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God is the artist, we are His masterpiece

Prep yourselves for a long post…but really, it’s mainly pictures, who doesn’t like pictures?

Yesterday my body was on a picket fence protest.  My wrist, knees, and elbows were sore, which led me to the conclusion that I experienced a minor flare up.  I say minor because today I’m feeling 85% better.  It’s a bit hard to tell, but, I took some photos and wanted to share with you how I was unable to straighten my arm, due to swollen and sore elbows.  I took comparison photos of my mother’s arm so you can tell the difference.  Don’t mind the cheesy grins, it’s better than an awkward straight-faced photo.

So, instead of having a “woe is me” attitude, which I sometimes admit to having, I decided that I was going to have a “RAain’tgotnothingonme” attitude.  I treated myself to a tasty lunch, pictured below.  I highly recommend the sandwich, it IS my new favorite.  The meal consisted of: a toasted burger bun, brown sugar ham with a slice of Muenster cheese, H.K. Anderson brand honey wheat pretzels, and a slice of fresh pineapple.  I have a new obsession with fresh pineapple, it is better than candy.

After lunch, mom and I went for a walk at the park.  I decided to bring my camera to take some fun nature shots since I don’t use my camera all that often.  Enjoy!

Until next time, tell me what your favorite photo was and why!

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Through my eyes

Well, I had another excellent day at work!  For those of you who are new, I work as Secretary at my church.  To my misfortune, I had the bright idea of changing the church signs this afternoon, which are located outside… P.S. the winds are crazy today.  Thankfully I didn’t lose any letters, but, the plexiglass window that covers the sign did bonk my head pretty hard and tried to close me in.  So glad no one drove by when that happened!  Below is a picture of my “nourishment” for the day.

Oh the weather outside is delightful!  I took advantage of this 65 degree sunny but windy day and took a walk with my mother.  Walking is such a simple and enjoyable form of exercise, especially for those with RA.  Too bad my ankle is protesting the walk.  My right elbow was also retaining some fluid this morning, but after using it to change the sign, the pain lessened!

TMNT!

Our first “reward” came in the mail!  My parents decided to use some rewards points that they earned by using their credit card, and mom chose this beautiful Crosley 5 in 1 entertainment center.

Until next time, keep walking!

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

 

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Be willing to accept whatever is thrown your way

Another weekend flew by, but I had such a wonderful time spending it with Matt and his family!  Matt is actually leaving this Saturday for a mission trip in Jamaica!!  I’m incredibly proud of him and wish I were joining him!  On Friday night, I helped Matt sort through plenty of old clothes and memorable items that have been stashed away in his room since high school.  At first it seemed like it would take hours, but we had a lot of fun rehashing his past.  I even got a few shirts out of it!  On Sunday, we met up with more of his family to celebrate his grandmother’s birthday, and found ourselves playing “Mexican train”- it’s a fun game that involves dominoes.  I managed to win a few games!  Of course, it was extremely hard saying goodbye, as it will be 16 days until I get to see him again.  I give props to military girlfriends and wives, for they must wait much longer!

My RA seems to be flaring up a tad bit over the past few days.  I haven’t been very disciplined as far as eating sweets is concerned, but when you celebrate two birthdays, it’s nearly impossible to not indulge in cake.  My mother’s birthday was March 3rd.  Happy Birthday Momma!  Ironically, I ate carrot cake two days in a row.  Both times, I enjoyed every little bit.  I was convinced my knee was going to be swollen again, as it seemed to show signs of holding fluid on Saturday and Sunday.  Praise God it went back down, cause I sure dislike feeling icky.  My wrist however, the one that is practically bone on bone, is giving me some problems.  Last night as I was getting into the car, my wrist got caught on the door and it bent forward, causing instant pain and I must admit I got a tad angry-not fun because I am almost always joyful and happy.  Again, today as I was getting into my dad’s truck, I had to push the seat back and somehow my wrist bent and I felt completely weakened.  Poor wrist!  I suppose I must take extra precautions to be careful.  I sure do feel blessed though, even after dealing with RA pains, because I am quick to remember those who are less fortunate than I.

I know I have RA for a reason, though I am still learning what that reason is.  Perhaps it’s to educate or uplift someone who needs to hear it.  Perhaps it will strengthen me mentally.  Whatever the reason, I am willing to accept it, with a joyful heart.

Until next time, keep eating carrot cake!

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Always be joyful.  Keep on praying.  No matter what happens, always be thankful, for that is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Experimental snacking

Yesterday, my mother came home after grocery shopping with a few snacks for me to try that are supposed to help with lowering inflammation levels.  The snacks consisted of dried cherries and cranberry butter biscuits.  Normally, the foods that are GOOD for you tend to be not-so-tasty.  I learned that when I popped a whole fig into my mouth and chewed proudly the other day only to realize it was a very bad life decision.  I still get nauseous thinking about eating a fig-I apologize if you are a fig eating lover-definitely not me.  However I must say, I was pleasantly surprised today while at work when I tried the cranberry butter biscuits.  The sugars aren’t too bad, but could be much better, totaling 10g for 5 biscuits I do believe.  I also enjoy oranges-again, it has been said that they could help lower inflammation levels.  It’s very hard to find accurate food information because it seems that one article claims one thing, while another article has a completely different opinion on that food.  I suppose the only way to truly find out if it works is to try it for a certain length of time and see if I can notice a difference. I’m always in the market for new, healthy snacks and meals that have benefits for RA sufferers.  If you know of any recipes, please send them to me.

Until next time, keep eating healthy snacks.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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