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Ducky
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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah   yeah yeah Previous thread can be reached here.. please continue moanin'! yeah yeah yeah
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CaMama
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   Posted 10/16/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   

That is why I think the Arava has something to do with my high BP...mine never faltered until this year...even though I've had 75+ pounds to loose for a few years, and I've had other issues where you would think my BP should have risien.

If plaquenil took any of my appetitie away, it was superceded by emotional eating I guess. shakehead

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kara487
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   Posted 10/17/2008 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,I hope you have a low pain day. My back and hips has been bothering me alot. I hope everyone has a good weekend.
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan and neurontin.
 
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis and arthritis


momto3
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   Posted 10/17/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Not sure about the Plaquenil and weight loss? When I first started seeing my rheumy, I weighed 112, and I've been off the plaq for almost 2 months and I haven't gained any weight, still the same as it was.  Maybe our bodies always fighting inflammation is cause for weight loss, rather than the meds?  Either way, I sure miss the Plaquenil! sad

Camama...My bp is normally 110/60,my husband always jokes that I was almost "dead" because it was always so low, but in the past few months it was going up to the 120/80 and now is higher.  I will keep an eye on it, and when I go in for my cystoscopy next Tuesday, I will see what it is then.  I do know that my body temperature is always 97.1, so who knows!

 

I hate getting old rolleyes

 

The good news...it is finally Friday wink


The Bear
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   Posted 10/17/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
WELL HELLO THERE PEEPS AND HOW ARE YOUSE ALL DOIN'?
I go awol for a few   minutes and people start getting ill all over the place and moanin about it. There's just no pleasing some people. Too much to read but one thing s for sure - I'll bet that if Yally's hired help was a young Italian 17 year old she wouldn't be as quick to sack him!!!! lol eh? Life's a ***** and then you die.
Life here in downtown Apsley goes on anon with the cub causing grief at every turn of the way but in a disarmingly charming way that most people bar one teacher seem to put up with. How is Boo's husband does anybody know - haven't heard from her in some while altthough I did get an email I think from Erin - not sure as I deleted it by  mistake afore I read it.
sending out an SOS message in a bottle - sorry watching Police and other post punk stuff on the beeb beeb ceeb -  But I must switch the radio on soon for the garrison Kelor show - about 6 weeks old by the time it gets here but well worth the wait.
The financial crunch caused by................now who was it? seems to have slipped my mind there for a minute ... oh yes bankers [spot the deliberate spelling mistake there folks] is causing mayhem over here as muuch as it probably is over there but the view from here as explained by Homer Simpson on Economics Today is that there are congressmen who would rather see the world economy collapse - and take all of your health insurance with it - rather than see government intervention to take a stake in the financial institooshuns - I'll never really understand where politicians come from. Ours seem to surface from under stones at the bottom of the garden along with the fairies - hey up here come the thread police - okay ducky I'll come quietly, its a fair cop guv caught discussing politics without a licence.
I upset an eminent scientist at a conference last week - Sir Alisdair breckenridge-crapeface the chairman of the Independent drug licencing agency in the uk. I asked him what percentage of the mega billion dollar research budget went into researching CURES for chronic conditions as opposef to REMEDIES. Man you should have seen that dudes face  - not only did he refuse to answer the question but attacked me for asking an unfair question. What is it with the big pharmas are they beyond reproach or what? You ask a reasonable question of someone who is supposed to be independent of the pharmas - doesn't anybody with RA ever wonder why there is little or no research into an effective cure? It would appear that it is not in the pharmas interests to perform such a noble act.
Plpease    miss can I get off my soapbox now sorry for the rant.
yally, joan m, boo,, camama, mom2however many, raven, babyplace, erin, not to forget the poilice chief ducky and apologies to anybody I haven'y mentioned
stay well
the bear 

babyplace
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   Posted 10/20/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone,

Well....we made it to Monday...which is an amazing thing in this house.  We had quite the weekend.  On Friday, one of my nephews, 10 years old, was climbing a tree and fell when a branch broke.  Typical boy thing, right?  The problem is that when he fell, he ended up falling on to a branch which puntured his back, and went through into his pelvic area. He was treated at a trauma hospital, and after two surgeries, and a night in intensive care, he is well on his way to what the doctors believe should be a complete recovery.  The whole thing is truly a miracle, no major organs or arteries were damaged, and so far they don't believe there was any nerve damaged either.  Spent pretty much the whole weekend at the hospital, a real roller coaster of emotions waiting for test results, doctors reports, etc. But, so far, we have had only good news and very grateful hearts!

Bear!!! Didn't you have a birthday recently? It was beyond great to read your post...have missed you dearly...I did get an e-mail from Boo last week...she sounded good, but very busy with work stuff. She is anxiously waiting for the sale of the business, hopefully in January, and her son-in-law is doing great..didn't mention her hubby, which I'm taking to mean he is doing well? Erin, note sounded good too..she had computer trouble, and is painitng again, but her hands wear out, which is why she hasn't been on much.  But it was so good to hear her sound so up.  Thank you for facing down those drug people!!!!  We need you over here to take on the whole lot of them.  Have often wondered the same things myslef, about RA, diabetes, etc.  Do they profit too much from the treatment to really pursue a cure? Gosh, I sure do pray not...but does the money to be made negate any conscience?  Scary, scary thought.

We are changing our interner provider, so later today my e-mail address will be changing...I'm going to update my profile, so for those of you who e-mail me, the old one won't work anymore.

Well, need to run, kiddos need me..Monday hugs to all of you!!!  Hope you had a more relaxing weekend than mine was!

love,
Jody

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   Posted 10/20/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Bear...So good to hear from you!! Did I read you have an unruly cub? That happens sometimes but from what I have read from you in the past, he is a good kiddo, hang in there!! One of my son's I wonder on a daily basis what has happened to him? and the other one keeps me sane, sometimes the teen years are just difficult at best!
 
Jody...What a weekend you had, those poor parents and their little guy!!!! So thankful he is going to be alright.  There is nothing more unsettling than having a child in the hospital sad However, children are resiliant and most of the time bounce back pretty quick, and it looks like your nephew will too!
 
Boo..If you are out there, I'm glad to hear you are doing well and just busy.  When we don't hear from you for a while, we get a bit worried :-)
 
My weekend was okay..we decided to go canoeing, which is something I love to do..and on Saturday, I was having very minimal joint pain and felt great.  However, after about an hour in the canoe and sitting in the sun..I ended up with terrible joint pain and naseau (sp?) By the time we left, I felt like I was going to be sick literally.  I went from having a great amount of energy with no pain to no energy and pain..It was really discouraging rolleyes
 
 
I hope everyone else is doing well :-)

yalinda
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   Posted 10/20/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone just a quick one two punch to send a howdy out your way and let you know i am doing better as of late.  not great but better!
cant write much but know i send hugs to all of you and miss the time i spent with everyone.  sorry i am so anti social it seems as of late but
between work and home and health it just aint happening.  no time for me!  well g2g2 hugs to all! yalls

Raven67
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   Posted 10/20/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to check in and see how everyone is doing.  Jody, I got your new e-mail address, thanks for the update.

Hang in there everyone, by the sounds of how everyone is feeling, its going to be a long winter.  I think we'll really need each others support to get us through another one.  So thankful you guys are here.

Take Care,

Raven


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Current Meds-Methotrexate 24mg s/c weekly, Plaquenil 200 mg BID, Celebrex, Folic Acid daily, Cesamet1 mg @ bedtime, Oxycontin 20 mg 3 x day, Lorazepam 2 mg dly Actonel weekly, Insulin-Humalog 35 units TID and Lantus 40 units BID, Calcium, Vitamin D


babyplace
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
A little quiet here this week?  Hope everyone is doing ok....
We are all doing much better.  My nephew came home from the hospital last night, and although he is in a wheelchair for a while, we are so glad he's not worse.  So very scary to think how this could have ended up.  Doctors said the stick missed his spine by 1/4 of an inch!!  Not sure how long he'll have to be in the wheelchair or out of school, it all depends how how the muscles heal, and the wound itself is going to take quite some time. This boy is the son of my brother who is the single dad, so saying he is a bit stressed by all of this is a real understatement. The last four years have been so very difficult for him, just pray he can keep holding up. We are all going to have to really pitch in to help him make this work.
On a lighter note.....any baseball fans out there???  Our very own Tampa Bay Rays started the World Series last night...Yeah!  Kind of a tough one for the local area though.  The Philles have their spring training camp just a few miles from my house, and they have been in our area for YEARS.  They have brought a lot of good to our city, done alot for our community, schools, etc. So, it's hard not to root for them as well.
Feeling much better these days, although another weather front is heading our way, bringing some rain and much cooler temps.....so keeping my fingers crossed that it won't set me off again.  See the doc on Monday, so we'll see what she has to say.  You're so right Raven, we really do need each other...it's such a comfort to know all you guys are here...don't know what I would do without you!!  Don't worry, we'll make it through another winter together.
Gotta go, almost time for the little ones to get up from their naps, and I need to make a casserole to bring to my brother.
Hugs to you all!!
Jody

Post Edited (babyplace) : 10/23/2008 11:37:48 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 10/23/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Jody...Glad to hear your nephew is home! Your son has been through so much and now this! But he has such a wonderful mom and family to lean on and that is a huge help to him, I'm sure :-) Also happy to hear you are feeling well :-)

Weather is starting to turn colder and I think we are in for a long winter! I can't wait for the time change since technically we get an additional hour of sleep tongue Just can't seem to get enough sleep lately!

 

Tomorrow is Friday turn


CaMama
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   

BEAR! So good to hear from you!

Jody - I"m glad your nephew is okay, that is so scary....and my own 7 year old son was just showing me how well he climbs our backyard tree this past weekend.....I'm not sure I'm gonna let him do that anymore! Not that I was the one allowing him to do it in the first place. (yeah, I'm a bit overprotective.)

Only a few more days of work, then I'm taking about 8 days off....boy do I need it! I'm just a rollercoaster these days when it comes to how I'm feeling.

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momto3
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   Posted 10/28/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi all..

It is quiet around here!!  I haven't been on much and have been dealing with insurance companies since we switched from Greatwest to Coventry mad and now every medication needs a preauth from them wich is fine except they can't seem to do it in a timely manner?? and I went in with a refill of my lunesta for a 30 refill and they said no could only fill for 15 and totally changed my script to 15 so now the doctor has sent the preauths, even the pharmacy has sent it through and nothing and I have paid out out pocket for two of the refills. If they won't do it why not just say denied?? The arava after two weeks of waiting came back that I need a pg test.I can't even have children ..fine so now I have to go and take care of that..it just seems now everytime we have a script for something even if it is written by our doctor, we still have to have a preauth as to why we need it blah blah blah mad Today, I have to call our plan administrator and find out why this is going on with the Lunesta and if I will be able to sleep only part of the month or if they are going to allow me to sleep the full 30 days.  Both my husband and the company he works for pay a lot of money for this plan and it is ridiculous to be jerked around the way we are. Sorry for the long rant sad

 

Anyway, I hope everyone else is doing well :-)


babyplace
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   Posted 10/29/2008 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   

yeah!  It's Hump Day!!!   I think we just might make it to Friday afterall... usual crazy hectic life here in  not so warm-and-sunny Florida.   Record cold temps this morning in my part of the south.  My fault really, I think, I said I wanted to wear sweaters and jeans and voila!!   From what I see on the weather though, our low 40's are nothing compared to what some of the rest of you are dealing with, so I really shouldn't be complaining.....snow up your way Yally and Joan?  Looks like maybe Erin, too?   Can't been too warm for you either, Raven.....Wow this is really early, isn't it?

Oh Mom, sorry you have all the insurance mess, what a pain!!  My personal soapboax......insurance companies who won't let the doctors be the doctors and just do their own jobs..which is to INSURE us for the medical care our doctors feel we need...OY!!!   I've had so many run-ins with them through the years over our son's care..you would think we were taking money out of their own personal pockets instead of just trying to get the coverage we have made so much money to have.  Sometimes I think that their plan is that if they give us enough grief, we'll just quit and pay instead of continue the fight. Either that or there are a lot of people who need to justify their jobs and do so by making us jump through all these hoops.  Sorry, my cynical rant.

Doing ok here, I guess...still helping my brother as much as possible...making meals...etc. . Our mom has been spending as much time as she can there with my nephew, so that my brother is able to work.  My nephew is still in a wheelchair, but the wound is closing nicely, and sees the surgeon again on Monday.  He needs to be able to use the leg more and have less pain or they need to do further tests...so we are praying for that.  He can't return to school until the wound is closed, so also praying for  that as well. We are all holding our breaths to see what these medical bills are going to be!  My brother has insurance but it's not the best......

Went to see the doc on Monday, and although things are ok with me, she wants me to try the enbrel twice a week, 25 mgs to see if I get better coverage.  Isnt' that what you do mom?  Does is help? By Wednesday night or Thursday, mine is usually worn off and can make for some sore days until I take my next injection.  Then it takes  a couple days to kick in, seems like I'm sort of always behind the eightball on this.  So, she thinks twice a week may help.  I'll take my normal dose on Friday, then start the 25 on Tuesday.  Keeping the plaquenil also...

Well gotta run....children are starting to arrive...so the day begins!!!    Hugs to you all!!

Love,  Jody



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   Posted 10/29/2008 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jody,
 
Yes, that is what I take the 25mg, twice weekly and it is a much improvement.  I couldn't make it through until the next injection either on the once a week.  I do still have pain on the day before my next injection, but I like the twice weekly.  The injections get a bit much going back and forth between legs or however you will choose to do it but it gets better :-)
 
I hear you are on the insurance!! At this point I'm playing phone tag with a plan administrator in human resources for the company, and it seems as if one person decides if I can have my lunesta, that is really scary.  Anyway, I understand with your son and hope the insurance will cover the bills with your  nephew and that he isn't left with a bunch of bills that he will struggle to pay.  Everyone has the right to quality and affordable healthcare, that just gets me riled!!! I'm glad the little guy is healing and I bet he is anxious to get back to school with his friends?
 
It has been fairly warm here, still in the 70's but I know the cold is just around the corner..I'm really dreading it with the joint pain that it brings.  I know you mentioned snow for some of us and if thats the case for Yally, I hope she is hanging in there.
 
So thankful it is Hump Day turn

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   Posted 10/31/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Happy Halloween!!!!

 

I hope everyone is well and have a great weekend :-)

 


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   Posted 10/31/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Happy Halloween everyone!

It is a QUIET Halloween this year! I thought everyone was just starting later since it is Friday night and it gets darker later now that they pushed the time change back as of last year....but you'd think they'd really be ringing the door by now and it hasn't been a steady stream of kids at all like there usually is......I don't know if I should start giving out handfuls of candy or give out the usual. tongue   I get the random 1 or 2 kids...nothing...a big group together....then nothing again.

Weather....ugh....basically the cold hasn't hit us, we're still dealing with santa anas, fire warnings, etc. I don't know what's going on here....the sun just burns right now. It feels like we're living in death valley in the middle of July. It's better than peircing cold and snow....but the heat just messes me up big time and my skin can't take the sun at alll these days. I don't know if it's the meds or the arthritis.

Good luck with the insurance....what a headache! I think if I'm brave and feel I need it, I'll finally try the Enbrel when I'm all over this Arava reaction. Hopefully I can hang tough for a long while with just the plaquenil to get my liver back in shape, my weight down, and figure out a few other things before subjecting myself to another possible medication mishap. shakehead


 


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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Camama...It sounds miserable there where you are..so hot! I'm glad summer is over, and I just can't imagine that for you..I know the cold is our enemy but sometimes the heat is too sad
 
We had our share of trick or treaters and decided to put a bowl of candy with a note saying please take a piece of candy and wishing the treaters a Happy Halloween, now keep in mind it was fairly large bowl of candy, and when we returned from taking my daugther around the neighborhood, the bowl was empty and someone had thrown it into our front yard and the paper was wadded up into a ball.  I guess they were upset the bowl was empty? rolleyes Anyway, we had to tell the next group of kiddos that we no longer had candy to hand out sad but they understood and moved on to the next house.
 
Insurance companies are nightmares that is for certain and what is really scary is that we will have to switch once again at the first of the year to Aetna (sp?) and we have Coventry right now.  The next one has some kind of step program where they have you try other medications in lew of the one you are needing in order to cut cost and save them money.  So with this company instead of Lunesta an obvious sleep medication, they promote benzodiazepines such as lorazepam to treat insomnia rather than prescribe Lunesta so it is going to be a battle! To me this is just wrong..those are for anxiety and should be used under the care of a psych doctor not from a rheumy.  Sorry!! I will get off of my soap box now turn
 
I hope your kiddos had a super fun Halloween..my youngest daugther is going on 12 now and last night I wondered how many of these fun nights we have left.  I love Halloween and the pumpkins etc :-)
 
Jody, Yally, Bear, Boo? Thinking of all of you wink

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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:35 AM (GMT -7)   

It literally became winter over night. Raining all day. So strange....

Hope everyone is doing well. Is there no sleep aid equivalent over the counter yet? Is that too heavy-duty to do OTC?


 


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   Posted 11/5/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Camama...I think Winter is on the way..we are expecting some snow possibly here..and it is cold and windy here.  The cold is one thing but I really hate the wind!

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   Posted 11/6/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
momto3, where do you live? Snow already? We are still in shorts!
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babyplace
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   Posted 11/6/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone....greetings from the south... Ducky I'm jealous!!  We can't wear shorts here anymore!!  Been a bit chilly..not that I'm complaining, this is the weather we wish for in July and August.

Sorry I have been on much, haven't abandoned you all...just life gets in the way, and it seems there is never a dull moment here...feels like we just go from crisis to crisis...or maybe it's just that this has been a really, really rough year.  I'm worn out!! Can't even believe that the holidays will be here in a blink.  We're going to have a full house for Thanksgiving this year.  We usually go camping for the week, hubby loves to do that, but I really wanted to spend this holiday with the family.  Good thing we decided to stay home, too, because looks like all the boys will be here, with their girls, and maybe and extra dog or two.. Don't know if I told you this before, but our son in Memphis met a girl in Germany online and they have traveled back and forth to see each other a few times.  Well, he's bring her here for a few days over the holidays...yikes!  I'm a bit nervous about this one...plus most all the rest of the family should be here, somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 I'm thinking.

Started the two shots of enbrel this week...ouch!!  I sure don't like those prefilled syringes...the auto-injector was way more comfortable, and easier I think.  My son kind of laughed at me though, guess he was thinking of all those years I gave HIM shots....sure is easier to do that to someone else!Hurts way less too lol.   Mom, how long did it take until you noticed a difference doing the dosing that way?  This weekend I have to cat-sit my sister's diabetic cat...two shots a day for him...never did this before, have any of you?  I'm a little freaked.

My nephew is doing really, really well.  He's walking around alot more, though it still is a little difficult for him, and looks like he can go back to school on Monday, if the wound still continues to heal as well as it has been. Sure is a blessing that he wasn't hurt so much worse!

Have any of you ever gotten to see a Neil Diamond concert?  Is that groaning I hear?? ....maybe you are all to young for him? I was given two free tickets a couple of weeks ago to see him andI just couldn't believe how much fun the concert was..we had a blast! He really puts on a great show...and there was even a lot of young people there, I was really surprised. This weekend a couple of friends and I are going to see Michael W Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman,  just love both of those guys.

Well, as usual I've blabbed on too long......I hope you are all doing well, families too...Trying to get myself on a better schedule to scheck in here more often...but the days to get away from me.  Hopefully it will calm down again soon...haven't even had any time to do any baking marathons lately...I know things are crazy when I don't even have any baking time!   Hugs to all of you...think of all of you all the time!
Love,
Jody

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   Posted 11/6/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Ducky...I'm in Colorado..so for those in the high country (mountains) it is snowing already! and here soon enough, although right now just so much wind and the temp is right about 40 but hopefully it will warm up or at least it is supposed to for the weekend.  People were wearing shorts just a few days ago, but I really think our time is running out.  It's time to dig out the coats and gloves...My daughter is looking forward to snowboarding.

Jody...Thats right you are now on to the twice weekly merry go round! Well, I was supposed to start out with those auto injectors way back but due to a mix up, I ended up with the subq's and had to look up online on how to do an injection.  It will be a year this month actually and sadly it still takes me forever to find the right spot to inject, sometimes I can sit for a good 20 minutes or longer.  There are times I get it just right, and other times like you said..ouch!  I will say the twice a week does make a difference almost immediatley, although I still notice the day before an injection..I get an increase in joint pain.  For me finding time to squeeze in my Enbrel is difficult..last night was my night and pretty soon it was bedtime and I realized I wasn't going to get it done.  Hopefully today I will be able to fit it in, it just seems everything is so hectic!

It sounds like you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving :-) and maybe a new daughter in law on the horizon? You never know? He is bringing her home to meet everyone smilewinkgrin Glad to hear your nephew is up and around and on the road to recovery.

 

Hope everyone else is doing well :-)


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   Posted 11/6/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   

I've seen Neil in concert and he does a great job. My mom and sister just saw him last month and said it was awesome.

Saw GI today, he wants to do an endoscopy to make sure I don't have any underlying issues that may be starting from all the immuno suppressant drugs I've been on. Does that sound familiar? He also wants to do a biopsy to see if I'm allergic to gluetin. But, then he very seriously says that "there can be complications" he mentions that they don't happen that often, but he needs to me to be aware of them....but the way he said it freaked me out. So, I asked how many complications has he had...and said, 'A couple...I have to be honest" and I then asked, "well, how many have you done?" he said, "plenty".....errgh, now I'm scared...I"ve been through WAY too much the last few months to go through anything else! Not to mention the anesthesia...will that affect my BP? I'm off the BP meds, but I"m still monitoring it since it does go up slightly now and again. 

UGH! I'm so confused!

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   Posted 11/6/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi CaMama,  I'm not sure about any stomach issues from the drugs we're all on, but I did have an endoscopy a few years ago, before my RA days.  It really was a very simple procedure. I was only away from home for a couple of hours, and they only used that "twilight" stuff, so you're not really under just very relaxed, and you don't remember anything.  Because of all the malpractice stuff, the docs have to inform you of every little risk of complications...they are only covering their own backsides....but I have never heard of anybody having complications from one of these. They did a biopsy on me too...just to make sure nothing was going on...it all came out fine.   Is there anyway you can check out your doc's references and experience if you are uncomforable with him?  Or if you ask around, perhaps you have friends who could reccommend someone else? I'm so sorry you have to go through all of this, but on the other hand, at least  they are listening to your problems and trying to find answers as to why you are still feeling badly....too many doctors just seem to write off complaints.   I sure hope you feel better!!   Hugs dear!
 Thanks for the info, Mom...I take my second one of those shots tomorrow...NOT looking forward to it..used my one leg Tuesday....I used my stomach mostly with the autoinjectors.  Probably was easier cuz of all the flab there lol.  Oh...I sure don't envy your cold weather!  That's the one thing I really do not miss about Wisconsin...I am a true Florida wuss now.  We even have a woodstove in our family room....and yes, we do use it in the winter months!

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