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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Have We Got It Backwards?

It just dawned on me: what do I actually know about the meds I am taking? I know, a little late after having swallowed them for so long haha. But... better late then never! So I summed it up for myself and besides the description that comes with the drug Methotrexate, I don't know much about it. Now, that description already should be enough to scare me off to even take a closer look. Oh Lord, it's enough to make you sick just reading it. And then the strong warning I recall, when I first got that medication: be sure to take the entire dose once a week. NOT daily, but ONCE a week!! If taken daily, I would ensure my own death. So what toxic substance am I washing down every week and what does it do?

So here is what I found on it:
" Methotrexate is classified as an antimetabolite drug, which means it is capable of blocking the metabolism of cells. As a result of this effect, it has been found helpful in treating certain diseases associated with abnormally rapid cell growth. It has also been found very helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis, although its mechanism of action in this illness is not known. It seems to work, in part by altering aspects of immune function which may play a role in causing rheumatoid arthritis.
It is widely distributed throughout body tissues with reports of persistence of this drug in the liver up to 116 days after exposure.
It is a cancer medication, when used in high doses. In lower doses it is used to slow the progression of autoimmune diseases such as RA.
If you are taking methotrexate, you need extra folic acid. The reason: methotrexate can cause folic acid deficiency, which can result in problems/side-effects. Folic acid can be given by your doctor as a supplement. Foods rich in folic acid include beets, boysenberries, brown rice, veggies in the cabbage family, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, eggs, green leafy vegetables, haddock, halibut, salmon, tuna, soybean sprouts, asparagus and spinach. Eating five or more servings of the above fresh fruits and vegetables and three servings of fish a week should be more than adequate to decrease the side effects."

I have every confidence in my Rheumatologist and I don't question many others, because I perceive them superior in their knowledge. They studied for it, so they know what they are talking about and I have faith that their advise (or prescription) will solve/diminish my ailment, for I lack their knowledge and don't bother to ask, like so many others.

It appears we find it easier to have faith in a person then to have it in God.
W hy do we often doubt and question God's Word? If anyone is superior and knows, then it is He and yet we question, doubt and struggle so often against Him. What we don't understand, we should accept in Faith. Give Him what He is entitled to. Faith is the hardest thing to have and do. Maybe we should concentrate on strengthening our faith and give it to God, where it belongs, unconditionally, unquestioned and unlimited:-)
To me it seems like we have got it backwards. How about you?

1 Corinthians 2:5
that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

9 Comments:

Anonymous stephanie said...

I think you're absolutely right. Thanks for this great post; it will give me lots to think about tonight! :)

October 14, 2005 3:26 PM  
Anonymous lenise said...

I've been trying to make a related point to my uncle. It's a very common thing these days for people to feel that right and wrong, where they exist, are easy to discern. The God of the Bible doesn't fit my uncle's (or our society's) idea of "good" or "right", so he rejects Him, creating a god in his own image. It seems like a frightening place to be. I like to know that God has given us a picture of Himself we can trust.

October 16, 2005 5:48 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Lenise:

It is easier to find a justification to give in to temptation because it suits our wants, then to serve God. That doesn't make it right though and we will all have to answer to Him for that. Yes, it is hard work, but the reward is accordingly. Try to keep praying for your uncle, God hears every one of them:-)

God's Grace.

October 16, 2005 5:49 PM  
Anonymous nan said...

I'm not sure if it's that people lack trust in God or if it's that they are afraid of relying on what others have told them about God. I think a lot of people are just uncomfortable with not having all the answers in a neat package. However, if they were capable of knowing and understanding everything about God, they would be equal to God.

October 17, 2005 9:02 AM  
Anonymous pia said...

i felt the same way before about putting your trust in God. it is innate in humans to try to control everything. and it's hard to accept those we don't have control over. but it's easier to have faith in God trusting that He can do things for us, those that are seem impossible. i've learned that the hard way.

by the way, can i link you to my blog?

October 17, 2005 11:21 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Nan:

I am not sure either. But I totally agree with what you said:

I think a lot of people are just uncomfortable with not having all the answers in a neat package. However, if they were capable of knowing and understanding everything about God, they would be equal to God.

Pia:

It is true, God can take a mess and turn it into gold. It takes faith in Him and doing our part, something we tend/like to overlook to often.

You can link to my blog and I would like to return the favor, that is... if you allow?

God's Grace.

October 17, 2005 11:22 AM  
Anonymous pia said...

oh, please do. i'd love that. you can tag on my chatterbox anytime. c",)

October 17, 2005 11:23 AM  
Anonymous pia said...

corry, your drawings are awsome! they're simply amazing! God bless you more!

October 17, 2005 11:24 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Stephanie:

Thank you for your visit and comment:-)

I share my own experiences and considerations. When they lead to people thinking, then I am grateful to God. My opinion is, that if everyone would think about what they are doing and why and how that affects their relationship with God and others (and even themselves), then the world would be a better place.

Do you also have recipies on your blog??????:-)

Pia:

Thank you so much, for the approval of linking and for the compliment about my drawings.

God has already blessed me so much, I am just too stubborn sometimes to accept and see it haha.

I pray God will bless you more as well:-)

October 17, 2005 11:25 AM  

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