Saturday, May 9, 2009

More medical...

So, it's been awhile since I wrote on here. So, my SED rate is 25 now, so my rheumatologist put me on another medicine. I think I need to learn more about anatomy so that I can have a better idea of what is going on with my body. So, I'm starting to keep track of the money I spend on medical expenses, on the off chance that some year they will allow me to get lower taxes or something like that. I haven't got everything for this year in there yet, but it is already over a thousand dollars, so I am well on my way. Whether I make it for this year or not kind of depends on how things go with lowering my inflammation and whether or not any other medical disasters happen in my life or something like that...we'll see, but I figure it is a good idea for me to get in the practice of keeping track of it. I'm also trying to compile as complete a medical record for myself as I can. I usually take notes when I am at the Doctor, but they are scattered here and yon. So, that will be a big project, but I now have Monday off--one of my co-workers needs more hours and she has school off on Monday, so I willing gave it to her. I'll be sure to get in a few hours for Rick Walton. Yesterday I was going to try and get four hours in for him, but I only got three, but then as I was leaving I ran into Valerie Holladay, so that was wonderful. It was good to talk with her and she pointed out that I have good things going on in my life--such as my internship with Rick Walton, so while life is a swirling mass of who-knows-whatsit, I'm's kind of like I'm in the middle of a hurricane...So, we'll see what life brings. But apparently this time of life that is so uncertain and whatnot can be good for you...It has been for other authors.

Wow, so that was kind of a long paragraph. Today I woke up hurting a fair bit, and I don't expect that to change much. But I think most of my pain right now it arthritis related, because I think my fibromyalgia pain isn't as bad...partially because most of my pain right now centers around the joints...although I'm not sure that my head it necessarily a joint...but always like to hurt and I'm not necessarily sure why it has been hurting so much lately, especially right now. Oh, well. And my lymph nodes have been hurting some, but I figure that can be related to the inflammation. At least that sounds reasonable to me. And I really can't account for all the pain in my body, but that's okay.

Well, I need to get to work on other things, but hopefully it won't be too long a time before I post again. Hasta Luego.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Karen, It was nice to know that you count running into me as "wonderful." The feeling is mutual. I wish there was an answer for the physical pain your body is experiencing and maybe there is but I don't have it. I remember a quote from a movie: I know two things: There is a God, and I'm not Him.

    I think I mentioned that my brother and his wife moved in with me while he's job hunting (he did find a temp job at last, after over a year, though he's commuting 4 hours a dag--ugh!). Meanwhile, his wife knows only one thing in her life: her pain. I wish I had an answer for her too. The one thing I see is that while her life is, in her words, "hell," she's making her husband's life hell as well. I'd like to shake her and tell her to get past her pain, somehow, but obviously I have no idea what she's experiencing and telling someone with physical pain to "get past it" is pretty easy to say, especially from someone whose experience with physical pain is limited. I used to joke that I've learned how to deal with emotional pain--chocolate, a good book or movie, sleep, etc. But physical pain--I'm just grateful that hasn't been one of my trials in life--knock on wood because life can change overnight.

    Anyway, I'm interested in learning more about how people deal with physical pain and healing. Have you read any authors on the subject or heard of any studies for how people manage their pain?

    Again, it was great to see you and hope to see you again, but for the moment I'm hope with the dreaded flu, going on three weeks now, which means hopefully I'm almost over it.

    Hugs, Valerie



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