I am still waiting for the rheumatologist's office to call to schedule an appointment. Still have the same pain and swelling; some days worse; some days better but always there.
This brings me to a response to Ilene's Blog. She talks about something very dear to my heart, today's medical system. I don't go to doctors unless I am sick or something is wrong. I don't even have a 'Primary Care' doctor..........I do now! You need one if you plan to see a specialist. Now I know something is wrong with my joints but I can't go directly to the specialist. My insurance company must pay two doctors, and for two sets of tests and x-rays instead of the necessary one.
The other thing that caught my attention was her being prescribed Lipitor because her cholesterol was high. My understanding is just as many people have heart attacks that have low cholesterol as those with high. Also tying foods to high Ch. doesn't really have good tests behind it. For instance, I am a devotee of eating real foods which includes, whole cow's milk, butter, cream, lard, eggs, etc.
I just knew when they did the blood work my cholesterol would be extremely high. I was all set to fight the doctor about not taking a statin drug. Guess what.
My test came back marked "excellent". So much for foods causing elevation.
Now, no doctor has said you have RA, but I know that is what they think. The PC doctor even told me the Rheumatologist would start me on methotrexate. The research on this drug scared me to death! It is a chemo drug for cancer that has proven effective in treating RA. It can also cause cancer. I know of two people who took it for 20 years or more; one died of leukemia and the other was just diagnosed with leukemia and was told the RA drug caused it. I am wanting someone to just tell me they know for certain what my problem is.....then we can discuss alternative medicines.
I am constantly amazed at people who think doctors are Gods and just blindly follow all orders and take whatever they give them without question. Not this old girl......
I may get that "non-compliant" tag on my file too.
On to better things:
I canned 9 pints of San Marzano tomatoes this morning (this has been a good day wrist-wise). I still have a dishpan or more of regular tomatoes to do but will save my strength and do them in the morning.
|From Harvest 2010|
I found one lonely white cleome this morning. I hope it self seeds for next year.
|From August 2010|
I am still watering the shrubs out front and the foundation plants....they might be all I do next year.
We usually have our morning coffee on the porch on the east side of the house, but this morning it was hot and sunny by 7:30 AM. I suggested we move to the west yard where there is full shade most of the day. My help meet groused mightily; it was not handy (just a walk around the house and we can also go their from the living room which is just down a few steps to the west yard). I told him once we moved our chairs it would be no problem. He didn't like it but he followed me. There was a nice breeze and we sat there for almost an hour. I don't have any flower beds at all there, but somehow the green seems almost more serene to me.
|From August 2010|