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Hitting the Road

I’m leaving for the Mayo Clinic later today.  The rest of the week will be a whirlwind of x-rays, tests, and doctor consults.  And if I play my cards right, a Margarita. Or five.

We’ve been able to rule out a few things through some blood work and testing.  Basically, something is attacking my joints.  They are effused (that’s fancy medical talk for FILLED WITH FLUID) and that is why I’m experiencing the pain.  But there is no evidence of nerve damage.

I’m having more blood drawn before I leave town, because that’s what I do now.  I give away my blood and parts of myself for the advancement of medical science.  I’m some sort of medical anomaly, evidently.  Which is awesome, because I never like to take the well traveled path.

The good news is that through some basic blood tests, I learned that my thyroid, blood count, cholesterol, sugar level, plus some other important stuff are all fine.  I am extremely low in Vitamin D, but I attribute that to NEVER LEAVING THE HOUSE.  But I can take a pill for that.  

I’m still under orders to rest.  {{{{Snicker}}}}  Last Sunday, Fiddledaddy took the children to the water park ALL DAY, so that I could rest.  I got all the sheets and towels washed and then spent THREE HOURS sewing badges on Cailey’s American Heritage Girls vest.  And let me just say for the record that I’m racking up points with child #2 in the hopes that she will be the one to ensure I end up in a luxury nursing home in my twilight years.  One with a spa, preferably.

Anyhoo.  At the doctor’s appointment the next morning Fiddledaddy ratted me out to the doctor.  And then the doctor gave me a slightly stern talking to.  While Fiddledaddy sat there openly gloating.  The reason he loves this doctor is because this doctor ALWAYS SIDES WITH HIM.

Okay, what’s wrong with this picture?  A doctor tells you that you must rest and not do any housework, AND THIS UPSETS YOU.  I don’t do rest.  I’m a lousy patient.  And I don’t care to take orders.

Perhaps the aforementioned Zoloft recommendation of my (former) orthopedic surgeon should be funneled to Fiddledaddy.  He deserves it.  He has put up with quite a bit from me lately.

But, at least I’m fun.  And my hair looks good.

My hope is to blog live from the Mayo.  At the very least I will Tweet from the Mayo.  I’ll keep y’all posted and thank you, thank you, thank you for your sweet prayers and well wishes.

I feel certain that I’ll have answers soon.

But then what will I write about?

13 Responses to Hitting the Road

  • Glad to know they are at least ruling things out. You might consider auditioning for Discovery Channel “Mystery Diagnosis” at this point! I’m assuming the doc has ruled out the obvious like Fibromalygia, Lupus, RA, Sorenjen’s etc. Good luck at the Mayo clinic! Still praying for you and your family.

  • Praying for you DeeDee…for your travel, for answers and praising the Lord for your sense of humor-it will get you through. 🙂

  • I am a lousy paitent as well. I am 35 weeks pregnant and the Dr. has put me on bed rest and I am hating it!!!!!!! It’s my job to clean and take care of the kids, house, cooking, etc. It is almost impossible for me to stay down all day. My husband doesn’t even know where I keep the bowls in the kitchen so we are eating alot of Taco Bell and such. LOL Anyways, I know how you feel.

  • Sending you off today with {hugs} and prayers.

    btw: you will ALWAYS find stuff to write about. 🙂

  • Prayers go with you and find out what is going on! I don’t think that laundry and 3 hours of sewing count as “REST” but I do understand. Some of us don’t do “REST” well. I look forward to your live reports and you allways seem to find the funny in whatever is in your life. That is a good thing. Also glad your hair looks good, never know – doctor may want a sample of that too after all they have taken samples of just about everything else.

  • Then you will simply blog about your marathon training…chasing Jensen around the house. 😀

  • Which one are you headed to? Praying you there!

    • Jules, I’m going to Jacksonville. Staying on the beach. Squeeee! Thank you, my sweet friend, for your prayers. (I saw your Twitter post.) 🙂

  • I think It is almost impossible for me to stay down all day.

  • My hubby spent the day at Mayo yesterday (in MN). If they shuttle you north give me a call and I’ll make sure to have some ChocoVine on hand!

  • Just stopped and prayed for you sweet friend! I hope you get answers and an easy plan of action. Did you pack some ChocoVine? Hope so.


  • I was going to suggest “Mystery Diagnosis” too! Glad they are at least ruling some things out, hopefully Mayo will give you the answers you are looking for.
    Don’t worry about something to blog about. I’m sure with Jensen homeschooling you will have plenty of material!
    Good luck, drive safe and enjoy your beach view. I will be praying for you 🙂

  • OOOh, that very low vitamin D thing is something. I think I can now attribute that to some random hand/joint pain I was experiencing in the midst of the frozen TX winter. It sent me to a Rheumatologist. Once on a prescription dose of Vitamin D my achy hands no longer ached. That is NOT to be underestimated.

    Good luck. Enjoy the beach! God bless those who see you at the Mayo.