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The young one

On Tuesday, I went to my initial appointment with my new rheumatologist.  I almost didn’t find the building because my gps at the last second decided to restart as soon as I turned onto the correct street.  There were multiple doors that I could’ve entered once I finally found the correct building, and considering I was alone(without parent’s) for this appointment, I was intimidated at how busy the place was.  The lady at the front desk could tell I was clueless, so she guided me along the process of filling out new patient information.  For insurance purposes, she asked me for my father’s birthday to which I replied, “Uhh, well I know it’s in February…”.  Gee, that sure made me feel like a horrible daughter!  Fortunately, before I left, I was able to get that information to her.

So, after having filled out the emergency contact form, I was told sit in the waiting room.  Naturally, I was the youngest patient there.  If I were to guess, I’m sure the majority of the other patient’s waiting to be called upon were in their upper 70s, though I did see a middle aged man and woman.  It’s always interesting when you are in a rather quiet room, and two people start talking, loudly.  Two older men were talking about how “it’s hell to get old”.  Very comforting, just what I wanted to hear.

Not too long after the scheduled time I was supposed to have my appointment, my name was called and they took my weight, blood pressure, and I was asked a series of common health questions concerning myself and my family’s history.  I met my new Dr. and was pleased at how kind he was.  After he looked through the paperwork that was transferred from my previous Dr. he noticed that I am low on Vitamin D.  He told me I should be taking a daily supplement, and to try to get more sunlight, but to be careful since one of the medications I am on advises that I don’t get too much exposure since I could have a reaction.  He also noticed that my elbows and wrist were a bit swollen.  He went ahead and raised the amount of methotrexate I will have to take.  It went from four pills once a week to six pills once a week.  So, on Sunday’s, I will be taking six methotrexate, one plaquenil, and one folic acid.  Monday-Saturday I take a folic acid and a plaquenil.

Afterwards, I had to get blood work taken.  Up until this point, everything had gone smoothly.  A lady called my name and I sat down, thinking she would at least make small talk.  Instead, I sat there awkwardly and didn’t even get a warning before she stuck the needle in my vein.  Personally, I don’t mind needles, however, the lady must have stuck me a bit too far (I’m sorry this is a bit gross, so don’t read if you get easily nauseous).  By the time I got home, I could tell something was wrong cause it hurt to bend my arm.  I’m not sure if it was just fluid or if it was blood, but my arm was puffy and bruised.  I realize it is pretty common for people to bruise, but from the all times I have given blood and have had blood work taken, I haven’t had this sort of reaction.  For those of you who bruise when you give blood, this picture is probably nothing compared to what you’ve dealt with, but regardless, it hurts!

Until next time, don’t trust just anyone when getting blood work taken.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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There IS such thing as a great Monday

May I just say that today has been fantastic?!  After months of looking, Matt, my wonderful boyfriend, has received a full time job!  We both have been praying continuously and it was finally time for that prayer to be answered!  We knew God would supply his need, we just had to be patient.  Philippians 4:19, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all of your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus”.  I don’t know too much just yet about what Matt will be doing, but he does start May 15th.

In a previous post, I wrote about how God has been rocking my world!  Let me share with you a prime example.  Last month I happened upon Matthew 21:22, ” If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer”.   Even though I’ve read this passage multiple times in the past, it really stuck with me this time.  So, I thought to myself, ANYTHING as long as it’s in God’s will, that’s mind blowing!  I prayed a few “big prayers”, two of which have already been answered!  One of them being that Matt would get a full time job.  The other prayer was that God would place someone in my life whom I could encourage.  I knew that when I asked this, I would have to commit my time to this person and pour out love to them.  So, not even a week or so after I prayed that prayer, I began a wonderful friendship with someone who just so happened to be in NEED of someone to listen.  I am so overjoyed by how faithful God has been to me, and even more joyous after these two prayers have been answered!

Tomorrow is a big day for me.  I’ve successfully transferred rheumatologist’s, and my appointment with my new Dr. begins at 11 A.M.  I am not nervous, I’m rather anxious to hear how I have been responding to the medications I was prescribed back in January.  I’ve written down how I feel each day, along with daily temperatures, which seem to affect how my joints.  I can only hope for positive news, so keep me in your prayers!

A few other positives I noticed today are: I didn’t spend as much on gas as I thought I would.  The sun is shining brightly!  I am in minimal pain today.  After waiting 13 days, I finally get to see Matt tonight.  I hope your day has been enjoyable and blessed just as much, if not more than mine!

Until next time, pray big prayers!

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Little man

It has been QUITE some time since I’ve posted about Braden, my nephew.  I don’t have many new photos, but I hope these bring a smile to your face.  P.S. Braden’s favorite word is “blah”, go figure.

What could be cuter than baby boots?

Watching Veggie Tales with the one and only Larry the Cucumber!

Pinch-able cheeks, yes?

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in The Adventures of Braden Bradley

 

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Locked out

This afternoon, I accidentally locked the keys in my car.  I’m just gonna peg this as a blonde moment!  I took my sister to a hair appointment, and as I sat patiently waiting, it dawned on me that my keys were not in my purse.  Before we exited the salon, I said to Jackie, “There is a good possibility that I locked my keys in the car”.  Sure enough, there they sat…on my seat, just chilling.  We both laughed, and mom came to save the day ten minutes later with the spare key.

Please notice the disgusting amount of pollen on my window.

While we are on the subject of cars, I took this photo awhile ago because sometimes my purse likes to serve as a disco ball.  Party in the passenger’s seat!

If you have been following along with my blog over the past few weeks, you will notice that I have been talking about having a head cold.  16 days later, I still have a small cold, it’s truly unreal.  I am guessing that according to the large amount of visible pollen, it is probably just allergies.  I have been experiencing some serious wrist pains over the past week, also.  Yesterday I felt as though my wrist was useless, but today it is tolerable.  I have come to expect the unexpected with rheumatoid arthritis.

I would just like to mention that I feel so blessed by my readers, especially when I am having rough days with my health.  Your kind words of encouragement mean the world to me.  So, thank you, for you can brighten my day when I need it.  P.S. I plan to further explain this later, but, God has completely been rocking my world, in a good way, and once things start to shape I will keep you all updated.

Until next time, don’t forget to double check that you have your keys before locking the door.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Blame it on the weather

I unintentionally took a break from blogging, my apologies.  When you have a head cold, typing a post isn’t at the top of your “to-do” list.  For the most part, I have recovered, minus a semi-stuffy nose.  Unfortunately, last week I experienced a major flare up.  I was feeling terrible and did a lot of sleeping.  Not sure if my right wrist (the one that is almost bone on bone) has gotten worse, but, now I am able to actually feel the bones rub against each other when I bend my wrist…yippee.

I have successfully been transferred to a different rheumatologist as of last week.  I switched simply because of distance.  I am anxious to meet my new Dr. and hope he is as great as my previous one.  My appointment will be on April 24th.  I am assuming the appt. will include getting blood work done and new patient questionnaire’s.  I will keep you all updated!

I still am convinced the weather caused my flare up.  While Matt and I were traveling for our date night, we saw a few snowflakes.  Not too long ago I was wearing shorts and sandals.  Major weather mood swing.  We decided to dine at Cheddar’s, and celebrated our 11th month together!  *insert applause*

My favorite purchase this week:

The result:

I was in need of new mascara and after searching high and low, I found a new favorite.  I highly recommend this if you are looking to try out a new mascara.  I even got a compliment as I was picking up my medication from the receptionist who exclaimed, “I like your eye makeup! It looks nice!” *score

Until next time, go on a fun date 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Raise your hand if you have a cold

A rather unfortunate dilemma I’ve had to learn to accept and deal with since having rheumatoid arthritis is that when I get a cold, it comes with a vengeance.  Since my immune system is already weakened because it is attacking itself, I feel much worse off than a “healthy” person with an immune system that is not in “overdrive” when experiencing a cold.  I blame the ever-so-moody weather changes for this cold.

I found an article on http://www.qualityhealth.com/arthritis-articles/rheumatoid-arthritis-immunity that gives an accurate description of what a person with RA deals with, concerning their immune system.

“In people without rheumatoid arthritis, healthy immune cells called macrophages fight off infection and then die themselves. But in people with rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system is basically always “on,” not shutting down after fighting infection. The macrophages stay alive and produce noxious materials that build up in the joints, bones and cartilage.”

Sunday night I noticed that I hadn’t reacted very well to the medications I took during dinner.  It began as I was sitting in church, listening to the Pastor speak, but was bothered by an upset stomach and headache.  Ever have that feeling where you just KNOW something isn’t right and you can sense a cold is approaching?  Yeah, me too, unfortunately.  Monday morning rolled in and my headache intensified, along with swollen lymph nodes around my neck.  I feel fortunate because it has been quite some time since I’ve had a cold, so I guess I was due.  This morning I woke up with a very sore and sensitive left eye.  It honestly felt like it was bulging, so I wasn’t surprised when I looked in the mirror and saw that it was blood-shot due from all of the pressure I have been feeling in my head.  I will spare you the rest of the details about my eye and just tell you that it’s a “wear your glasses” kind of day for me.  (So, I was writing this post earlier and now that I have time to write again, I am now bogged down with a double eye infection….i’m thinking it’s pinkeye…EWW!)

I guess the best possible decision for me to make is: REST & stay away from everyone- QUARANTINE TIME

Having a cold isn’t all that bad, right?  Pro’s include:

  • laying around watching “The Sandlot” or “Dumb and Dumber”
  • consuming large amounts of freezer pops
  • family members cater to your needs
  • taking lots of naps
  • wearing pj’s all day

The least I can do is stay positive and happy despite feeling miserable.

Until next time, keep fighting off those colds!

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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