So I met with a Rheumatologist yesterday, and he doesn’t think I have rheumatoid arthritis — the blood test I was positive for isn’t a guarantee, just an indicator. He doesn’t know what I do have, of course, but he doesn’t think it’s RA. It seems my flare-ups don’t last long enough, and my joints don’t look bad enough, to suggest RA as a cause. And you know, I think I’m okay with the idea of having good joints. Even if it means I don’t have a diagnosis.
He took some more blood for a different test for RA though, just in case. But he told me up front he expects that it’ll come back negative. He says that in the short term, I should just stick to taking exorbitant amounts of ibuprofen as long as it’s working (and it does, really). I’ll meet with him again in four months to see how things are going. I should know about that test next week some time. If it’s positive, I’ll probably see him again sooner.
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I just got a call back from the doctor’s office with my test results. I tested positive and high for rheumatoid factor, which suggests I could have rheumatoid arthritis. Which is sad, because Rheumatoid Factor would make a really great game show name otherwise.
So now I’m getting referred to a rheumatologist. I swear that’s probably how that’s spelled, but I have yet to find a spell checker that knows what it is.
So yay arthritis! At least, I sorta hope it’s arthritis now… the list of other things that can make you test positive for RF is pretty scary: leukemia, systemic lupus, etc. But the doctor did say my blood looked normal except for the high RF, so maybe that’s a good sign.
That’s all for now. I gotta get ready for hapkido. Because when you’re young and arthritic, that’s what you do. I guess.
Okay, I guess technically three hours sleep counts as more than two hours sleep.
TOUCHE, SANDMAN. JERKFACE.
And to make matters worse, because I tried to stay in bed and force myself to sleep last night instead of just giving in and getting up like the night before, I managed to ensure Amanda didn’t get much sleep, either.
How much non-sleep do you need before you’re technically an insomniac? I still get a full night’s sleep about half the time, but the other half sucks. Research will ensue.
Also! I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday to see if I have arthritis. They stole a bunch of my blood to find out. So I may have arthritis, and I’m pretty much decidedly low on red blood cells. Gotta work on that.
Amanda and I are planning to spend this weekend finishing our basement demolition. Then next Tuesday we’re sitting down with a contractor to go over a contract on getting our basement re-finished. If all goes well there, our basement remodel should start the last week in March. Exciting stuff!
We’re splitting the work into several parts, with us handling some and the contractor handling others. We figure it’s a good split, because we can handle some of the busywork (like the demolition we’ve been doing), while the contractor can handle the tough stuff that would be easy for us to screw up.
In the end, our basement will have:
Recessed can lighting (since our ceiling is a spine-shattering 6’ 4” down there)
Painted cinderblock walls
Exposed metal conduit and outlets
Wood laminate flooring
We’re going for sort of a faux-urban-loft sort of look, which may seem a little out of place in a basement, but we have high hopes it’ll turn out nice. We’re keeping the wood-burning stove and the stonework it’s sitting on, so I’m not sure how they’ll work together. We’ll find out!
Time will be the toughest part… we’re hoping to have the whole thing done in time for a party on May 15th.
Turns out, I still use math after college. Who knew? Already this morning I’ve had to use geometry, to calculate the area of a trapezoid. The formula is ((b1+b2)/2)*h, where b1 and b2 are the two parallel bases and h is the height, in case you need to know. The answer? 22,500 square centimeters.
Of course, square centimeters aren’t all that useful to me, as I lack in a metric system and whatnot. So then I needed to convert it to square feet. No formula needed there, I just typed "22500 square centimeters in square feet" into Google and got the answer straightaway: a little over 24 feet.
Today has been filled with all sorts of good numbers for me. I thought I’d share a few of them.
2 - Contractors who have confirmed appointments with us to check out our basement and give us estimates on remodeling. This is a Step in the Right Direction.
3 - Social events I have planned for this evening. Lined up are: a big 50th birthday party at Raccoon River with friend Rich Drake, an art show opening for friend Rob Reeves, and a East Village business grand opening.
10 - Days at the new job with SmartyPig. Things seem to be going well so far (at least, I haven’t heard any complaints), so that’s good.
97 - Dollars I made from Google Adsense in February. That’s a new 1-month high for me, and it came in the shortest month of the year!
776 - My credit score. I checked it this morning via Quizzle. I’m glad to know it’s such a goodly number.
100,108 - Page views on CSS Newbie in the last 30 days. That’s a new high-water mark. It also means that something I’ve written gets read more than 3,000 times daily on average. Wow.
We did dinner last night with our friends Scott and Roxi, which is always a blast — great food, drinks and conversation are a given with that couple. Miles even got to come along too and meet their puppy Odin for the first time.
Only downside to the dinner: I was in charge of chopping veggies, and the jalapenos were especially potent. I’ve washed my hands a dozen times since then and I still have oil residue hiding out somewhere. Also: taking out contacts with jalepeno hands? Not. Fun.
We also did dinner the night before with friends Tony, Jessica, Sam and Sarah, and Miles came along on that one too. There were a total of five dogs in attendance. Four of them got along swimmingly, but one of T&J’s pups had to be kenneled — he kept going for Miles’ throat. Sad.
We’ve got a busy social calendar for the next week or so, too. We’re going to an art show on Friday night for our friend Rob Reeves (7pm at The Lift). Saturday night is the CD Release Party for Roxi’s second CD, Black out the Blue. Then next Tuesday is the WordPress Happy Hour, a new event started by friend Jeremy. Next Friday is the Go Green Wine Dinner at Fleming’s Steakhouse, where we’ll celebrate Lindsay’s birthday. And next Saturday is dinner with Eric & Renee. Between all the social stuff, my hapkido training and Amanda’s marathon training, we’re not home a lot in the evenings anymore.