Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Post Where I Try To Make it Seem Like I'm Not Afraid

Remember how at the beginning of 2009 I made a list of 52 things I wanted to accomplish during the year? One of those things was to see my doctor about my stomach issues and the finger joint stiffness that seemed to plague me.

Well, I never officially went in to talk about either of those things. Why not? One, because I'm a wimp. Two, anytime I went to the doctor it was for being sick then and there with something else. And three, I'm a big wimp.

So, a couple weeks ago I noticed I had some pain in my right (dominant) hand. Somewhere around my thumb. It was hard to pinpoint exactly where the pain was at the point, but it was worse when I moved my thumb around. In the back of my mind, I decided that it would probably go away within a couple days and I tried to ignore it.

That weekend, I was finally able to pinpoint where the pain was and it centralized itself there. It was in the small joint of my thumb, and the pain was a bit worse than it had been. I considered this, and went to work on Monday morning.

While at the office, I picked up my pen to start jotting some things down and I realized that I couldn't grip the pen entirely well because of the pain. And then while I was holding the phone to my ear with that hand, I could feel some numbness and tingling spreading across the bottom of my palm between my thumb and pinky.

It was then that I decided to suck it up and call my doctor.

Long story short, she prescribed a NSAID for me, and sent me away with orders for x-rays and bloodwork.

It was a long week, and finally at 4:30pm this past Friday, she called me. She began the conversation with my x-ray results (nothing looked abnormal) and then moved on to the bloodwork. The ANA (antinuclear antibody) test they ran came back positive. She said the positive was "borderline" and that it "could mean nothing", but that given my symptoms, she thinks there's something going on. And then she referred me to a rheumatologist.

And that's where I stand. And that's all I'm going to post about it right now. I will make the phone call tomorrow to see about getting in to see the rheumatologist soon.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Things Kids Say

My son is 8 and if you have a son of your own, you know that certain bodily functions work rather early on. When this first started happening to my boy, he would wiggle and act uncomfortable. When we'd question what his problem was, he simplified it by stating that his peepee was like a statue.

As if that wasn't funny enough, he has recently found a new way to describe this new "hardship" (pun intended).

Imagine my surprise, however, as we're walking thru Target's parking lot and he announces that his penis is "stale".

Gotta give the kid credit for creative adjectives.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Books I Devoured in 2010

I failed miserably last year at trying to read more than I had in '08. I was doing considerably well in the beginning, but somehow when we got to the 2nd half of the year, it was all downhill from there.

I started the year off by jumping into the House of Night series (not to mention I'm also in the process of reading My Friend Leonard). I'm about halfway thru the first book, and have the next 3 in the series lined up.

I won't set a goal this year, but I'll keep track anyway and hope I at least do better than last year's measly attempt.

1. Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast

2. Betrayed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

3. Chosen by P.C. and Kristin Cast

4. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

5. Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Beth Harbison

6. MetroGirl by Janet Evanovich

7. Frankenstein - Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz

8. Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

9. Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast

10. Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast

11. Frankenstein - City of Night by Dean Koontz

12. What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

13. Girls Night In by numerous authors

14. High Stakes by Erin McCarthy

15. Bit the Jackpot by Erin McCarthy

16. Bled Dry by Erin McCarthy

17. Sucker Bet by Erin McCarthy

18. Frankenstein - Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz

19. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (reading in progress)