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Dr Appt Update

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Well, I had a bad 3 day flare last week and I've had two bad days this week (yesterday and today). Since, March 7th, I've been keeping a pain diary and I printed it up nicely and took it my doctor's appointment with me.

He's agreed that I can stop taking the Humira but he wants me to try Orencia. I'll have to do some research on it. All I know about it is that I have to go to the doctor's office for it because I get through an IV, which I've never done before.

It would be nice if THIS ONE works. It will be the third biologic that I've tried...

I also had my very first energy drink today because I had a lousy sleep last night because of the pain and I was really tired all day today and then I was supposed to play bridge tonight and I wasn't going to get home until 11:30 and Diet Coke wasn't doing a thing so I thought I'd try an energy drink. I drank it before bridge and then wouldn't you know it but bridge was cancelled. The drink woke me up but I'm not feeling REALLY alert but I'm not feeling really sleepy anymore either so I guess it did what it was supposed to. It just doesn't feel like it gave me all that much energy!


This Week's Weigh-in

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I'm down a whole point 2 pounds (.2)! WooHoo!

But, I should be grateful it's not a gain since I haven't exercised or kept track of my food since Monday.

I've had a terrible week, pain-wise. I've been suffering from a flare in my rib cage. Apparently, it's called costochondritis (ribcage pain from swollen cartilage). But, whatever it's called, I just want it to go away. I'm wondering if it's being caused by the Humira I'm taking since this is the second episode like this that I've had since I started taking Humira in December. I thought it was bad when my knees were sore and it is but I really don't like this either.

I've spent the past week with heating pads, hot water bottles and ice packs on my chest and back. And, I missed 3 days of work and 3 meetings that I'm instrumental in because of it. So far today, I'm feeling a little better (touch wood) and I'm supposed to go and visit my sister and her kids this morning so perhaps I will. It's been pretty mild here this week (between 30 and 40).

Anyway, I hope I'm better by Monday because there's work that needs to get done at work and only I can do it.

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MOLLIEMAC 3/15/2008 9:36AM

    Hang in there...MJ

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

I've never seen so much snow that has fallen all at once in my life! I was just amazed that it could snow for so long! I've put some new photos in my gallery showing the snow for those of you who didn't get to experience it. Thoughtful, eh?

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ROCKERCHICK07 3/12/2008 10:50AM

    WOW....THAT's a TON of snow! WE haven't seen anything like that since about 96 in this area....we NEVER get that much normally, ocean temps keep it out of our backyards....I'm almost jealous. Great pic of it! Hope you are doing well. Spring is a wekk away....I will be glad for the warm weather. It cheers me up. April 8th I get my knee fixed....and then I can start on the Humera... I hope it works for me. I'm having a difficult time with my joints right now... Keep in touch!


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LESSOFPMCD 3/9/2008 10:55AM

    It looks like this picture was taken out of my window. I'm from Hamilton and we certainly got a lot of snow over the last couple of days. But today is a bright sunny day today so it a great day for everyone to get out and clean away all the snow.

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My Weight Loss Ticker

Saturday, March 08, 2008

I've changed my start weight to the weight that I was when I initially started trying to lose weight back in 1998 to remind myself how far I've come. Last Saturday when I had to weigh myself for the start of my challenge, I was over what I started at when I joined SparkPeople last fall so I had to change my start weight to reflect that (which I think is unreasonable since last Saturday's weight wasn't my start weight) so 264 reflects my true start weight and so that's why I've changed it. So, there!

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    Sounds good to me! We all need reminders of how far we've come so that we can continue.

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It's been awhile...

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Since I returned from vacation, winter is feeling very long. We've had several snowstorms and another one started yesterday and is expected to last until tonight. We're supposed to get 10 to 15 inches in total. Personally, I don't really care because it's Saturday and I don't absolutely, positively need to go out . But my husband is working today and my dad and my sister and her family are supposed to be flying to Italy tonight so this weather will definitely affect them!

This week, I also started a challenge on my Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis team. I've never run a challenge before but the people in it seem to be enjoying it. And, I'm learning some stuff as it goes along too! I also started a new post called Inquiring Minds Want to Know and it's pretty interesting, too.

And, today is the first weigh-in of the challenge. The bad news is, I didn't lose anything. The good news is, I didn't gain anything. It was a challenging week for me food-wise and exercise-wise. I had two meals out at restaurants and I didn't feel well enough to exercise a few of the days. I also attended a big meeting on Monday where not only did I have a doughnut, but I had a muffin, too! Hopefully, next week will be better.

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OKANOG 3/8/2008 3:17PM

  BKWERM's ~ That's good you stayed the same.
We all can't be Loosers every week!
Though trying is the best solution to shrinking!

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