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Sunday, February 06, 2011

I met with an ortho, Dr. Balis, at Cleveland clinic yesterday. I was very impressed with his determination to start fresh, and thoroughly cover how I got where I am. He obviously disagreed with everything that had been done around here by any and all dr's, but he reserved much criticism due to professional courtesy. Suffice it to say, I am shocked at some of the failings, and not by others.

We discussed the possiblity of knee replacement, but he said that in the case of a person with fibro it often does not go well to do a replacement. The pain of the surgery and the rehabilitation is typically too much. Therefore, the person is unable to do the rehab work; the knee basically seizes up; the scar heals hard; the skin has no stretch and the surgery was a wasted effort. So, for him, surgery would be the last choice and he did agree with trying to hold it off as long as possible.

His approach was multi-level. He said the Hyalgen shots I got last year were done improperly. They are to be given weekly for 5 weeks. I got them 3 increments spaced by 4 week intervals. His thought was that this would only buy me a few months at a time of relief, but better relief than I experienced last year with the way they were given. Of course, lose weight and go back to specific knee/leg exercises focusing on strengthening the calf and knee muscles for support.

I was diagnosed by The Arthritis Center in PGH with osteo-arthritis and fibromyalgia. Ortho said that rheumatoid arthritis can pop up over multiple testings and if it did, the shots are not recommended. His next step was he sent me to the next floor up to a rheum. dr. who confirmed again the osteo/fibro diagnoses and some term for the extreme pain felt with any pressure, forget what it was.

Then things got interesting. Dr. Yao did not agree even with the shots. His premise was that the shots are so painful that fibro patients get very little benefit. That is what I went through last year. By the time I healed from the shots themselves, I received little benefit. So, I tend to agree with him. He asked me to put the shots on hold for at least 6 months and give his therapies a try.

1. An additional anti-depressant to deal with both depression and fibro reactions.

2. Weight loss & the same leg muscle exercises mentioned before.

3. Sleep by 11:30 - for me, since 1/2 a.m. is more my typical bedtime.

4. Lighter supper (salad, little meat) when eating after 6pm suppers.

5. Hot showers, particularly before bed. - (jacuzzi tub or hot tub soak if you're that lucky!)

6. Insulate yourself from the cold inside/outside whatever it takes.

7. Be consistent with the motrin or whatever you take.

8. Use the cane, don't be too proud and don't take the chance of back-tracking with falls.

9. Walk in increments around on level inside, or slow on a treadmill if you have access.

10. Because of the arthritis and meniscus damage in my knee, he has ordered knee braces. Because the inside cartilage is much worse than the outside, he has ordered shoe wedges to change my gait more towards the better outside meniscus.

11. Keep getting tested for rheumatoid, stay on top of it in case it does pop up in the future.

He was adamant about something that sold me on everything he said. For once, a doctor said that stating all I needed to do was lose weight was crazy. He was very energetic about the fact that what I have is multi-faceted, complicated and very difficult to control. There is no cure for any of it. There is no restoring damage that's been done. And as I age, the arthritis will continue its path, so what to do is to do our best to deal with the disease and its damage as we go. I was in tears. For the first time, someone got it. AND my husband was there to hear it! Thank You, Lord!

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HEALTHY4ME 11/19/2011 8:13PM

    OH I am so interested in this, I have had one knee scoped and cleaned out cos they thought it was meniscus, but it was fine just severe arthritis osteo. the othe knee is so bad, it is bone on bone at the inner side. My dr has said check into knee brace also to see if he can alleviate the pain and wear and tear as they don't do knee replacements here until you are 60 or can't walk at all. So to lose wt I have to be able to walk, so calling monday to get an estimate to send to my insurance.
Glad you found more info and hope you get some relief!

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    I'm a nurse and the advice sounds really good to me. As someone who was formerly in a wheelchair with R.A. and now do 15,000 plus steps a day I know that you can get help and improve.

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GRITS46 2/6/2011 7:15PM

    Dawn, being a fibro and arthritis sufferer, I'm so glad you saw a rheumatologist. I had a great ortho who figured out what it was and said, "You need to see a rheumatologist." That's when I got on track many years ago. I have rarely suffered the same pain level with the fibro since I began following his plan to the letter. However, the arthritis is degenerative in all its facets and I've had to have some surgeries but have been fortunate to get through them without any additional fibro pain. Recently, however, the fibro pain with muscle soreness, fatigue, and problems sleeping has resurfaced. Guess I'm off track somewhere.

I give thanks to the Lord for you that finally someone gets it and I'm so glad your husband was there to hear it!!! If you'd like I have several books that made a difference for me on the fibro suffering and I'd be glad to pass along titles and info. But my guess is you've already read them.

Take care and know that since I know what you're going through, I'm praying doubly hard for you right now!!


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SONGOFJOY27 2/6/2011 6:55PM

    Dawn - I'm so glad to hear that you found a dr who is listening to you and really taking a wholistic approach. That is awesome. So now you've got the things you need to work on ... and that's what we're here for - to cheer you along on your journey.

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I will never leave you nor forsake you!

Monday, October 18, 2010


Heb. 13:5-6

"Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things that you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you, nor forsake you,' so that we may boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.'"

I will never leave you, nor forsake you. That statement is found scattered all through the Bible. It's spoken many times to the Israelites in the Old Testament, to God's chosen leaders throughout time, in the New Testament to us, even us, as believers.

What can man do to us? Think this through with me. We carry around so much bitterness, unforgiveness and even hatred. What is the worst possible thing that a man can do to us as humans? I think of the Holocaust. I'm reminded of parents who lost their daughter unexpectedly at a young age due to a drunk driver. I think of the cross. Mankind can be a fearsome and terrible force.

Yet God is saying to us that there is nothing man can do to us, why?? How much of our circumstances are we responsible for? How many of our own choices put us where we are? And what has happened TO us in our lives?

Big questions sometimes do not have quick answers, but God does say this to us: No matter where, no matter how, no matter whom, HE IS THERE.

Ps. 139:11 says, If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

He is everywhere, all the time, at one time, omnipresent.

He knows and understands all that we have gone through, are going through and will go through. He is omniscient.

He took upon Himself the form of man - a servant - that He might KNOW - know through experience; mortal existence; be tempted; be shamed; be hated; be loved; see death and pain in loved ones; be exiled; hunted; mocked; killed. There is nothing that can happen to us that He has not experienced. He knows all that we think, feel, and why we think it and feel it.

He is with us - let that sink in. The omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent God of the universe, our Creator, our Savior, is WITH us and will not leave us.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." NIV

HIS plans may not be for the immediate future, but His plans are the ones that matter! His plans may not at this very moment look prosperous, harmless or hopeful, but He KNOWS THE END OF THE STORY. He IS the end of the story.

Oh, my friends, this is the God Who is with us!

"I will never, no never, not ever, no never, leave you nor forsake you." -- much more like the original wording was meant to be. It is written emphatically. It is written to make us try to comprehend what He is saying. We cannot fathom the goodness, grandness, or depth of God almighty, so He must speak in these terms to even begin to show us His heart.

All Praise glory and honor to our mighty God!! Hallelujah!! Worship Him with me!!

God bless you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2010 3:53PM

    A great passage. I've always loved it.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/18/2010 6:04PM

    Awesome. Amen

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Brand New Niece

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's that time, time for the next generation. I now have a great-nephew and a great-niece. It makes me feel my years, but in another way it makes me feel young. Holding that precious, tiny little baby makes the years fall off. I vividly recall years of holding and nurturing my two boys, but not only them, years of babysitting cousins, working in the nursery with babies, all these little faces flying by. The feel of that warm little body, so helpless, gives me purpose and makes me feel like I have something yet to contribute. The softness of that little forehead is unmatched and I feel much more aware of how fleeting this precious time is.

I'm thankful that these babies have been brought to our world safely, and their mothers are well too. I'm also thankful that God chose our family to be blessed by their presence. What a wondrous miracle!

Keegan Raylee Williams

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HEALTHY4ME 11/19/2011 8:08PM

    Oh she is so beautiful. I have a new granddaughter born Oct 28 5lb 14 oz she is so tiny, her brother who will be 2 was 6 10 and that seems big after looking at Eva Maria.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2010 3:51PM

    What a beautiful baby!! Congratulations!!

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ENERGIZED4LIFE 10/15/2010 2:08PM

    Awwww emoticon

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THATWEIRDGIRL 10/14/2010 11:33PM

  Congrats, Dawn!

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ARTCHICK1957 10/14/2010 9:24PM

    Congratulations! She is beautiful. I know just how precious a new baby feels in your arms. I vividly remember holding my own, many years ago, and then holding my precious grandchildren, and now my great grandchildren. They are truly a gift from God to the family! Enjoy the moment. Thank you for sharing the moment with us and thank you for bringing back all those beautiful memories. The miracle of a new life!

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SONGOFJOY27 10/14/2010 9:11PM

    Beautiful little one. And thanks for sharing your thoughts about the preciousness of these little ones.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/14/2010 4:17PM

    So precious.

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Should We Pray for His Coming?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vic sent me an interesting question regarding the rapture/return of Christ. Do we pray for this? I believe that yes, we should. Why?

1. We will be glorified and taken instantly to be with God which is where our bodies and spirits groan to be. (Rom. 8:23)
2. The Bible calls this 'our blessed hope' meaning it is something to be hoped for; something that we look forward to. (Titus 2:13)
3. Jesus' coming is the fulfillment of prophecy and His plan for Creation. (Rom. 8:18-23)
4. When He returns at the great Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation, Jesus will remake the world as it was in the Garden of Eden. Satan will be bound for 1,000 years and Jesus will rule & reign over the world. (Rev. 21:1)
5. He will finally bring peace to the earth. We will live in the light of His glory!

The big problem for us as human beings on this earth: The Lost. Our hearts ache for those who have not made their decision yet for Christ. This should drive us to live lives that show Jesus to a lost world.

In searching a bit, I like what this site has to say about the mean-time:

The Hope for Jesus' Return

What are we to do? How do we face this?

*We are to purify ourselves. The Scripture says, "Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself."(1 John 3:3) Do you have the hope of the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ? Then you need to live it--a pure life, a godly life, a surrendered life, a consecrated life.

*We are to wait with patience. Sometimes we wonder if Jesus really will come back. The Scripture says, "Ye have need of patience, ... For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry."(Hebrews 10:36-37) God has appointed a day. It's all set. Jesus will be back right on time--He won't be an hour early or an hour late.

*We are to watch. That word "watch" means that we are to desire His coming. We are to be constantly thinking about His coming and to look "for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing"(Titus 2:13) of Jesus Christ.

*We are to continue doing God's work. He may come back today, His soon return should be our incentive to continue to do God's work. "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work". (John:9:4)

*We are to be prepared. Are you prepared? The Bible says, "The Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not."(Luke 12:40) The Bible says, "Noah ... moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house."(Hebrews 11:7) That word "fear" means terror. Yes! Some people are drawn by love into the Kingdom of God, and some people come in terror into the Kingdom of God. Some have a right to be terrified--for those people who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, it means judgment, it means hell.

We must come to Christ while we can.

This is a very interesting article describing the remaking of the earth:

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So yes, for me, I believe we should pray for Jesus' return! AND we should live as though it is tonight!

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NELLIEC 12/29/2010 2:23PM

    Yes, and we should pray for the unsaved that they will be saved!

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ENERGIZED4LIFE 10/2/2010 2:11PM

    Like Paul

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better - Philippians 1:23

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/30/2010 10:18PM

    I agree that we should always be ready.

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102633 9/29/2010 7:24AM

    Amen! And Maranatha = "even so Lord Jesus come"

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26 Years Today

Thursday, September 23, 2010

We have been married 26 years today. Today is a prettier day than it was that day. It was rainy and a typical autumn day, chilly. Today, it is in the high 70's, maybe 80. The sun is out full-force. It's gorgeous.

Thinking over the years, it seems like a lifetime ago. Perhaps we think in 20 year chunks? or 10? I don't know, but it seems like that was a different girl then, a different guy too. I look at our picture from that day and I hardly recognize us. Well, to be honest, he doesn't look that different, but the 80 extra pounds I'm carrying around has drastically changed my appearance. I plastered skinny pics of myself on the fridge hoping they would ward me away from inappropriate munching. It worked for a long enough time until good habits set in. Now I look at them and it's almost shocking to think that almost my entire married life has been spent overweight, dieting, struggling, up and down. I envy people who have great metabolisms and good health. ...forgive me Lord!

Turning the page and realizing that all that is really important is what is before me today, I am pleased with my changed mindset concerning food and health. I've lost and I will continue losing and one of these days, I might actually get that dress out and it will fit! For now, though, God give me the peace & the strength to keep on keepin' on, please! We will enjoy our dinner at my parents' house and maybe plan a romantic weekend away for his next weekend off. I am thankful that we have reached this milestone and happy to be anchored in a good relationship. Thank You, Lord!

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SSCHULTZ59 9/24/2010 9:25AM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.. May your new healthy lifestly help you to have many many more years together.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/23/2010 11:39PM

    Happy Anniversary!! I hope you have a great time.

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SONGOFJOY27 9/23/2010 9:49PM

    Congratulations and happy anniversary!! I'm glad you're in a strong, stable marriage. That is a true blessing! And you've got the right attitude about the rest of it ... I know you'll triumph over the weight!
You WILL do this!

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CIVIAV 9/23/2010 4:36PM

    Happy Anni and I hope you continue to enjoy the journey together!

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MOTOXMOM40 9/23/2010 4:26PM

    Congratulations..!!! emoticon Happy Anniversary..!!

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