Converting a system of first order differential equations to a higher order differential equation

I have read this:Systems of Differential Equations and higher order Differential Equations and I am trying to apply it to the following set of equations but with not much success

$$L_{11} \frac{dI_1}{dt}+L_{12}\frac{dI_2}{dt}+I_1R_1=\varepsilon(t)$$ $$L_{22}\frac{dI_2}{dt}+L_{12}\frac{dI_1}{dt}+I_2R_2=0$$ I isolated $$I_2$$ from the second equation and took the derivative with respect to $$t$$ and I got:

$$\frac{dI_2}{dt}=-\frac{1}{R_2}\left(L_{22}\frac{d^2I_2}{dt^2}+L_{12}\frac{d^2I_1}{dt^2}\right)$$

but when I substitute $$\frac{dI_2}{dt}$$ in the first equation I get:

$$L_{11} \frac{dI_1}{dt}-\frac{L_{12} L_{22}}{R_2}\frac{d^2I_2}{dt^2}-\frac{L_{12}^2}{R_2}\frac{d^2I_1}{dt^2}+I_1R_1=\varepsilon(t)$$

so i take the derivative of the expression for $$\frac{dI_2}{dt}$$ above but i keep getting higher and higher orders differential equations

We have

$$\tag 1 L_{11} I_1' + L_{12} I_2' + R_1 I_1 = \varepsilon(t) \\ L_{22} I_2' + L_{12} I_1' + R_2 I_2 = 0$$

Solve the second equation for $$I_1'$$ and take the derivative

$$\tag 2 I_1' = -\dfrac{1}{L_{12}} \left(L_{22}I_2' + R_2 I_2\right) \\ I_1'' = -\dfrac{1}{L_{12}}\left( L_{22} I_2'' + R_2 I_2'\right)$$

Take the derivative of the first equation and isolate $$I_2''$$

$$\tag 3 I_2'' = \dfrac{1}{L_{12}} \left(\varepsilon'(t) - L_{11} I_1'' - R_1 I_1'\right)$$

Substitute the two relations in $$(2)$$ into $$(3)$$ and you end up with a higher order equation for $$I_2$$ to solve then use it to find $$I_1$$.