Happy New Year?

Gosh, I didn’t realize that I haven’t blogged since October! As Ricky Ricardo would say, “Let me ‘splain…”

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You’re not that angry at me, right? 🙂

  1. I took up a work-from-home customer service job which required 10 weeks of training. We’re talking five nights a week for five hours at a time if you exclude lunch and breaks. I finished my training in December, and after two nights doing said job, I resigned. I realized that the call center life is way beyond me now, even if it is at home.
  2. I needed to finish graduate school. I was supposed to finish in August, but thanks to illness, I withdrew a few times. Nevertheless, I persisted. Now I’m just waiting for my MFA degree to come in the mail.

Somewhere during all this madness, stuff happened.

I did get a lip biopsy for Sjogren’s, and it came back negative. However, my new rheumatologist’s interpretation of the results is that it only shows that the Sjogren’s hasn’t affected my mouth, which may be why I still have teeth. (It is common for people with Sjogren’s to lose their teeth.) She also brought up my weight again. I told her about my budget limitations, and she suggested that I try a HelloFresh subscription. That still seems expensive, especially now that I am looking for another second job, so I have yet to try it. I did get a coupon last month, so maybe I can just get a week’s worth and try again later.

One thing she did bring up is my elevated rheumatoid factor and C3/C4. She says it looks as if I am in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis, and the RA may show up in my bloodwork in the next couple of years. Yay, me. Anyway, I’m not surprised. It takes effort for me to get out of bed in the morning because I am so stiff, and I always feel a burning sensation in areas like my shoulders. I also had a lot of joint pain thanks to the unusually frigid temperatures in my area.

I was supposed to start taking Plaquenil last month. However, I am waiting for the eye doctor to give the go-ahead for it. Since Plaquenil affects the vision of some people, I had to get a baseline evaluation, and I can get the prescription once the rheumatologist receives the results. I had to come in and do extensive testing, which was kind of like…

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My follow-up with the rheumy is in a few weeks, so I hope I’ll get to try the medicine out before I come back.

In other news, I’m thinking about featuring people on my blog who are also combating an autoimmune disease. This may require buying a domain, etc. to give me more flexibility, but we’ll see.