I am sure most of you have heard by now or you may have heard through the grapevine that I was in the hospital. I was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, March 11th, however, it all actually started that Monday, March 9th. I had severe pains in my stomach that mimicked a gallbladder attack and the pain didn’t go away for hours. When Wednesday came, I started vomiting and went to the emergency room. When I got there I started having diarrhea as well. They did a CT of my abdomen and found a narrowing or restriction in my small intestines and inflammation in my colon and small intestines. They admitted me that night and tried to get my symptoms under control. To get them under control they needed to place an NG tube. NG stands for nasogastric tube. The tube goes down your nose to your stomach and stays there. This controlled my vomiting so I could eventually start a liquid diet. The doctors then planned to do a colonoscopy and endoscopy on the following Monday. They would have liked to do a camera capsule endoscopy also which is where I swallow a pill that has a camera inside of it. The reason the colonoscopy and endoscopy is not the best test is because they both only reach so far and don’t reach the small intestine and especially where the narrowing is. The capsule takes pictures as it goes through the stomach and then through part of the small intestine. However, since I have a restriction, that means that capsule would have gotten stuck and they would have had to have done surgery to remove it. Since coming home I have been to multiple doctor appointments and have to have more testing done. This hospitalization was caused by a Lupus flare and something called Lupus Enteritis/Vasculitis. I just found out the results of my biopsies today from the colonoscopy and endoscopy. They showed no scaring which proves that this is a Lupus flare not a Crohn’s flare. Crohn’s scars whereas Lupus does not. Due to all the inflammation throughout my esophagus and intestines and this Lupus flare I am in, I am on a high dose of Prednisone. I started off at 60mg and now I am at 35mg and weaning down each week. My complement levels for Lupus were very low along with my platelets and white count and it affected my bone marrow. Due to all of this, my doctors and I have decided that a medical withdrawal from Duquesne University would be the best thing to do for the rest of the semester. To do a medical withdrawal is not my ideal thing to do. However, this has been the sickest I have ever been and I am going to have continuous testing so I know this is the best thing to do for myself. I have to worry about my health first and foremost. My advisor from school said that as long as I take a prerequisite class over the summer, I can continue with the rest of my class for next semester. Thankfully there is only one class that is a prerequisite for the following 2015 Fall semester!! I will be physically a semester behind, but I am happy I can continue with the friends that I have made after getting some rest and doing work over the summer. I will always have hope and I know that my health comes first and that I need to heal. You never notice how strong you are until you need to be. I know everyone has the strength to get through their hard times or to help someone else through them. This is the time for me to heal and for me to help others like me through hard times like this.