As you may have guessed from the title, I am not dead yet. In fact, the blitzkrieg of corticosteroids is over and the lingering side effects are almost completely gone. I feel great. I run every day, and I'm getting close to my high school speed for the 5k. I'm going back to school at BYU next week, so I'm spending a lot of time brushing up on my Arabic (didn't get to use it much in New Caledonia) and doing the standard back to school stuff.
Meanwhile I've settled on a long-term preventative treatment that will begin soon. It shouldn't be as draining as the blitzkrieg.
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