Monday, October 12, 2015

Life Gets In The Way

I haven't been around much.  Most of the projects I have worked on or wanted to work on have been put on hold.  This summer has been rough.  I had no idea what was going on with me.  Why I was in so much pain joints/bones?  Why I was tired all the time? Why low grade fevers every day?  I went to my primary care doctor in July then ended up sitting in the rheumatologists office in September.

Blood work didn't show much. The only thing that came back abnormal was something called Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibody test. My rheumatoid factor test was negative.  I was told to expect a 3 month wait to see the rheumy but once my blood work came back I was seen the next week.

The rheumy did more blood work and xrays.   I was started on predinsone for a 6 week taper down and plaquenil.  X-rays showed no degeneration in my hands but did show bilateral osteoarthritis in MTPs and also bilateral calcaneal spurs. 

So my official diagnosis is Rheumatoid polyarthritis with osteoarthritis and he threw in chronic fatigue syndrome.

The plaquenil can take a while to work so it's just waiting right now for some relief.  I go back in 4 months.

On to a few pictures.

I love tea.  Lately I have been adding some fresh grated ginger and or turmeric to my tea.  I don't mind the little flakes of it. Plus I love the extra flavor.

I just turned 37 and my children informed me I needed to color my hair and start wearing more colors.  I told them my jeans are blue and I don't always wear black socks or black shoes lol.  So I colored my hair to get rid of the grays and then they tell me my hair is to dark. Can't win!  Brutally honest kids!!

See the owl?  He is so CUTE!  I found him at Target a few weeks ago!

Here are all my loves!!

So that is what has been going on around here!  


  1. Hi Jennifer,
    If you become frustrated with your health care (or lack thereof)n as I did, you may want to check out Bio-Energy Medical Center in Ann Arbor. They have helped me.
    And that "other" color showing up in your hair is Silver, girl, not gray :) Hope you're feeling better soon.
    Joanie in Manchester

    1. Can you tell me more about the Bio-Energy Med. Center? All my drs. have always been through U of M in Ann Arbor. And I like "Silver" sounds glittery and I love glitter! :)

  2. While they won't take the place of your primary care physician, they use alternative methods to help determine what is going on. I became fed up with my thyroid issues and although I was leery about this place, they have helped me. Perhaps they can help you. Here's the website. PS I see a nurse practitioner as there is not as long a wait to see them versus an MD.