Saturday, April 04, 2009

Doctor Update

Our first glimpse of Spring.....I saw these blooming around our Maple Tree today. But with the expected snow that we're supposed to get on Monday (they're calling for 4-6 inches.....UGH!!!), I doubt they'll be around for long.

Thursday, I went back to see my Rheumatologist to get my diagnosis. After she went through all the lab work results, explaining everything in medical terms (which I didn't understand one bit!), she finally told me that I do indeed have Osteoarthritis. Finally.....an answer! Not exactly the answer I wanted to hear, but at least now I know what I have & now I can learn how to cope with it. She said that with this type of arthritis, it doesn't affect the heart, liver or any other organs, which is good news....it just affects the joints. She also said that having osteoarthritis is a better arthritis to have if you have to have one, although none of them are any fun to have!

I had a really busy week this past week, covering shifts for other people at work to get some extra hours in as we're planning to go home next weekend for Easter. I can't wait to see my Mom, Dad & sisters again.....it's been TOO long (since August of 2007!)! And I can't wait for them to see me since I've lost weight :)

I was tagged by Janet for this photo tag:

The tag how-to...
Go to the photos folder on your computer.
Go to the seventh folder of photos.
Go to the seventh photo.
Put the seventh photo on your blog along with a description.
Invite seven friends to join.

I took this picture in August, 2007 on my way home to visit my family on Interstate 80 through Pennsylvania.....this is the highest point on 80, east of the Mississippi (elevation: 2,250 feet). I thought it was pretty cool that this picture just happened to be the one that showed up since we'll be heading home in a week (although we'll probably be driving through Canada this time).

I also received this awesome award from Aimeeslee.....thanks girl :)

The rules governing this award are as follows: List 7 things about myself (I'm not sure that there's 7 things that you still don't know about me, lol). But here it goes:

1. I try to almost always buy things on sale or with a coupon....even better if it's on sale AND I have a coupon for it! Whenever I tell Jim how much I paid for something, he says "let me guess, it was on sale & you had a coupon, right?" LOL

2. Lately, I've been obsessed with buying workout clothes ;) I got some really good deals at JCPenneys today (they were on sale & I had a coupon, hehe).

3. I actually look forward to exercising & feel bad on the days I don't!

4. My highest game in bowling is a 267 & my highest series is a 694. My next goal is to bowl a 700 or higher series and/or a 300 game (I can dream, can't I?).

5. I've joined the ranks of Facebook & it's as addicting as blogging.

6. My 4 sisters & I all collect different things.....Karen used to collect Owls, Linda collects Angel, Barb collects Teddy Bears, Donna collects Wolves & I collect Koalas.

7. As hard as it is to believe, I've actually been selling off some of my Prima collection (note the emphasis on the word some, lol).

I decided to pass the tag & award on to the following people: Darcey, Cindi, Linda, Denise, Sue & anyone else that reads my blog :)

Have a great weekend.....I'll be hitting the gym HARD tomorrow since I missed the last 2 days! Bad me.....BAD!

Benita

6 comments:

emily said...

Crocuses...it IS spring! So glad to hear you got some answers at the Dr...I know what you mean...even if the answer isn't one we want to hear it is nice to have a sense of direction. Hoe you have a good day!

*Monica* said...

Ooo, those flowers are so pretty! I hope that darn snow doesn't ruin them =( Our daffodils sure didn't last long because of the snow we had.

Sorry to hear about the osteoarthritis. But that's good to hear that it doesn't affect the heart or lungs. And just to have an answer is a relief!

Kim said...

Great pictures.........

I've been stocking up on workout clothes too. I got a few at JC Penney too. I also found some stuff at Ross.

Glad to hear you finally have a diagnosis. At least now you now.

Aimeslee said...

What meds are you taking, did she prescribe anything? Have a fun and safe trip to visit your family, we'll miss ya! xoxo

Sarah C. said...

The flowers are beautiful! :) So glad you finally have some answers from the doctors. Have a safe trip this holiday to see your family!

Janet said...

Hey, Benita -- I'm way behind on my blog hopping. Glad to see you've finally got a diagnosis. That has to be a worry off your chest. Thx for playing along on the tag! Interesting how that particular photo came up! Mine was that way, too! Have a wonderful Easter holiday and visit with your family.