Yesterday was a long day. I was so worn out after trying to work (my bad), then seeing the doctor...which included lab work and X-rays. So, Dr. S said he thinks I probably have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Although he did say, it could be Reactive Arthritis, which comes on after a virus. Considering how sick I've been since Christmas, that wouldn't surprise me at all. It should take a few days before all of the tests results are back. It's possible that I will be in limbo (not again!) and not get a concrete diagnosis for a while. Although, if the blood work is negative he will probably call it Reactive Arthritis. But, that doesn't mean it isn't RA; you can have seronegative RA just like you can have seronegative MG (oh joy!).
I'm supposed to start taking anti-inflammatory medication. I really do not want to take anything more. But, I don't want to be in pain either. The doctor also prescribed some topical cream. Depending on what the blood work shows, and how I feel, I may need to go on something stronger. Maybe a disease modifying drug. Those are the big guns. Those scare me way more than the anti-inflammatory meds do.
In addition to the pain, stiffness, and swelling, I just plain feel bad. I can't describe it. I sort of feel like I have the flu, only I don't. This newest illness makes me realize (no, it really does this time) that I have to slow down. I need to ask for help. I'm thinking not only about the day-to-day stuff but the big stuff as well. We have two graduations, two graduation parties, and our 25th anniversary this year. I am more than a little concerned about how I will do at all of these events. I will need help with the planning and during the festivities. I'm concerned about Aaron's graduation. It will be at IU's Assembly Hall. I don't know if you've ever seen that place on TV, but it is a disabled person's nightmare. I have checked, and they do have seating available for disabled individuals, but only one person can sit with them. Call me sentimental, but I want to sit with my whole family during this once-in-a-lifetime event. Why should I be denied that right because I am disabled? OK, I know that there probably aren't that many options available. The whole place is a design nightmare, even for healthy individuals. When the date gets closer, I'm sure we can figure something out.
I know I need to respond to some of the comments here. I will get to them. I promise. I just have no energy. It's taken me quite a while to get all of this typed out. And, I still have more I want to say (imagine that). But, it will have to wait. I want everyone to know that I appreciate your prayers and support. They really help!
Have a blessed day!