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Sweet September

Here is a quick update on my RA since I have moved…

August 3rd-8th(ish), I experienced swelling in my knees due to drinking pop-that is what my previous post discusses.  I have not had any problems with my knees since then!  Other than an accidental sip of sprite-cause I thought it was water, I have not had any pop.

Over labor day weekend, for whatever reason my right pointer finger started to ache and the knuckle became swollen.  That pain lasted for about five days, but it has reverted back to a painless, non-swollen finger…thank goodness!  I am not exactly sure the reason for this most reason flare up, though thankfully it wasn’t throughout my whole body, and just in my finger.  I am assuming it was due to eating A LOT of unhealthy food over that weekend.

Tomorrow starts another week, and I am hoping and praying for minimal pain!  The weather is starting to cool off to about 75 degrees, which is when I feel most comfortable, and I think my RA is at its best during this type of weather.

Switching topics!  On Friday, while I was just finishing up nannying for the week, I was blessed with two tickets that had VERY good seats to the OSU game that was played on Saturday.  The family I nanny for was able to get box seating, so they graciously offered me their seats!  Matt and I went and had SUCH a great time!!   The Bucks won and the weather was perfect.

Nannying is going well, and I am certainly learning SO much about what it means to care for children and cater to their every need.  I’ve had several tough, mentally draining days, but I remind myself that each day is a new start!  I pray for patience often and the ability to love on them no matter what!  God has definitely allowed me to already gain experience for the future when I have children of my own.

Until next time, enjoy the fall weather!  Open your windows and let the fresh breeze in!

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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In the blink of an eye

I’ve been anxiously awaiting to be able to write a post about this, and the time has finally arrived!

I am moving out and I found a nanny job!!!!  I will finish working as Secretary on July 27th, and will leave for my new home that afternoon.  It still seems completely unreal to me.  “Is this real life”?-(David after the dentist)  I will be living with six other gals who all love God!  We each get our own room, and my parent’s have already moved down the majority of my furniture.  I can’t even begin to imagine how wonderful it will be to only live less than ten minutes away from Matt.  We’ve been dealing with distance since our relationship began, so it will be nice that I won’t have to actually plan times when I can visit him…I can just drive over!

I am so thrilled to nanny for such a wonderful, Christian family.  God has truly opened doors of opportunity for me that I hadn’t even known existed just a few short months ago.  I knew that if this were to all work out, that I would have to totally let go and let God guide my footsteps.  I experienced anxiety, peace, hopefulness, but most of all patience during the waiting period.  I am incredibly thankful for what He has allowed to happen.  Now that the puzzle pieces have aligned and fit together for the next chapter of my life, I can joyfully move forward!

The pressures of properly budgeting and accepting all responsibilities of living on my own are certainly starting to settle in my bones, but I’m up for the challenge.  I guess you could say I’m putting my big girl pants on.  I’m so blessed to have been taught how to save money, because I wouldn’t be able to move out had I not been extra careful with my finances.  I’m looking forward to grocery shopping, doing all of my laundry, making meals, working full-time, and yes, even mowing the lawn at our house.  I’ve been spoiled living with my family because every one of those responsibilities were always taken care of.

I have decided that for the time being, I am going to stay with my current rheumatologist even though I am moving farther away.  I literally just transferred and had my first appointment with him in April, so I’d rather not have to go through the whole transferring of records and x-ray process all over again.  I am going to have to find a new pharmacy to pick up my monthly prescriptions, but I’m pretty sure I’m already gonna go ahead with Kroger since it’s super close to my new home.  There is just so much floating around in my mind, so many details that I need to figure out once I move in.

Until next time, be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it 😉

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps”. Proverbs 16:9

 
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Posted by on June 5, 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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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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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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