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Update on my Life

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I fell on the sidewalk during one of my walks this week and yes, it hurt but the worst part about falling (IMHO) is trying to get back up again since I can't use my knees because of the RA. But, I fell by a van and I used the tire on the van to help push me up and my tiny friend, Heather also assisted in pulling me up.

It's amazing how fast going from an upright positon to sprawled on the sidewalk is. But, I was mostly fine that day. The real pain didn't start until the next morning when my right shoulder was really sore. And, there was a wicked bruise on my right elbow. My "new" massage therapist said my shoulder hurt because my elbow jarred it. But, all in all, I didn't fair too badly. Good thing it's winter and I was wearing lots of padding. If it had been summer, I probably wouldn't have fared so well.

Also, I've been telling people that Heather tripped me so that they won't know that I'm such a klutz! LOL!

So, I went to a "new" massage therapist on Thursday night. This one is a man, which I wasn't too keen on initially. But, I felt like I really connected with him. I really liked him better than the woman masseuse I went to. I didn't connect with her at all. So, I've made two more appointments with him --- one for this coming Thursday and one for Christmas Eve morning, which will be the last one before I leave for CUBA on December 27th! emoticon

My rib cage and upper back are feeling better this week and I'm hoping that by the time I leave for Cuba, I will be on my way to having a pain-free upper body.

I haven't done much Christmas shopping because DH works for General Motors and we don't know what's happening with his job. He's laid off this week and next and then it's Christmas shutdown and then he's supposed to go back on nights on January 4th. I wish we just knew already one way or the other so that we can get on with our lives. I mean I really wish that the auto companies will be bailed out with a loan so that his job isn't in jeopardy because he only has 5 more years before he can retire and it would be good if that happened but if the Big 3 don't get the bailout, I'd like to know that too and then we could at least make plans on what we have to do. It's this not knowing that's causing so much stress in our lives.

So far for Christmas presents, I've bought a rosemary tree ($19.99) for my dad and scotch mints, licorice all-sorts, cashew nuts and an Inukshuk kit for my mother-in-law. And, I've ordered a Photo Life magazine subscription for DH and bought him some mango chili sauce. And, that's it. I want to get my dad a magazine subscription --- something about art since he's taking drawing classes on Tuesdays but I haven't ordered it yet and I need to get DH something else. I'm off on Wednesday because it's the holiday assembly at my niece and nephews' school, which I always go to so I may go shopping in the afternoon. We'll see.

Anyways, that's it for now. I hope all my Sparkfriends are doing well and staying upright! Take care!

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1888MICHELLE 12/15/2008 8:06AM

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    I'm so glad that you weren't injured more in your fall. Take care of yourself ant tell Heather that I said keep her feet out of your path ! lol.

I understand the "not knowing" part of your DH job causing you stress. We're here for you to lean on...don't reach for food, like I did.

Have a great time in Cuba, I probably won't get to talk to you much before you leave. We leave on the 21st for TN, so hang in there and I'll see you in January !

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Massage & Reward Update

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I had my massage on Monday night and it was both soothing and painful. I didn't really warm to the masseuse. She was okay but not someone I felt comfortable with. And, I kind of hated her place of business. It was very loud and busy - not at all relaxing. My back felt better the next day but by yesterday, it was sore again.

I've booked another massage with a different therapist for next Thursday night (it's a guy) so we'll see how that goes.

Also, I had decided that I was going to buy a new tankini to celebrate my 10 pound weight loss and to take with me on my trip to Cuba on December 27th but holy cow, they're pricey! And, there's not a great selection either. So, I decided instead of the tankini to get two new exercise DVDs instead so I've ordered Jari Love's Get Ripped and Crunch Latin Rhythms.

I know I'll like the Jari Love one because I got it out of the library and it was awesome but I don't know about the other one. I really hope it's good because the last DVDs I got were a 2-DVD set called Deante Dance and I was really disappointed with them because they don't get my heart rate up at all!

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1888MICHELLE 12/4/2008 12:37PM

    I'm so sorry it wasn't a great experience. I love to treat myself once a year to the Elmwood Spa in Toronto. Very nice...and pricey...but oh so worth it. I generally fall asleep because I'm so relaxed. Sore the next day, but then so pliable after that!!

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    Although massages make me feel wonderful during the massage, it never lasts for me. Hopefully, you'll like your next one better.

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Taking Control & A Celebration

Monday, December 01, 2008

First off, I lost 10 pounds in November! That's the most I've ever lost in one month and I'm just thrilled!

Second, Saturday night, I decided I was going to take control of my back issues by calling my rheumatologist's office today to tell them that I'm going to stop taking the Orencia, which I believe is the cause of all my back issues. It's helping with the rheumatoid arthritis but my back is so sore a lot of the time, it's definitely not worth it! So, on to the next drug....

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    Congrats on the weight loss ! You've found your groove.

Did the rheumy have anything interestering to say when you told them you weren't taking the Orencia any more?

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KIERAE 12/2/2008 10:34AM

    Congrats on the 10 pound weight loss - wow!! emoticon

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GEMMAJO 12/1/2008 5:57PM

    well done with the weight loss thats emoticon emoticon hope your back
is soon easier for you gem x

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MOLLIEMAC 12/1/2008 12:11PM

    emoticon...well done, Joanna, on both fronts...MJ

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Agony last night but maybe light in the tunnel soon

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I only slept for about 3 hours last night because my rib cage was so inflamed! But, I had to go to work. I was off sick last week for 2 days and the week before for 1 day so I didn't want to book off again and besides that I'm running a meeting on Friday and I need to get ready for it and I can't do it at home (actually, I probably could but I haven't asked my boss about that yet).

Anyway, I went to work feeling very, very sleepy and still quite sore so I plugged in my heating pad and drank the energy drink I kept for emergencies. And, then one of the guys I work with said that he and his wife were going out for lunch and when I asked where they were going, he named a few places including Williams Coffee Pub, which makes wonderful Chai Lattes so I asked him if he went there if he could please bring me one. Well, he and his wife didn't go there for lunch but he stopped by anyway just to get me my Chai Latte and it thrilled me. I told him I loved him and he was my absolute #1 favourite person at work today! And, then this afternoon, I skipped my walk because I felt so awful (oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that yesterday on our walk in the rain, the 3 of us had umbrellas and spent a lot of the walk trying to keep from knocking each other's umbrella and because I wasn't paying all that much attention, I walked into the pointy thing on the side of a fire hydrant and killed my right knee. I actually swore! OMG!) and also seemed to end up skipping my lunch (I ate but at my desk) because I have so much to do and had a Diet Coke this afternoon and was still tired enough to sleep when I got home tonight.

But, my husband wanted to contact someone on My Space but he didn't want to actually join so I did and that woke me up somewhat because I actually had to think.

So, anyways, the light in the tunnel is that my doctor's office finally came up with a massage therapist for me and I go to see her on Monday and I'm really, really hoping she can help me with this horrible, agonising rib cage pain that my rheumy says is muscle spasms because after last night, I decided I honestly don't want to have to live with that much pain and that little sleep for the rest of my life whenever it's damp out.

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LISA_HDS 11/27/2008 1:18PM

  Bkwerm.....hope you are feeling better today!!!! emoticon

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FABGRAMMA 11/27/2008 12:32AM

    Hope you get some much needed pain relief soon, think postive and good luck

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NOR1498 11/26/2008 8:24PM

    Joanna, nothing worse than lack of sleep due to pain! I know how awful that can be....hoping the massage helps. Until then I hope you feel better and are able to get some rest! emoticon

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JENDAN30 11/26/2008 7:46PM

    I really feel for you. This is such a horrible thing to go through. I hope the massage helps you. Good luck!! emoticon

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Interesting Day

Thursday, November 20, 2008

So, I got up at 4:45 this morning, took my back pills, did my workout and then I started getting ready for work. I'm off tomorrow so today was supposed to be my Friday so I put on jeans and then tried to find a top. I tried on a couple of tops that didn't fit me last year and even though they're still a little snug, they fit better than they did last year.

So, anyways I was feeling pretty good. I made my breakfast (my favourite PB & honey on toast with tea) and sat down to eat it (it was about 7:10). All of a sudden my stomach started to hurt and I broke out in a sweat and thought I was going to throw up so even before I swallowed my first bite of toast, I ended up spitting it out and running to the bathroom shedding clothes on the way because I was so hot.

So, I started to feel a little dizzy so I ended up sitting on the toilet instead of puking into it and I seriously thought I was going to pass out. I managed to get to the bedroom and laid down on the bed until the dizziness passed. By this time, it was about 7:30 and I didn't know what was wrong with me but I really didn't think I should drive into work in case I got dizzy again. So, I called the on call doctor, who just happened to be my GP and I told him what had happened and that I had taken for the first time the back pills that he prescribed for me on Tuesday at 5 a.m. and wondered if they had anything to do with my episode and he confirmed that it probably did and suggested that I stay home today and take it easy and maybe next time, I should take them before I go to bed instead of first thing in the morning.

So, I called work and told them that I wouldn't be in again today (it's getting to be a weekly habit) and thought that I would have a low key leisurely day. NOT!!!

About 10ish, a social worker from our local hospital called to tell me that my mother-in-law was in the ER there and had been since yesterday but that she was fine and she just wanted someone to call us so that if we were trying to reach her, we wouldn't worry. I asked why she was at the hospital and the social worker said that Mary (my mil) wasn't feeling well yesterday and just came to get checked out. They were running a bunch of tests on her to see if there was anything wrong.

So, Jake (DH) had worked nights last night and had only been asleep for half an hour but I thought he might like to know that his mum was in the hospital so I woke him to tell him and he told me that he talked to his mum the other night and she told him that her pointer finger was swollen and so she'd been to the doctor and he told her not to worry about it, that it was probably just osteoarthritis and that at her age (71), it was fairly normal. In the meantime, she'd also been to the dentist and he had put a new tooth in her mouth by putting a post in and building it around the post and she thought maybe he had accidentally poisoned her (my mil is a bit of a hypochondriac and she's very paranoid, thinks everything is a conspiracy). So, the fact that she ended up at the hospital wasn't all that surprising. Anyway, he was too tired to drive and I was under doctor's orders not to drive either so neither of us went to the hospital (which I feel a little guilty about).

But I called his sister and brother and his sister drove out to go see her mum at the hospital. About an hour after I talked to my sil, the social worker called again to say that Mary had been released and sent home in a taxi so I called my sil again and gave her the update.

So, in some ways it's good that I stayed home today. We can't hear the phone in the bedroom so Jake wouldn't have found out about this until this afternoon if I hadn't been here and my sil and bil wouldn't have been apprised of the situation either.

And, then the whole thing exhausted me so much, I napped for two hours this afternoon.

And, I have to have bloodwork done tomorrow morning so I have to fast for 12 hours so I ate more than I usually do for dinner in hopes that I won't be hungry again until 9ish tomorrow morning but I am worried because I often wake up in the middle of the night hungry and if I don't wake up in the middle of the night hungry then I'm always hungry when I get up in the morning and I can't even drink water to compensate.

Whew! Night!


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