Thursday, January 18, 2018

PHONE CALL WITH RA DOCTOR

It was a doctor filled day. 

First I took Lucky to the vet to get her bordatella (puppy cough) shot and to get her nails trimmed.  She did great.

While I was there I got a phone call from my RA doc to talk about me having costochondritis. The doc wanted me to increase the Prednisone dosage. I told him I don't want to double my dosage.  It has always been difficult for me to decrease my dosages of Prednisone. It has taken me years to decrease last time. Each step down sends me into a flare.

We agreed that I would go for blood tests and then we would talk again. I am pushing for some other option.

This afternoon I went and had four vials of blood taken. I will find out the results tomorrow.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

COSTOCHONDRITIS

I have been having pain in my chest. It hurts on my chest beneath my bra and in the center of my chest.  Over the last two weeks it has been getting increasingly more painful. I have had costochondritis many times before but this time it doesn't feel like it has in the past.  I am not sure what this pain is. I spoke to my RA doctor and he said to talk to my primary doctor.

Today my doctor checked me out. Looked under the hood. He poked and prodded. I am sore from the poking.  It is costochrondritis. For some reason it just feels different this time.  

Tomorrow I am calling the RA doctor to figure out what to do. I know he will suggest increasing my Prednisone but I refuse. I have such a hard time going up and down on Prednisone. It has been two years since I had meningitis and had to go off Enbrel. It is time to start taking another medicine to stop this inflammation. Let's see what they come up with.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

EEK

My dog walker is afraid to come in my house. Only she didn't tell me.  I finally got it out of her yesterday. She is afraid of spiders and a spider has taken up residence right next to the door knob of the service entrance that she enters.  It is so big and scary that she named it Eek. I thought "how bad could a spider be?"  Of course I am not scared of spiders. I am that person who catches spiders and takes them outside and sets them free.

She sent me this photo of Eek:

I immediately said I would get rid of Eek.  He needs to go somewhere else.

Goodbye Eek.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, January 15, 2018

FINALLY MADE THE SOUP

I bought the cilantro today and was able to make the soup.  It is delicious.

I made Curried Lentil, Tomato, and Coconut Soup.  I was a bit worried that I would make it and not like it but I was wrong.  I love it!  It is the perfect soup to make if you have a stuffy head or nose.  The curry and ginger cleared me right up.  It is creamy from the coconut milk.  It is also filling from the lentils.


It is the perfect soup to eat with a salad or a grilled cheese.  Don't forget the lime on top!

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

ALMOST SOUP

Today I went to the store and bought all the ingredients to make soup.  Or so I thought.  It was dinner time and I got out all the ingredients I bought and had in the cupboard.  I was missing the cilantro.  It was a prime ingredient for the soup.  The soup is a curried lentil, tomato and coconut soup.  It takes 1/2 cup of cilantro.  Not something that can be left out or substituted.  

I will have to go to the store and buy some cilantro tomorrow and make the soup.  I can't wait.  I love a good soup.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

FINALLY A HAIRCUT

I finally got my haircut.  I last got my haircut in November before I went to Sedona.  My hair was so long and thick, it was annoying.  At night I wore a hair clip to keep it out of my eyes when I watched TV.  It is nice and short again.  Just like I like it.

I met my friend H for lunch and caught up on our lives.   It is such a good feeling to meet with a good friend and find out all the things you missed about their life.

I am still working on taking down Christmas and putting it all away.  Lugging the items up and down the stairs is time consuming.  I love the holiday but I don't like the deconstruction.  

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 12, 2018

SLEEP

Another Friday with nothing to do.  I have been working so many hours that I am super tired on Fridays.  I try really hard to watch a movie or something but I inevitably fall asleep before it is over.  I wake up and some other thing is playing on the TV.

It probably means I need some sleep. 

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

PUTTING CHRISTMAS AWAY

I have to take down the rest of the Christmas decorations.  I started last weekend but I have so much that it takes forever to take it all down.  I also do not have my helper this year so I don't have an extra strong set of hands to carry heavy bins.

It is a bit exhausting to drag it all up and down the stairs.  It will take some time to take it all down and put away.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

LUCKY PHOTOS

Lucky seems so happy that her dog walker is back in town.  Here are some of the photos from the last month:

My favorite picture
Someone is in my bed
Queen of the log
Day at the beach

Lucky frolics now.

Lucky has really come out of her shell.  It is wonderful seeing photos of her running and playing with other dogs. 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

FIRST EGG

My neighbor's chicken had her first egg. 

My neighbor has a chicken coup with 4 or 5 chickens.  When they first got them, they accidentally got a rooster and had to send him back.  We found out when one morning we heard a "cock-a-doodle-doo".  Lucky ran through the house barking.  The company swapped the rooster out and now there are only chickens.  They cluck loudly sometimes and someone told me it means they are laying eggs.  I am not sure that is true. 

This week I got a text with a photo of a hand with an egg. 

The first egg from the chickens.  They have told me when the chickens start laying a lot I will get some.  I know I am vegan, what will I do with them?  Happi and Lucky will love to eat some eggs! 

Until tomorrow...