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Turbo Jam

Saturday, January 26, 2008

So I bought this DVD and I did it this morning for the first time and OMG, did it ever get my heartrate up! After 22 minutes, I wanted it to be over but I persevered and did the whole Cardio Party!

  
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MAMASHARI 1/26/2008 6:04PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Turbo Jam! I have several DVD's and do them at least 3 times a week. Stick with it--I was the same way when I started. I couldn't hardly get thru the 20 min DVD she has!!

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OKANOG 1/26/2008 2:10PM

  Good for You!


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Good News

Monday, January 21, 2008

The echocardiogram came back negative. I don't have pericarditis. The nurse said that I was probably just having a severe flare that happened to be affecting the joints in my chest and back. Thanks for everyone's support and concern!

  
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ROCKERCHICK07 1/22/2008 10:54AM

    Whew ::wipes sweat off brow:: Thank God! I'm sooo happy to hear that. Now you can rest easier at least with that knowledge. I was so concerned for you. Those flares can be a bit*h... Feel better Joanna, and as much as you want to work out, just go easy hon. Be good to yourself.

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MOLLIEMAC 1/22/2008 8:44AM

    Wahoo!...MJ

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Echocardiogram

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I called my rheumatologist yesterday about this pain I'm having and he booked me for a echocardiogram this morning at 8 a.m. because he thought it sounded like pericarditis (inflammation of the fibrous sac surrounding the heart).

So, I went to the hospital this morning for this test and holy cr*p, I am in so much pain and have been since this morning. Essentially, they have this metal probe that they coat with gel and they press on various areas around the heart to get a picture of what's going on (like an ultrasound of the heart area) and it felt like she was pressing on all the areas on me that have been especially sore for the last 2 weeks and since then I've been in agony and nothing helps. Heat doesn't help. Cold doesn't help. Tylenols with codeine don't help. Extra strength ibuprofen doesn't help. I'm so sore and my right arm has been numb/tingly most of the day.

I got to work around 9:30 but I ended up going home at noon because I couldn't concentrate because I was so sore. My rheumatologist also told me to stop taking the Humira until we determine what's wrong. Why do drugs that are supposed to help always seem to make me feel worse?

  
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ROCKERCHICK07 1/19/2008 12:24PM

    This is scary Joanna..... I got so sick on the Enbrel and for some it's a miracle drug...I am a bit afraid of the Humira now...I havea script to get it once I get out of rehab...and now I'm not so sure I wanna take it. Damn girl....I hope you feel better. You worry me... Please keep us updated. Take care.

Akasha

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WALKINGWOMAN07 1/18/2008 12:24PM

    Here's hoping that they get the results soon and that some there is some plan of action. In the meantime, here's hoping that there is some relief from this pain for you really soon.

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MOLLIEMAC 1/18/2008 10:30AM

    Ouch...I hope you find some help soon- don't be afraid to demand some action if things start to drag. You need your life back...MJ

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Update on My Health

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

For the last week and a half, I have been having pain in my sternum and shoulder blades and it sometimes feels like my rib cage is squeezing the air out of me so that it's hard to catch my breath. Because of this, I had an appointment with my GP on Monday and he sent me for a chest x-ray. Also, because of this, my rheumatologist has made an appointment for me to go to a local hospital tomorrow morning for a ECG. He wants an ECG done to rule out the possibility of pericarditis (essentially inflammation of the fibrous sac surrounding the heart). Another possibility for this trouble I'm having is the Humira that I take bi-weekly so he has suggested that I stop taking it until we figure this out.

  
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ROCKERCHICK07 1/19/2008 12:22PM

    I wish you the best....it's scary to have that feeling I'm sure Joanna. How are you feeling now?
Sending you healing energy!

Akasha

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BECKH888 1/17/2008 12:06PM

    Keep us posted. I hope everything goes well and it is nothing serious. God bless, Beckie

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MOLLIEMAC 1/17/2008 8:33AM

    Glad to see that you and your doctors are being proactive- good luck!...MJ

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Official Weigh-In Day

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I belong to a challenge where the weigh-in day is Monday so I can't change my weight tracker (below). So, I thought I would just post my weight here in my blog just like I do every Wednesday.

I'm down 2.6 pounds. Woohoo! So, officially I'm at 214.4 this morning. Bring it on, baby. Oh yeah... :)

  
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OKANOG 1/18/2008 2:46PM

  WOOO!HOOO! YOUR DOING GREAT BKWERM!

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MOLLIEMAC 1/16/2008 2:34PM

    Well done! You've started the ball rolling, now keep that momentum growing...MJ

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