Diagnosis – Doc is 90% sure I have Lupus. I now have a new medication to take and will do another blood test in 4 months and see him after that.
Today was a good day, as I hurt this morning, but, by the time I got to work, I was able to move without too much pain. After the doc appt., we went to Reno and had dinner then wandered the mall, looking for jeans. Hubby is now confused on the sizing of women’s clothes. HAH – I told him, now he understands why I am so frustrated when I go clothes shopping.
It was good to walk, but walking was hard. I got slower and slower as we wandered back and forth. I finally had to listen to my body and tell hubby that I was done and it was time to go home. I guess, I need to be more aware of my body and pay attention to what I can do and accept the things I cannot do, for now.
I’m still hurting, but I’m glad I have a diagnosis and a plan. As much as I’m not looking forward to NOT eating processed foods, I’m looking forward to investigating and discovering a new lifestyle diet.
So, thanks for hanging in with me while I was silent, waiting for test results.
Actually it is 6 1/2 months for my initial appointment with the Rheumatologist – my appointment is October 31st. What the heck!!!!! I guess we don’t have that many in this area, so they book out 6 months at a time. If I have something serious, I’ll be crippled by that time!! Argh!! Kinda frustrating on my end. We see our regular doc next week, we’ll ask him if this is normal for up here. One of his daughter’s that work in his office, said that 6 months is normal. Crazy, I tell ya, just Crazy!!!
I survived my 2nd full day at work!! Hubby’s not feeling well again, as he has a low grade fever. We both do not need this all over again. I’m finally feeling almost normal, I cannot get sick again!! Neither can he, he’s pretty aggravated also. *sigh* I don’t think it helps that it is still cold here and it was snowing today. I am so looking forward to 70′s this weekend. I may work in the yard! Well, as much as I can. I find I have to go slow in whatever I do. I walked to the post office the other day and I was moving at a turtle’s pace.
Or do I dare ask that question?
My hands have been hurting and swollen. So the last time I was in to see the doc I asked him if we could do the blood test to see if I had Scleroderma. I just got back from the doc, as he has received my results. My Rheumatoid Factor is above the normal range and my ANA result is Positive Abnormal. Now I know I’m abnormal, but to actually see it on the test … well …
Basically what this means is that I have to be referred to a Rheumatologist who will then do more testing to narrow down what I have. My doc feels I have one of the following: Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus or Scleroderma. Of these three I hope I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have seen with my own eyes what Scleroderma can do, as I had a sister who died from this disease. Lupus is not much better. But…now I get to play the waiting game as the Rheumatologists in this area are only in Reno and the wait is about 3 to 4 weeks or longer.
I’ve been using a squishy ball to massage my hands. Plus using lotion every time I wash my hands to keep them from drying out.
Have I told you how much this getting old stuff really stinks??? Well it does!!!!
Okay, those of you that are under age – just pass on this post.
So – Now that that disclaimer is out of the way -
I was driving home and I realized that my pants were tight. How did I know – well, our car’s suspension isn’t good and the car was oscillating on the highway. So much that my tight pants were rubbing along my no-no place … let’s just say it was a very interesting drive home.
To those of you that were eating or drinking – I apologize if you choked. But … I need to lose weight … or do I?!?!?!?!
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I start Tai Chi on Saturday – I just have to remember to get up out of bed for the 8am class. I’m not sure where it is … so I had better leave earlier.
Is it me or is winter just a bit more wintery than it has been. I know, I live in an area that has a change of seasons. However, two to three storms a week is getting a bit much. I haven’t been driving due to my eyes. But now that I’m able to see again and I can drive, I won’t drive in snow and ice. Yes, I’m a wimp, but not thrilled about it and I don’t want to!
Work is busy busy busy. I’m loving it as I’m getting more involved in different events, but it does mean that my time is shorter to get my work done. It’s hard to find a healthy balance when so many things are pending and in the air!
We are doing an I Do series at church. Yes, it is geared for marriages and it starts this weekend. One of the weekends we are having a comedy night. I’ve heard the comedian before and he’s hilarious! The weekend after that will be the Love & Respect Conference. One of the best marriage conferences around. It is not geared toward one gender. They speak both genders language. If you have a conference near you – take it, you won’t regret it. If you are single – take it anyway, they give you tools to relate to the opposite sex. It’s a good relational conference.
I started S.T.E.P. (Striving To Experience Peace) last night. I’m re-taking the Anger Management class as I missed half of the classes last time. I really enjoyed it last night and am looking forward to the next 9 weeks. One of the things I love about our church, they care about helping people get over their hurts, habits and hangups by offering many classes. I may have to take the Boundaries class again, as it goes hand in hand with Anger Management. There are so many classes, it’s hard to choose!
How do you get over your past hurts, habits & hangups? Let’s face it, one has to recover from Life. We all are broken and sometimes we can’t get better until we face our brokenness head on. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it!!
So that’s about it for me tonight. I’m tired, as usual and ready to go to sleep. Ya’ll have a great night!
I’ve managed to let myself go for many years. When mom died, I was quite active with Tai Chi, Ballroom Dancing, etc … since she’s passed, I wasn’t able to go back to those things. Now that I’m having more health issues, It. Is. Time.
As soon as I get the new Recreational Departments class guide, I’m signing up for Tai Chi. Maybe Ballroom Dancing, but that will depend on hubby.
I’ve worked in my kitchen for 2 days and my body is killing me. I haven’t even finished, just did what I could. I also took down Christmas, although it wasn’t much as my tree was only 2 feet and my ornaments were little and only on the face side of the tree.
Now it’s after twelve and I’m done – so out of shape it isn’t even funny!
So … what are you going to do to get moving this year?
I woke up this morning wondering what is in store for us this year. Then I saw a FB post about a jar and adding a piece of paper in it with the good things that happen during the year, as it happens. On New Year’s Eve, take them out and read what went on for the year. What a great idea!!! I started my jar. At first I had a jar with no lid, but I remembered I was given a jar for Christmas, it’s perfect – has a lid and all. So my only New Year’s resolution is to make it a point to write down the good that happen for the day. Yesterday, 12/31/12 was our 29th anniversary. Today starts our 30th. What a great way to look back on and celebrate our 30th year of marriage.
So, what to
plan dream for the year. I know better than to plan, God always laughs at my plans and then His will be done! So I’ll dream and watch Him make my dreams so much better!
I hope you all had a safe and happy celebration welcoming the new year. We did as we watched the ball drop in NY on the tele and had a glass of sparkling cider.
Yesterday went almost as planned. Unfortunately when I woke up I wasn’t feeling well. I had congestion in my vocal chords and was worried it was heading for my chest. I wasn’t sure if it was real or from all the drops I have to use, so driving to the surgical center I was praying I didn’t have a fever and the surgery could go on. Also while driving, I decided to call our doc to see if we could get in that afternoon.
Got to the surgical center and even though I felt warm, my temperature was fine and the surgery went on as planned. After I left the center, we went to Five Guys to try their burgers. I have mixed feelings about Five Guys. It’s new to our area so it’s busy. But, not only that, it is LOUD. Oh my word it was so loud with the music and voices echoing off the walls. I wasn’t impressed with the atmosphere. The burger, even though you can get almost anything you want, even A-1 sauce, which made hubby happy, but they don’t have avocados. I ordered the little burger which is 1 patty. Hubby had the regular burger, which was 2 patties. We both ordered with the grilled onions & mushrooms and shared the small fries. The one thing I liked about the fries is the bottles of malted vinegar I could put in a dipping cup for my fries in! The hamburger was huge & good, but I’ve had better. The free peanuts are a plus. The best thing is the soda machine!! I had a Vanilla Coke Zero. If I could have seen, I would have also pressed cherry to my mix of soda. I’ll have to go back with my readers, just so I can read the soda machine.
It will be interesting to see if Five Guys quality will remain. I like In & Out, but when it first opened in our area, the burgers didn’t taste the same as other In & Outs. I figured it was due to the grill not being seasoned yet. Unfortunately the burgers haven’t matched other In & Out’s taste. Don’t know why. I used to love Johnny Rockets, but … I loved them when they opened, but they don’t taste the same. Now mind you, I’m talking about these restaurants that our in my area only!! I just love a really good burger – I guess I’m still on the good burger quest.
We did manage to get to our doc’s office and are both on antibiotics, because he didn’t want us getting worse over the weekend/holidays. I’m glad I’m home today and don’t have to go anywhere all weekend, so I can rest and heal!
I went to the eye doc on Monday for a check up, it turns out my eye sight got 3 lines worst. Doc wasn’t too happy and I had to go to his other office to have a scan of my eye done. So Wednesday afternoon, I had the scan and my cataracts have grown, especially in my right eye, which is rapidly growing.
Unfortunately, I need 2 more surgeries. From what he says it will be a piece of cake compared to the last eye surgery I had. But still…so on 12/20/12 I have cataract surgery on my right eye and 12/27/12 I have it done on my left eye. I just need money to fall out of the sky to pay for my co-pay for these surgeries.
So much for Christmas for our grandbabies. I’m not thrilled but if I don’t want to lose my eye sight, I guess I had better get this done. Thankfully the recovery time is a day AND I don’t have to stay face down for a week. I have mixed emotions as I’m hopeful with the outcome, but am concerned about the funds that need to be paid up front. I know, turn it over to my Savior and wait … so that’s what I’m doing.
Oh and I need to get my drivers license renewed on Monday, before my birthday. As I have to go in, I’m going to have hubby drive me just in case I don’t pass the eye test.
I’m so happy I could just scream!! So how has your week been?
An ending to a crap day. Don’t ya just love those? I went to the eye doc for a check up. I’ve been a bit disappointed as my right eye is still blurry even with my new glasses. So he says my cataract has grown. I may need to have that surgery. I have to go to his office in Carson because he has the scanner at that office. So … I’m so friggin’ thrilled I could throw a nice heavy rock through my window, just to hear the glass break! In my mind, I’m already breaking every thing in sight, including the televisions. I’m mad, sad, scared and disappointed. Aren’t you glad you are not me?