Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday

What started out to be a crazy overscheduled week really settled down rather nicely!

I went to the new rheumatologist yesterday with Hubby. I was not happy to have to go to a male doc, as I have found that female docs tend to be more understanding and in tune. However, I found the new rheumy very understanding and he really listened and heard all my concerns.

It was actually great having a new set of eyes on my issues. He did xrays and a sonogram of my hands and wrists, right there in the office, along with a complete blood workup! I loved one stop shopping!! I usually have to run to one place for xrays and another for blood.

I have a lot of neuropathy issues, always have, his fresh eyes have given us a new plan of attack as well as another diagnosis. He is confident that Fibromyalgia is also rearing its ugly head in my body. Not surprising as it goes hand in hand with Lupus and RA.

The plan is to try Lyrica which will address the neuropathies. The numbing, tingling, weakness and balance issues. As I have mentioned, MS has been ruled out before, and we are sticking with that assumption unless there is a reason to revisit it.

Also to be added will be Provigil, a medication that will help with what to me is the most debilitating part of the disease - fatigue. And, also the cognitive issues. Hopefully, I will be sleeping better with Lyrica and the Provigil will do its magic and I will be like a new person in a few months!

I am happy to have a plan of attack! And, I visit him again on 12/1.

Okay... on to my blessings! :-)

1. New rheumy. So far so good! And, a plan. I like plans.

2. Hubby! Home with me yesterday for the doctors, which was a very long comprehensive 3 hour visit. BUT, today he surprised me by staying home again! Yay!

3. Piano. Pumpkin is having her lesson as I type this... I love it! Christmas carols... have to get ready!

4. Hammer. We have spent this week preparing his application for Eagle Scout and planning his project. Part of that process was gathering letters of recommendation for Hammer. There has been an overwhelming outpouring of love and respect for him. :-)

Kathy, Karol, Dave, Bill, K, you all overwhelmed me with your letters. Thank you. Mom and Dad and Hubby... perfect and just as I expected... we have such a special boy and I am honored that he is ours.

5. Fuzzy. In the last week or so, he has been trying harder and pulling up into A's. If he wanted to he could have straight 100's... it's all about what you put into it, he has the ability. Just needs to work it!

6. Coffee!!!! After months of coping with our Keurig coffee maker malfunctioning and needing to be tweaked each and every day... My dad gifted Hubby and I with a new one for our anniversary - early! YOU ROCK, Dad! ;-)

Well, I think I have taken up enough of your time!

Go to go farm! LOL

be well...


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Glad you have a new plan of attack, hope it yields some great results.

New coffee maker, that does rock.

Beth said...

Sounds very promising, Dawn! My Mom is on Lyrica for her neuropathy, and it's really helped her. I hope you have the same results. Hugs, Beth

Just Bill said...

Dawn, thanks for your comment on my blog. I am well and doing fine.
Sounds like you are doing a little better. A new Doc every four or five years is a good thing I have found. Good luck to you and I can't wait to hear what Hammers Eagle Scout project will be.
Love to you and the family, Bill

garnett109 said...

glad you have news eyes on old problems, get better ok

seeking the truth said...

as hard as it is to get used to new doctors, sometimes it is good to see them as they have 'fresh' eyes like you mentioned and don't assume like sometimes our regular doctors do thinking they "know" us. sounds like the doctor knows what he is doing! I hope it makes you feel better, which is the ultimate goal, right?

great list of thankfuls :)


Lori said...

That sounds really great! I'm glad you like and have confidence in the new doc. It sounds like his fresh approach might be just the thing. Glad everyone is doing well.

Cathy said...

I've heard of Lyrica, having neuropathy in my left leg about 12 yrs now, but not this Provigil. Thanks SO much for the info! If I managed to live around the pain and dead-leg, the sciatica, all the crapola, you'd think I could manage the fatigue - but noooo. Can you keep an update going on this? Thanks, and I'm not surprised to see COFFEE in those blessings lol.

Lisa said...

I'm glad to hear you are liking the new Doctor. I think it is good to have a fresh set of eyes ~ and it sounds like he is taking an interest in your health plan. Hoping the new meds work well!! Cool gift on the coffee maker. I can't imagine you hung in there that long!!! LOL. Will keep you in my Prayers that everything falls into place for you health wise.

LYN said...


ADB said...

Bit surprised the doc prescribed the Provigil, Dawn, it's a drug with a narrow spectrum of conditions it can be used on. I am pleased though your condition(s) have been swept through with a new broom, and hope the revised meds do their trick.

Traci said...

Glad there is a new plan of attack. Hope things improve!

A Middle Aged Mom said...

I'm glad you like your new doctor. I was just diagnosed finally with FM last week. I'm on Cybalta for now.

I hope your new meds help quickly!

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links are on old blog.
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