it. I’m blessed with many wonderful friends.
Side Effects of Prednisone-
- Sodium (salt) retention
- Fluid retention
- Weight gain/Obesity
- High blood pressure
- Elevated blood sugar
- Elevated blood fats
- Potassium loss
- Muscle weakness
- Puffiness or moon face
- Growth of facial hair
- Bruising easily
- Thinning of skin
- Poor wound healing
- Stomach ulcers
- Aseptic necrosis
- Irregular periods
- Rounding of upper back
- Growth retardation in children
- Increased appetite
- Psychiatric issues (depression, mood swings, personality changes)
I would like to say that with the Psychiatric issues, if I get upset and yell at the person who told me I look like I gained weight, I’m going to plead temporary prednisone insanity. Just be warned…