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Friday, March 12, 2010

So, I took my dad out to dinner last night for the Taste of Burlington, which is where a bunch of restaurants decide to set a fixed menu for a fixed price.

We ended up going to Ivanka's Downtown Bistro & Grill and my husband ended up coming with us, too. The restaurant wasn't the easiest to get in and out of for one person with rheumatoid arthritis, one person with a broken ankle and one person with a swollen knee because of all the stairs but I believe it was well worth it because it was very good and a very good value, too ($35 per person, which included appetizer, entrée, dessert and coffee or tea).

To start with, my dad had a Pear & Fig salad, which was chilled mixed greens garnished with fresh pear, sundried cranberries, candied walnuts, stilton cheese, drizzled with mission fig port dressing. My husband had the Peppercorn Shrimp, which was sautéed Black Tiger Shrimp in a Madagascar green peppercorn Dijon cream sauce over grilled baguette and I had a Cream of Broccoli soup with double smoked bacon and Gruyère cheese and they were all very good.

For the entrée, I had the 10 oz Veal Chop, which was lightly seasoned and grilled, topped with a wild mushroom hunter sauce, served with garlic mash and fresh vegetables. My husband had the Prosciutto Cordon Bleu, which was boneless chicken breast filled with Gruyère cheese and prosciutto, dusted with thyme scented panko crumbs, topped with a creamy garlic and spinach sauce, served with savoury roasted potatoes and sautéed mixed vegetables and my dad had the Gorgonzola Penne, which was mild gorgonzola fresh cream, sautéed leeks and double smoked bacon tossed with roasted walnuts and fresh penne.

Anyone hungry yet?

And, for dessert, my husband had the Bourbon Pecan Pie, I had the Crepe filled with warm hazelnut, fresh fruit, topped with whipped cream and my dad had the Berry Mousse.

And, my dad and husband both had coffee and I had a Chai tea.

I think it was well worth the $35 per person, don't you?

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/12/2010 5:23PM

    Sounds like a great value with everything you ate. Glad you enjoyed it! I almost always take the stairs anymore, unless I'm going with someone who can't navigate them.
Have a great weekend! Make each decision the best one possible!

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JHADZHIA 3/12/2010 10:11AM

    Yes, it certainly was, very exotic food, and it sounds like they didn't scrimp on the portion sizes either. Some hoity poity places stick a tiny serving in the middle of the plate with fancy drizzles and what not swirled around the plate. You appear to have gotten your money's worth there. Glad you enjoyed it!
I am surprised there are still inaccessible places around. At the very least some will put a chair lift going up the stairs on a rail. But I will do stairs as opposed to the easy way out in spite of my RA as my knees are both fixed now anyway.
Hope you have a good weekend!

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In Retrospect Maybe My Life Isn't So Bad After All...

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I was feeling pretty bummed this morning in light of this new diagnosis (thanks for all the support) but when I got to work, I heard the most awful news!

One of the guys that I work with had a serious accident with his snow blower. He was snow blowing out his driveway when something got caught in the blades and he figured that he could just kick it out (without turning it off). Unfortunately, his leg then got caught. And, the long and the short of it is that his right leg below his knee has been amputated and his left leg has been reattached and his right arm is badly broken. Not only was he injured but his 89 year old mother heard his screams and came outside to help him and she was also injured (not as badly).

So, you see, I’m feeling much better about my life now, although I feel sick about what has happened to John.

So, anyone with a snow blower out there, please, please, please turn it off if you have any problems with it BEFORE you try to fix it!

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TRAINOF4 3/4/2010 4:46PM

    Oh my - how awful! I'm so glad he's alive though. Now the long recovery. I knew someone who was mowing the lawn in flip flops & cut off some of his toes. Yep - men do seem to do these kinds of things. Not sure why??

But you're right, those kinds of events do seem to make us grateful for what we have.

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JHADZHIA 3/4/2010 7:36AM

    Oh that is so horrible :( Sorry to hear that :( Unfortunately its not a rare occurrence as men seem to feel they can clear obstructions from what ever machine they are using without turning it off -so many farm accidents like this, lawn mowers, cars, etc.
I wish him and his mother a full recovery..

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MUSIC66 3/3/2010 3:49AM

    that sounds awful glad he is alive though.

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DDOORN 3/2/2010 9:59PM

    Uh...and I thought I just stuck with my trusty lightweight plastic shovel for the CALORIES BURNED!

My heart goes out to him...what a tragedy!


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    That's sad emoticon At least he is still alive.

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Good News & Bad

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I went to see my rheumatologist yesterday and I told him that I didn’t think the Rituxan was working because I’ve been having a lot of joint pain for the last two months (ankles, knees, elbows and shoulders predominantly).

But, he said that my sedimentation rate (inflammation factor) was at 40 when I was first diagnosed with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and now it’s at 5 so therefore, something is working and he believes it to be the Rituxan.

So, that’s the good news but it doesn’t explain all the pain I’ve been having so I asked him about it and he looked at some of my joints and didn’t see any inflammation and then he squeezed them and they hurt a lot! So, he thinks that I may have developed a secondary auto-immune disease, which is common apparently and this one he thinks is fibromyalgia, which is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain in the muscles and soft tissues surrounding joints, fatigue, and tenderness at specific sites in the body.

I can definitely speak to the fatigue. I’ve been tired for weeks and it doesn’t seem to matter how much sleep I get. And, I know that my shins are tender because whenever the cat stands on them when getting comfortable enough to lie down on them, it hurts so maybe he’s right but I must say I’m not thrilled about this new development.

Anyway, he’s prescribed me a low dose of Amitriptyline, which is an anti-depressant that is sometimes also used to treat pain.

And, then I’m to go back to see him in a month to see if it’s helping.

So, that’s that.

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TRAINOF4 3/4/2010 4:48PM

    It isn't unusual for a person with an auto-immune disease to have multiple diseases. I think my doctor called it "overlap syndrome."

My rheum has told me I have fibro as well as the lupus & RA. It's no fun getting a new diagnosis. I'm sening you big hugs emoticon gentle ones though.

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    I have a lot of joint pain too. Hope you feel better emoticon

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1888MICHELLE 3/2/2010 8:40AM

    CFS and FM are almost as bad as the RA. My heart goes out to you. Just get plenty of sleep and eat well...it does help.

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MUSIC66 3/2/2010 6:43AM

    so sorry to here your bad news hope your new meds work.

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MOLLIEMAC 3/2/2010 6:39AM

    Joanna, so sorry. The antidepressant will help strangely enough as it will allow you to have a really deep sleep while letting your muscles relax and become less inflamed. All the best...MJ emoticon

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JHADZHIA 3/2/2010 6:27AM

    So sorry you got this awful news :( I hope that works for you. Yet another thing RA sufferers have to put up with, like we don't have enough already. The question is why wouldn't Rituxan work for it as well since it is supposed to be an immune suppressant??? You will be in my thoughts.

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"Why can't I lose weight?" - Reason #1

Thursday, January 21, 2010

From Best Health magazine:

"The weekend effect - To combat overindulging on Saturday and Sunday, pay attention to portion size, weigh yourself daily or at least Friday and Monday and watch your alcohol intake, which provides empty calories and lowers your food inhibitions. Researchers have found that people don't realize they eat markedly more on weekends, particularly on Saturdays, when they tend to consume more fat. Those extra calories slow weight loss."

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JHADZHIA 2/4/2010 7:12AM

    Ah yes, the dreaded weekends! I don't go out to eat and I don't drink any alcohol, but I do indulge in some of Mom's great home cooking! She has a husband who can eat large quantities of high carb high, fat food and not gain an ounce. He doesn't like greenery -meat and potatoes man -etc, etc. He can eat a huge meal -the portions are amazing, and be snacking an hour later!! So Mom has to big batch cook -for him! She freezes portions -one of which would give me four meals!! I do bring my own food, so only eat one indulgent meal a day -I stay there on my days off!
Hope you hva a good day and get back on track!

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DDOORN 1/21/2010 8:48AM

    I've usually been a once-a-week scale person, however I'm finding that weighing in during / around weekends has been QUITE enlightening!


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JACOBSS914 1/21/2010 8:18AM

    It is true, I find tracking has helped me the most. At least I have the information to make the decisions with. And if I am going out, lots of pre-planning. It might not go quite like I want, but if I have a plan I am more likely to stick with it.

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ZORGLUBB 1/21/2010 6:55AM

  Ooff, this is so true. And add the effects of wine or beer we might have during the weekends. Give me two glasses of wine (any more than that and I fall asleep!) and I start to make bad judgements about food. It is very frustrating.

To combat this, I do my weekly weigh -in on Mondays. Helps me to stay on track during the weekends if I know I will have to deal with it on Monday morning at the scale.

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2010 - A Year of Promise

Friday, January 01, 2010

Well, I just figured out how many days I exercised in 2009 and it's 253, which my husband says is good but I'm not satisfied with it so I want to exercise a minimum of 300 days in 2010. Of course, I'm not off to a good start because my back is achy today and I'm wearing my heating pad but if I feel better later, we may go for a walk.

2010 is going to be an exciting year for me with a few trips planned. The first trip is in February (Feb. 5th to 12th) to Jamaica with my Dad. We will be staying at the Rosehall Beach Resort. Here's a link to it:


And, then I'm going to be celebrating my 50th birthday in May so I'm planning a trip to Ste. Anne's Country Inn & Spa in Grafton, Ontario with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and aunt-in-law. Here's a link to it:


My mum took me here once and we had a great time except for the spa treatments I received (massage & facial) because they hurt but the food was good and I loved the hot tubs, sauna and pool so I'm looking forward to going again.

I'm thinking we could book one of their cabins. I specifically want to book the Sentosa because it comes with its own personal hot tub but we'll see:


And, then it's my sister-in-law's 25th wedding anniversary so we have to plan something for that and it's my Dad's 80th birthday in September so we're planning on going to a resort in the Kawartha's for that.

I just hope that Jake (hubby) isn't laid off again this year so that we can afford all of this. Although, I've said that I could pay for my spa myself, if necessary.

Anyway, that's my exciting year. I just hope that I feel better this year than last year and that everything goes smoothly!

Happy New Year!

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DDOORN 1/1/2010 8:58PM

    Good goals and lovely times ahead for 2010!

Sending wishes for the happiest, healthiest year YET! :-)


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JHADZHIA 1/1/2010 1:09PM

    Wow, sounds like lots of fun!
Its sound like you need to find one of those full torso heating pads that you can sleep all night on. When I feel particularly achy, this low heat, safe heating pad has helped me wake up feeling better than I when I went to sleep. The muscle spasms I was having in my foot, for example, are gone now. It was a Christmas gift my sister gave me, and its been the best gift I have ever received! Its made by Sunbeam and she got it at WalMart. Many is the time I have gone to bed feeling cold and achy and waking up feeling better. Tip: I always turn it on under the covers 15 minutes before I go to bed to warm everything up!
I hope you have a great New Year!

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