Saturday, July 14, 2012
Okay! I made it to the rheumatologist's on Thursday--tada! In fact, the senior bus showed up half an hour early, hoping I might be ready early. I crossed my fingers (having had a questionable morning), and off I went. :)
I started a new medication yesterday called Gabapentin on the lowest dosage. It's one of those odd medications that is actually for something else (epilepsy) but can sometimes help people with chronic pain. They mainly warned me that it might make me tired and to stop taking it if I noticed tremors. (Ah...yah!!)
The meds these days are so scary when you read all the possible side effects and there's a doozy of a list for this one: tremors, double vision, depression, suicidal thoughts, dizziness, loss of coordination, tiredness, drowsiness, swelling of hands/ankles/feet, persistent cough or sore throat, and swollen glands. So, I'm on the lookout. ;)
Since this medication is for calming nerves it can sometimes work to alleviate pain similar to a pain pill, I guess. Non-addictive, though. So, we'll see. I take them three times a day and started yesterday morning. Haven't noticed anything obvious. But I am so totally shot for a couple of days after being out and about anyways that it's hard to tell. The highest dose is eight times what I am taking, so this is a low dose, too.
Dr. Sleckman wants me to come back in six months--new medication and all. Oh, and the clinic has a new website now! I have my own secret code--LOL! I can go in and check test results (not that I had any done this time) and I can email Dr. Sleckman. So, in the meantime, I can let him know if they don't do anything or if I quit them because they do something strange. I got just one month's worth. I didn't want more than that. Told him I figured that should be enough to tell one way or the other. He called the prescription in to the pharmacy downstairs and I can renew for six months (they deliver).
My stomach had settled down quite a bit. While I waited for the prescription to be filled I saw the coffee kiosk was still open so, after I got my pills, I decided to buy a small coffee and sit and read Caroline's mystery book for a little while in their comfortable chairs in the big courtyard type area. Hey--I don't get out much, as you know. That was a treat for me...and the bathrooms were right there. ;) Did a little people watching, read a little, and then called for the senior bus about 20 minutes later. My big excursion--LOL! ;)
Then I had to move down by the doors to watch for the van. Every time those automatic doors opened it felt like a blast of furnace air. This was my view of the street and circle drive-up to the door where I was sitting on a little bench.
And this was the long hallway behind me. The courtyard waiting area is off to the right at the end of the hall. I read some more in the half hour it took for the van to arrive.
So, I made it! And I'm trying new meds. Be very nice if they worked--without any funny business, of course--to take that sharp edge off the pain. That's all the pain pills ever did--take the edge off. Time will tell, eh? Wish me luck. If I start sounding depressed I think you'd notice and tell me--LOL!
The clouds were just amazing one afternoon here but, to be honest, I can't remember which day. Don't they look like you could spread your arms out and fall back on them as if they were a cushy bed of cotton?
Gosh, they were pretty! I took a bunch of pictures but I'll only show you a few.
Times like this I wish I could paint what I see and not have it turn out like I'm five years old.
Anyways...Dagan and Leah did stop by briefly on Wednesday night, too. They opened the box and Leah found the wall bracket--which is made of pressboard! So she took measurements and is going to look for a metal wall bracket. Whew! I am so relieved. What would we do without our tool girl?!
The box is going to have to just lie there until maybe this next week...
...which, of course, Karma doesn't mind. I snapped her dozing in the dark over there on the box last night--LOL!
I completely forgot to say that Dagan brought over the rest of the papermaking supplies a while back. Every time I get things put away I always get more stacks, don't I? ROFL!
Anyways, that's about it from Fargo. I am feeling a bit better today. Should be back to normal by tomorrow. I know--pretty sad that it takes me a couple days to recover from being gone for less than four hours. That's my life. ;)
We've been in the 90s and they have 108 degrees predicted for Monday!! I can't believe it can get that hot up here--can it?? The AC and I have become true BFFs this summer. I mean, we were always tight, don't get me wrong. Adversity and tough challenges can bring you even closer together. She froze up on me that one night I didn't pay attention to how cool it was going to get, but she forgave me and we have been simpatico since then. ;)
Stay warm or cool as the case may be. Best wishes this fine weekend from Karma and myself. :):)
"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity."