Great idea, Rosie! I could have the grain bags on weekends, though, when I am trying to do stuff around the house! Thanks so much.
Jennifer, your descript
ion is so much like what I experience. I do take pain medication but I have been taking it for over three years now and it has never been this bad. However, I did increase my prednisone from 4-6 mg to 10 mg and am now tapering. Right now I am taking 7 mg and hope to go down to 6 mg starting tomorrow. Hippi, I never thought of prednisone having something to do with this. but it is plausible.
Also, Rosie, you are right, it is great that I have not started to flare even though I started this new position. I am very fortunate! My hours are much better for me. The extra hour in the morning has made a world of difference. I still work as many hours but I needed the extra time in the AM to get myself going.
The school is wonderful but it needs a lot of work. I have learned the value of taking things slowly, however, so as not to make myself ill, but I do try to push it sometimes and I am reminded to slow down. I am reminded by my body to slow down, anyway. I really swell up (fingers, knees, ankles) if I do too much in a day.
I use the weekends to really catch up on my rest. Thank goodness my son (David II) and my daughter (Elizabeth) are away at college so they are mostly on their own. I seem to be able to handle picking up and cleaning up after my hubby. But, he does a lot for me, too. He cooks and helps me with errands and shopping so it is a fair arrangement. The house is certainly not as clean and spotless as it was five years ago, but, it is passable and it does not smell (at least I hope not - ha, ha).
I did go into the office this afternoon but my hubby was like, "Hey, aren't you sick? Remember, you have lupus. I really would hate to see you burn yourself out and I would like to keep you around here with me for as long as possible. So watch it - you need to rest on the weekends." Pretty cool, isn't it? He really made me stop and think. It's nice to know someone cares.
Anyway, thanks everyone, for your kind words and your suggestions! I will be seeing my docs very soon and I will bring up my new concerns. I just hate being "drenched" when I am trying to fix my hair or put on my make-up. Yuck!
Lupus, RA, and (Maybe) Fibromyalgia and LOTS of Medications!