I would be extremely grateful for your prayers over the next couple of weeks, as I am facing a very difficult time.
I am about to begin an opiate withdrawal programme. Before anyone thinks that I am a drug addict, I will explain the circumstances.
I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a congenital connective tissue disorder that causes significant medical problems and disability. I have had 6 major spinal surgeries in recent years, have metal scaffolding holding my back and neck together, and use a wheelchair to get around outdoors. I have very severe chronic pain, which has been treated with high doses of opiates for many years. The meds are now becoming less effective, and as I am on the maximum dose per day I have to come off them before my doctors can start me on an alternative non-opiate treatment regime.
Because I have been on these meds at high doses for such a long time, coming off them completely is a long, difficult and very painful process. I know that I can do it. However, knowing that some good, decent traditional Catholics are praying for me in solidarity while I go through this would be of great help to me.