Update, January 19, 2015:
I have been hives-free for 9 days and the muscle pain in my arms is diminishing…PRAISE GOD! Thanks so much for your prayers! Please do not stop.
Note: After 6 months of chronic hives in 2014, April to November, Charles and I decided I should visit an allergist. You must realize these hives were not a constant concern or bother. Yes, they were almost a daily occurrence, but only once in a while did they truly affect my daily life. In October, the allergist told us how very few people with chronic hives ever know why. After hearing my travel history of foreign travel, he also mentioned chronic hives could be a sign of parasites. No, I had no other symptoms other than the hives, until mid-fall when I noticed chronic muscle pain in both arms. I thought it was from overuse lifting suitcases in and out of car trunks and overhead bins on planes. As it turns out that, too, could be indicative of parasites. However, he was not convinced.
“Parasites are microorganisms that live off of other organisms, or hosts, to survive. Some parasites don’t affect the host. Others grow, reproduce, or give off toxins that make the host sick resulting in a parasitic infection” (Healthline.com).
By the way, it was not easy to convince our family doctor and then the infectious disease doctor to follow through with all the testing for various parasites, “They are just so rare”.
|Fresh Water Snail|
|Schistosomiasis Distribution – Snail Fever|
Jeremiah, God’s prophet proclaimed, “When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.” When God called Ezekiel as His prophet this is what He said, “And He said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He gave me the scroll to eat. Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak My words to them.”
Then in John chapter 7, “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” And to the Samaritan woman at the well, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
And in closing, at the Last Supper, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.” Then he took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
If this is one way I can better identify with His precious deaf children living with parasites every day, with no means of diagnosis or medicine to rid their bodies of them, I pray I do not miss all He desires for me to learn in and through this experience.