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S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. An integral part of the homeschooling community, she has developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to homeschoolers and her fascination with the written word.

Having to Take My Medicine

11/13/2019 3:23:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

Okay, last week was on things because I was trying to clean house. Unfortunately, my body decided to betray me on Thursday and I ended up in an Urgent Care clinic after work. The doctor there diagnosed the horrible pain on the left side of my face as shingles. How different from when I had shingles at 31! Then it was more burning and itching with a few lesions. Because this attack was in the exact same spot as when I first had shingles, the doctor immediately put me on Valtrex to reduce the symptoms. I’ve still only had a couple of sores, so it did stop that part. The next day, going to my primary care as a follow up, she said, you could very well have shingles, but I think you have a sinus infection, too. So an antibiotic added to my mix. In addition, I was taking two or three Motrin every four hours to drop the pain down to a dull roar.


Anyone who knows me well, knows that is more medicine than I take in most years let alone one week.  I really dislike taking any chemical that might be prescribed or over the counter. I have had more strange reactions than anyone I know, except maybe my eldest son. Hives and fevers have limited my antibiotic options down to just a couple. In response to prescription pain relievers I’ve experienced hallucinations, extreme nausea and temporary paralysis. With even so-called mild antihistamines, I’ve had sleeplessness and heart palpitations.

And that’s just what I could think of in my pain addled state.

Medicines and I do not get along. I am the exception to the rule in the fine print. And when I do take them, I generally take half doses. I break a Benadryl in half, for instance, if I have allergies or can’t sleep. If I have a migraine, I take one Excedrin.

But this sickness, this pain? My usual moderation did nothing.

Moments like these cause me to admit that there are times that modern medicine is needed and has a purpose for me. I have long believed that it’s good for others. I have seen friends and family survive when the verdict said they would not thanks to doctors and treatments. But you can only break out in hives so many times before you want to toss all prescriptions out the window.

Just as modern medicine can use drastic (for me) steps to heal my body, so can God use drastic surgery when He needs to root out a habit or sin that’s keeping me from growing. Sometimes, the treatment has to be intense or no improvement will be made.

And while I’m grateful for both physical and spiritual healing because they bring life, neither is any fun.

Still, these times of pain help me recognize the beauty and joy in the day to day. Without them, I wouldn’t be as wholly me as God intends.

To everything there is a season…