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13 January 2011 @ 03:30 am
Busy-ness and Craziness  

OK, so there have been some interesting times lately!

Last week, I had some major health-related items. I saw my doctor and had my first successful appointment in a long time - they have been writing me off as a nut for the last few years since they have not been able to find anything wrong, despite nearly five years of issues. However, this time I came in and told them that my brother is having the same issues (plus diabetes) and suddenly I was interesting again. :P We talked about options and developed a Plan. Part I is that I am getting a referral to Rheumatology (since that is on the short list of things we have not investigated). While they might not be able to do much for the stomach issues, but it may have something to do with the joint issues at least. Part II is that I'm going to try some glucosamine supplements. I don't really think my issues are osteoarthritis, but considering that the Rheumatology department is scheduled out at least six months, it's worth trying something. Part III is to try some low-impact strengthening exercises. To that end, I have joined a gym with a pool and a hot tub. I met with the PT guy and now have an official regimen that includes some light weightlifting, swimming, and oh, yeah, prescribed stretches in the hot tub. TRAGEDY! ;) It seems to be going well so far, but apparently the hot tub after weights is necessary to prevent hurting like crazy. :P

Things have been interesting on the social front as well - sometimes in the fun way, sometimes in the Chinese way.

Last Saturday was practically perfect - PJ hosted a "Plastered Party" - we had beer and slapped plaster on the walls of his new house to give it a "hand troweled" look. We had dinner, drinks, video games and hot tubbing. Yay! I did go home on Saturday night, though, since Sunday was the Yule Moot and I was autocratting.

I got to the Yule Moot site early for set up, but not early enough. :P I underestimated how much time it would take to get all the supplies into the hall and entirely did not anticipate spending 10 minutes or more trying to make a nice elderly man understand that the auction he was looking for was moved and that this was a private holiday party. (No, none of the stuff in my car was for sale. Not even the hot pot. :P) Luckily, the first few folks on site were willing to be pressed into service and we were set up lickety-split. There was a good turnout, so things were a little crowded, but people were generally happy and much fun was had. (General note for folks - people are like rats off a sinking ship at the end of the night and the window of willing volunteers slams shut pretty quickly - either clean up and get out of the way, or clean up and help out. Otherwise the autocrat and two poor bastards who were not quick enough to get out before guilt caught up with them are the only ones doing the clean up. :P) Afterward, some folks came over to my place for drinks and conversation. Gauge miraculously appeared, just as I had been questioning his continued existence. The night ended in with some excitement and some clean-up, but at least I had Monday off and at least one of the bottles of rum has been promised to be returned...

Today, I apparently had special powers - two friends called looking for support and three friends or relatives called/emailed looking for medical advice. I R useful. :D

So, yeah, interesting times.
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eithni: ?!?!?!?eithni on January 14th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Amen. It took them long enough, but whatever... :P
Splottsplott on January 13th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Gauge miraculously appeared, just as I had been questioning his continued existence. The night ended in with some excitement and some clean-up, but at least I had Monday off and at least one of the bottles of rum has been promised to be returned...

Ok, this made me laugh out loud..I read your "my night went kablooey" posts at the time and said to myself "Gauge must have shown up" and then chastised myself for silly generalizations... :P
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on January 13th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
It's sort of amazing how often blam...er...associating Gauge with such occurrences turns out to be an accurate hypothesis...
whymcwhymc on January 13th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Totally not the point of this post... but I have serious hot tub envy now. I just don't have good swimming or soaking options here in the southland.
DameJ: Hilo Overlookdamej on January 14th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
You have a backyard. Why not add a hot tub gazebo to the list of future projects?
whymcwhymc on January 14th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Sadly, I also have neighbors, and my home renovation budget is going to other things this year. If I stay here after this year, that'd be an option... although I might opt for a sauna, first... mmm... sauna...
eithni: backliteithni on January 14th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is the "cookie" I am using to motivate myself. My regimen is not terribly strenuous, but it is still really nice to "have" to end it in the hot tub. :)
whymcwhymc on January 14th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
Best. Therapy. Ever.
DameJ: Moaidamej on January 14th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad your doctors are paying attention again, and that they have some new potential treatment options for you to try. Good luck with the weight training/hot tub regimen.
eithni: backliteithni on January 14th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's about time, but at least we have movement again.
gwyndlyngwyndlyn on January 14th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Really, Rheumatology wasn't an early investigation? oh dear! Maybe Peoria has a excess of Rheumatologists (not really) because that's the first place you get sent if you complain of joint pain.

I have been taking Arthritis Foundation sanctioned warm water exercise classes for the past 8 years or so, they make a world of difference!

BTW, my instant spell check doesn't recognize rheumatologist,but DOES suggest I might have meant hematologist, what the heck? :)

I really hope you find something you can identify. That made a world of difference for me. "I have a *name* for it!" somehow helps even in the face of ineffective treatment, struggles for medical acceptance, and no hope for a cure.
eithni: ?!?!?!?eithni on January 17th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
Well, at the time, the severe abdominal pain was a more pressing issue. That has become an infrequent, less severe problem, while the joint issues are a daily concern, particularly in the winter.