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Getting closer

There are just twenty one days left until I make the big move!  This in-between waiting period is both speeding by and sluggishly moving along.  To add some excitement, I bought a bright pink ottoman to liven up my new room and I can easily store it because it is collapsible.  I will be posting some pictures once I move in.

I have so much to look forward to, the list is lengthening and I am quite pleased with that.  Matt and I have already discussed having movie nights, bike rides, walks, you know…normal activities that we’ve been deprived of because of distance!  Only living ten minutes away from him is going to seem unreal for quite some time. I am so pleased with my living situation and I am anxious to get to personally know the other gals who I will be sharing the huge house with.

It was a pleasure to celebrate the 4th of July this year with two of my best friend’s, Bre and Cassie.  I am not sure how many more chances we are going to get to spend together once I move, but I plan on visiting “home” when possible.

On June 29th, I had the privilege of attending the wedding of two of my friend’s that I have met through campus fellowship.  They are an incredible couple and I am blessed to know them.  Derrick unfortunately wasn’t around when I had this photo taken, but I was happy to get one taken with the lovely bride, Brittany.  I decided to wear 5 inch heels, I guess I was feeling brave.  Considering I have arthritis, it probably wasn’t the wisest choice, but I only managed to walk away with one blister and zero foot or ankle pain.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I was going to be getting a 90 day supply of my medications, however, that did not go as planned.  When I picked up my medications, the pharmacy told me that the insurance I have only covers month by month.  Slightly bumming, considering it was going to make my life a bit easier.  Win some, lose some.

Maybe this isn’t as big of a deal as it seems to me, but after two year’s of sweating and dealing with it, I finally have air conditioning in my car.  I kept putting it off because of cost, but when I took it to the shop, they didn’t have to replace it.  They charged it, which I have had done before, but this time it seemed to have worked.  I am hoping and praying it isn’t a leak, I guess time will tell.

Until next time, get AC in your car, it’s worth the money.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Six months is like music to my ears

Today at 3:10, I had a rheumatologist appointment.  This was only my second appt. with Dr. Lindamood, as I had transferred back in April due to distance.  Surprisingly, my name was called right away and they decided to take my blood work before I met with my rheumy.  At my previous appt., I had a bad experience after they took some blood and I was bruised for over three weeks, so when the lady was prepping to take my blood I warned her of my nerves.  She did a great job, and as of right now my arm is bruise-less!  I had been hoping for some good news today, and I am happy to report some to you!  Instead of ordering a 30 day supply of my meds, I will now be getting them on a 90 day supply which is very helpful since I will be transitioning to my new housing arrangements in Westerville in August.  My Dr. asked me the common questions such as how I was feeling since the last time we met, and I told him that overall I honestly have been doing quite well.  With that being said, I also mentioned that I will be moving but wanted to keep him as my Dr.  He said as long as I am responding well to the medications and don’t have any problems, I won’t have to see him for another six months!  My next visit is not until December 17th, which is crazy to think how close that is to snow and Christmastime, when today it reached 95 degrees.  He did say that I still need blood work taken every two months, but that I can get that done right in Westerville, and they can send him the results.  The final bit of positive news is that I am able to reduce the amount of methotrexate I am taking from six to four pills, once a week.  It was my idea that I go back down to four pills and Dr. Lindamood explained that methotrexate is a flexible drug that differs for each person.  I am pleased with the way my appt. went today!

Yesterday evening was spent with two of my best friends, Bre and Cassie.  It was so wonderful to spend time with them doing a whole bunch of nothing.  We walked around the park for over an hour and discussed how our lives were doing and where we thought they’d be going.  Below is a picture of Bre and I.

This past weekend I surprised Matt’s family by showing up unexpectedly on Father’s Day.  It was a success!  We were also able to celebrate Mary’s 22nd birthday.

38 DAYS UNTIL I MOVE!

 
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Posted by on June 19, 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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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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My first award: The Liebster Blog award

Yesterday, I wrote a post about not feeling well due to a flare up from my rheumatoid arthritis.  This morning, as I was still groggy from waking up, I routinely checked my blog and found that I had been nominated to receive this award.  I don’t know much about it, but it certainly was a grand way to start my day!

“The Liebster Blog Award” is an award passed on to new and skilled bloggers by other bloggers.

My nomination was given by : http://sarahsfoodieblog.wordpress.com/   I truly appreciate and want to thank Sarah for choosing me as one of the five bloggers she had to nominate.  Her and I both suffer from RA, so it has been wonderful to chat with her and learn how she copes with it.  Also, I enjoy her blog because she is constantly trying out new recipes, which I will eventually have to do myself.

The five nominee’s I have chosen are:

1. http://collegegirlcooking.wordpress.com/ Jamie and I actually attended high school together, but I didn’t know her personally, or the fact that she suffered from an eating disorder.  Although Jamie is not new to blogging, I highly recommend her blog as she is on a journey to love and accept her body.  She also shares many wonderful recipes that are healthy and yummy.

2. http://jennyandtyler.wordpress.com/  Jenny and Tyler are two VERY talented and humble musicians who are happily married.  I promise you, I love their music so much that some of their music will be played at my wedding-it’s just so cute!  I chose to nominate them because I support their music and want to share it with as many people as possible.  Their love for God shines through the music they write, which is inspiring and encouraging.

3. http://williamkent.wordpress.com/ This blogger posts some of the neatest videos I have ever seen.  I enjoy following along with his blog because he always finds a variety of videos.  My favorite video from his blog thus far is: http://williamkent.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/naturesvinyl/ – this is a video that takes the idea of a record player but uses a tree stump and is able to read the tree rings which in return interprets them into music. This is done by a camera with a light that reads the rings of each tree trunk cross-section- check it out!

4.http://photobotos.com/ I am nominating this blogger not because they are new, but because of how supportive they have been of my blog.  They have actually been featured on the main wordpress site.  This is my way of saying thank you to them!  Their blog features many gorgeous and breath-taking photography that is a must see.

5. http://whitneyhayes.wordpress.com/ I know Whitney personally, and she is a great friend of mine.  She blogs about her personal daily walk with God and shares different stories and lessons she has learned through experience and through reading.  Whitney is a very kind girl who is very good at expressing her thoughts and feelings through blogging.

Liebster Award Rules:

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed.
  5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog

Until next time, keep passing on the award 🙂

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

 

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R & R

The past three days have not been all that great.  The temperatures are falling, therefore my pain has increased.

It’s important to remember that with rheumatoid arthritis, you NEED to rest and relax.  I’ve been quite busy so I haven’t had much ME time.  I haven’t been able to workout and walk like I had been when it was in the 70s and 80s.  I am finding myself mentally and physically drained at times throughout the day, but I must keep moving.  I watched my nephew Braden with my sister from about 4-6, then from 7-9:30 I watched my cousin.  Tomorrow I am making sure that I get a workout in, maybe even a walk, considering it’s supposed to jump back up to 70 degrees tomorrow.

I am interested to see if many other arthritis sufferers truly notice a difference when the weather changes.  I honestly just do not feel good.  My wrist was bothering me an exceptional amount on Sunday.  It was rather pathetic, but I insisted on not taking any tylenol.  I am quite stubborn when it comes to taking pain relievers/reducers because I am already taking plaquenil and folic acid, not to mention methotrexate as well on Sundays.  Also, my headaches have returned though I can probably peg those to allergies or sinuses.

Also, do any of you know of family members, friends, or perhaps yourself, who have benefited from living in a warmer area, that has much more consistent temperatures?  I have heard stories of people who suffer from arthritis in a cooler and rainy environment who actually feel much better if they move to a warm area.  Not that I can or want to move out of Ohio, but it is something I should consider for the future.

On a much brighter note, I had an incredible weekend!  I visited Matt in Columbus and had such a great time hanging out with friends who I am getting to know better each time I visit.  Matt and I were able to go on a date to Chipotle and then we went shopping which can always brighten my mood.  I am very thankful that Matt is a helpful shopper.  Instead of dragging through forever 21 with me, I would ask him his opinion on some of the pieces I liked and he let me know whether or not I should get them.

I’m looking forward to a better tomorrow, and attempting to keep a positive attitude.

Until next time, keep resting and feeling better.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Rays of sunshine

The motivation I referred to in the previous post hasn’t worn away!  I’ve been doing multiple exercises throughout the day and I can honestly say I feel great, minus being sore.  Not a RA kind of sore, but an “I just used muscles that haven’t been used like this sore”.  Sore is good though when it comes to getting fit.  My RA is hardly bothering me at all.  I believe it’s a combination of nice consistent weather, eating smaller and healthier portions, working out, and taking walks.  WHY haven’t I done this sooner?! -oh that’s right…it was cold out.  Once it becomes nice out it is much easier to feel motivated to accomplish such tasks.

I took a walk again today at the park and took some photos.  It’s always interesting to “people watch” when you are out in public.  A few people I noticed were an elderly couple on a motorcycle-super cute, a dad walking with his daughter while she drove around her barbie car, a lady tanning/reading, and a lady scolding her dog because it wouldn’t drop the ball.

Hopefully this abnormally warm weather sticks around!  I’ve really learned to appreciate sunny days and am learning to love exercising.  I really need to take proper care of my body, especially since my immune system is fighting against my joints.

Until next time, keep taking advantage of beautiful days.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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