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Rounding up May.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016
I do not fit any patterns, so say the experts. Yesterday, I had my round of specialty doctor appointments. See, the first of May was Bloomsday, which was marvelous, and I walked 10 miles at a 24 minute mile. The Tuesday after Bloomsday, I got a tick bite. I started a new anti-inflammatory supplement. The first few days I felt great, but then my knee, just the left one started to hurt, in a non-fibro kind of pain. The rest of the month I felt awful, my knee hurt so bad I most days didn’t do the morning walk. I felt rotten, really rotten. I got the lab results from the primary doctor, who said that my A1C was down ( hooray, 7.4!) and that I could get off one of the diabetic meds, but that my cholesterol and inflammation markers were now in the scary clinical range. She wanted me to see the specialty doctor, since the new labs don’t match the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Off I go, to spend my day in Spokane. The first doctor is a naturopath who deals with inflammation through diet and exercise. He is the doctor who recommended paleo, and the whole 30. We talked about the whole 30, that I had lost 12 pounds since I last saw him. We talked about the whole eating experience, and he recommended a new treatment provider, who specializes in eating disorders. We then talked about the knee, the fatigue, the flu like symptoms, the general rotten feeling. He ordered some lab work. He said that the knee hurting just one joint doesn’t fit the pattern of arthritis, but it could. I don’t fit the pattern of fibro, but it could, I don’t fit the lab work of lupus, or other auto immune but it could. I have the lab work of Sjogren's syndrome, but none of the symptoms, but it could be that. I don’t have the symptoms of glaucoma, but do have the lab work for that, and it could have something to do with it. It’s unlikely I have Lymne disease from the tick, but they ordered for that. Then I saw the auto-immune specialist, who confirmed all of what Dr. Valley had said, ordered x-rays for my new, ordered PT for my knee, and said I don’t fit any clinical pattern, but that they would figure out what the deal was, and I should schedule a return visit. I then went and saw the therapist. We talked about the idea of the eating disorder clinic, and she said “you don’t fit the traditional eating disorder pattern.” Theme of the day. We talked about self care, and boundaries and the work I have done since I last saw her. We agreed that I am exhausted, trying to change behavior patterns that have been in place 30 years, trying to be the primary parent, the best social worker. We went over incidents when I should have said no, when I said yes, and the consequences to that. We talked about the husband’s comment that I under-estimate when I cheat, and his refusal to see this as a food addiction. We agreed that he isn’t going to change, I can’t change him so I have to adjust my behavior. When he brings forbidden food home I am going to ask to put it up in the high cupboard, that I can’t reach. We agreed that I would start going to OA, since it is coming to ML in June. I then treated princess to Starbucks, and made the trek home.
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Well, I wish you well with all of this frustration!
    1268 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Patti, your fitness remains emoticon keep up the great work...Sorry for all the confusion regarding all the tests to see what is going on with your body, one thing we know you may not fit in with the tests results about your physical health but you do fit in with your spiritual health so keep on keeping on and keep Shining which you do, your smile lights up the whole room, your pictures paint the picture...My prayers are with you Patti and hope the new tests can bring some answers for you...

    Wishing you and your Family a Blessed Memorial Weekend... emoticon
    1268 days ago
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