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Let’s go thrifting!

Last night, as I was packing (way ahead) for the weekend, I went through this phase, that I know we all go through, that I didn’t really have anything exciting to wear.  I feel like all I have is the same old clothing and that my outfit’s are drab and boring.  So, I decided that I would go shopping today.  I absolutely love to shop, but I hate spending money, especially since I am saving up to move out!  I usually come home empty-handed and bummed.  Today was a different story!

I live in a fairly small town, with the most disappointing mall in the history of all malls.  We’re talking…two clothing stores in the entire mall, it’s so barren.  My first stop was at Maurices.  I have a card that the cashier punches and once you get all the punches, you get $10 off.  I was ready to use my card but after trying on a few different garments, I hadn’t been pleased and left the store…empty-handed.  Then I went to JCPenney(the other store in our mall) and tried on numerous amounts of tops, all of which didn’t fit quite right, or were too expensive!  Finally, I decided to head to Goodwill.  Growing up, my mom would take me to Goodwill and I would groan because I didn’t want hand-me-down clothing.  Let me tell you what…that mind-set has CHANGED!  I found so many things I liked that I had to use a cart.  Of course, when you go thrifting, there are a few key things to watch out for.

  1. Make sure the clothing does not have any holes. (armpits, crotch)
  2. Make sure the shirts don’t have sweat stains!
  3. Thoroughly check to see if there are any other hidden stains. (food, blood)
  4. If the clothing has an odd smell, or smells like smoke, don’t buy it. (even after washing, it might still stink)

I bought two pairs of jeans and seven tops.  I used a $10 off punch card that my mom had for Goodwill, so my grand total was only $23 and some odd cents!  I felt zero guilt, and I now have the start of a new summer wardrobe!  I thanked God for allowing me to find items I liked and that I was able to save money in the process!

The skinny jeans I am wearing were only $5, and they are from forever 21. (no wonder I love them)

All of the tops were $3!

I did get another pair of jeans & a black sleeveless sweater.

Until next time, save money & go THRIFT instead!

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Side effects

Well, I haven’t been responding pleasantly to the methotrexate I must take each Sunday.  I’ve been experiencing pounding headaches and nausea, and hearing from two other gals who have RA, they have said it is nasty stuff.  One of them even told me that she was told to take methotrexate during the evening with fattier foods so that the food coats your stomach so you won’t have near as bad of a reaction.  She also said it’s much better to sleep off the nausea.  I will try that method and if I don’t feel any better, I will be calling my Dr.

I was able to enjoy the fantastic 80 degree weather today by taking a brisk walk this afternoon.  I was fairly sleepy after work but made myself go.  It was nice to be able to soak up some sun, especially since I am low on Vitamin D.

I am still unable to find a nanny position, but haven’t given up.  I look almost each day for new posting’s and am determined that one of them will work out eventually!  God will provide 🙂

I had such a blast this past weekend with Matt and his family.  For our one year date, Matt and I went to a hibachi Japanese grill and had such a fun time watching the chef cook our meal right in front of us.  He did some really neat tricks, and we even caught food in our mouth.  Sounds weird, but if you’ve ever been, you know what I am speaking of.  I ordered chicken teriyaki, which came with rice, noodles, cooked vegetables, clear soup, and a small salad.  I even got some super easy-to-use chopsticks!

Until next time, soak up some sun!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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I will wait

I believe this has been the longest I have gone without posting, and each day that has passed I have felt even more guilty for not updating!  Here you go!

Since the the last time I posted, I have been feeling well, overall.  I haven’t had to deal with soreness in the mornings that often.  On the downside, I have noticed an increase in soreness in my wrists, yes, plural.  Just today I noticed a bit of pain starting in my left wrist.  It is so difficult at times to not get discouraged when I have to add yet another pain to the list.  Yesterday afternoon I took a nap and woke up with a headache.  I am pretty sure the headache started after I ate some pasta salad that I do not normally eat.  It turned into a pounding headache by evening which also lead to nausea.  I went to bed with a bucket beside the bed in case, well, you get the point.  I also noticed that my knees were starting to ache, which would lead me to believe I am experiencing another minor flare up.  Thankfully this morning my knees seem to have improved.

I am excited to say that this Thursday I have been dating Matt for a year!  We will both be heading over to his parent’s house for the weekend, and will be joined by Matt’s brother Greg, and his wife Mary.  I always look forward to weekend’s with the Hartman’s!  Matt and I will probably dine somewhere and I am sure between the two of us we both have a few surprises to give to each other.

I wish I could say all of the details have been worked out, but at this point I can happily say that I am seeking full-time nanny jobs in Westerville.  I feel that it is time for me to move out of my parent’s house, as I will be turning 21 in August.  Moving out takes so much preparation, and I am not the kind of person who will spontaneously pack up and leave.  I have been praying extra hard over each aspect of the move.  I know plenty of wonderful girl’s in Columbus who I could potentially room with, and already have two options I can work with. The biggest road block at this point is a job.  I will not move until I know I have a job secured.  I have applied to a nanny agency, and have created an account on another reputable website where people who are looking for caretakers can view my profile.  I have faith that this all can work out, I just have to be patient and trusting.  Throughout this entire process I have never felt so vulnerable.  I am completely leaving this in God’s hands, because if I start making decisions and choices that I feel are right, I know somehow it will fail.  I am waiting for the best possible option that God will provide for me.  I’ve already grown and have learned that waiting for the best will always trump.

Until next time, may I find a full-time job as a nanny!  Nanny Becca just sounds so RIGHT 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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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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