Tertle, I'm sorry to hear that you re going through this. I did not realize that a flare could hit you so quickly. That must have scared both you and your wife. Steriods can really make it difficult to sleep. Do you have a primary care physician? Ask her or him for a prescription for ambien. Benadryl obviously is not the same and does not work as well. I hope you continue to improve.
I am so sorry for you troubles. You have been through an awful lot lately. All my flares have hit really hard like that too but not so hard as to liteally lay me out like that last one of yours. Mine came on in a matter of hours and there was no doubt as to the fact that something was very very wrong. I changed everthing with my diagnosis. I eat very healthy now. I don't do anything really different, I just do what we are all supposed to be doing. I limit red meat and fats and eat lots of freash veggies and fruit and all that. I also excercise in various ways. Mostly aerobic, I need to add strength training but I have been a bit lazy about that. The excercise has really helped keep my energy level up. Good luck with all you do to increase the quality of your life. If you make those changes, just the fact that you are doing more to fight this disease will make you feel better and impowered. Keep us posted.
Love and prayers,