Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Hello loves! I am feeling more human than I have in ages! YAY! I finally saw the rheumatologist yesterday. It was a trying and kind of rough day, but it was also a big relief. I got kind of faint and sick twice during the appointment :( But, I now have a diagnosis and a treatment plan and new medications.
I have inflammatory arthritis, although we haven't pinpointed the exact type I have yet. He said it was pretty accelerated after checking me out and in a way it was nice to have someone validate how I've been feeling. He's got me taking prednisone for a few weeks to hopefully take care of this flare-up. He's also putting me on another disease-treating medication (I'll be on two of those now) which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. He said they try to treat aggressively right away and that will hopefully lessen the long-term effects of the disease, I think (it was A LOT of information, I don't remember everything 100%). He's also sent a referral for me to go to a Physio clinic at the hospital that's one of the best in the province for arthritis (so at least I live in a good place for it :) ). I'm not psyched to have arthritis, but I am relieved to have a diagnosis and know that we're treating it with gusto. It could definitely have been worse (a few family members were convinced I had lupus). It's scary to think about having this forever, since when it flares up I can't do the things I love like write, draw and make jewelry, as well as other basic everyday activities, but hopefully we can control the flare-ups better from here on out. Not knowing what was going on was a bit terrifying and I couldn't stop myself from worrying and wondering about my future every day. Having a diagnosis and some physical relief from the drugs already is making me feel SO MUCH better. I still have a lot of questions, but those will be answered in time, for the most part. Anyhow, I guess that's that for now! Wanted to share the news.
PS: Yes, those are croc-type shoes, and they're kind of hideous, but they've been the most comfortable thing for me these days. I haven't worn them much for going out but they're all I wear around the house right now.
PPS: Today is the last day to enter the art giveaway!! Don't miss out!