Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
My leg turned in. Both legs do this, but this is just the one turned. I can go further than this, but if I do I causes mild pain, when it's just this far it doesn't hurt.
Then we have my crap ankles. The left leg is fine, no discomfort standing like that. My ankles roll like that, & more, while I'm walking & cause me to fall & that part sucks, & hurts.
Then the here's the easiest "trick" I've got, but oddly enough this one seems to gross people out a lot. I really don't understand why this one bothers people so much. This is called Swan Neck, I always called it Witch Fingers, lol.
So now on to my odds & ends. I went to the Parents Orientation for pre-school last night. I really think this school is a great one for GirlChild. She's going to have so much fun. I did mention to the one teacher that she may be a bit more prone to falling than the other kids as her ankles are kinda crappy already. Speaking of she fell & busted her lip today. Her tooth punctured the lip, but thankfully it didn't go all the way through & stopped bleeding before too long.
I am still feeling scared about my upcoming appt. Like what if he laughs me out of the office for wasting his time?
Oh & incase it wasn't obvious my headache is pretty much gone.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I have had this one headache at the base of my skull for most of my life. Most days, it hurts, but it's not horrible. It's a bit of a bother, but for the most part I can just ignore it. Every now & again it turns in to headache from hell. Then it hurts as bad as my migraines, but it's not a migraine, nothing much works on the pain either. I just have to wait it out. I've tried going to the E/R for the pain, but as I can't have Toradol they assume I'm a junkie. I'll be seeing my neuro next month & will be getting a headache plan written up & in my file so that they will give me something for the pain so I can at least sleep my way thru it. It usually last 1-3 days, sometimes longer.
So anyhow I'm on day 2 of this beast & was up most the night from the pain. Tonight I get to go the the parents orientation for pre-school. This should be fun. Think they'll mind if I writhe in agony under a table?
Monday, August 25, 2008
There is the % disabled where your STD or LTD decides how much to pay you based on how disabled you are. Well I'm not collecting that so that doesn't apply.
There is SSI/SSDI disabled where everyone (well except for those folks who pray for you & think you ought to drink wheatgrass & try harder) agrees your disabled. Well I don't get that yet so I'm not SSI/SSDI disabled.
Then there is the obviously something is wrong with her disabled, the sort where people look at you & say "well bless your heart, your such an inspiration!". I rarely ever get that so I don't think I'm that kind of disabled.
I do have a parking permit which makes some people give me rude faces, but since I fall randomly the DMV says I'm disabled.
My roommate says I am. So I wonder, when do you "become" disabled & how do you know? I fall randomly, can't work, am in constant pain, have problems with my legs, arms & head. Dunno, think I'll get a note in the mail to let me know?
I went to the zoo with my daughter & my roommate this past Friday. This zoo is all trails so it's a place I can not do without a wheelchair, & as I am a broke girl, I don't own one. So when we got there the only one they had left was the oversized chair. Now I do think it's great they offer an oversized chair for people, but OMG if you aren't oversized that thing is a torture device. Because of my PS I can't use my arms to wheel very well, which means I wheelchair-walk most of the time. (Ya know sitting & then walking the chair along.) These chairs weigh twice what most chairs I use weigh. I couldn't reach the wheels at all to have used my arms if I wanted to.
So now my questions about chairs. If anyone knows, please leave a comment for me.
1. Where does your purse go? It gets in the way on your lap, on the back anyone could steal from it.
2. Since I don't own a chair I didn't get the Emily Post's guide to Chair Etiquette, sorry. When a wide bit of trail or road is 90% clear & it's down hill is it ok to zip along at a nice clip as long as you have full control of the chair & can stop or move quickly if needed? If so why did the few people I went past look at me like I was breaking some cardinal rule?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I was dx'ed at birth because my pediatrician was familiar with PS. My hand is pretty noticeable if you're looking right at it, as was my chest. While I was in elementary school the only thing that was different about me from other kids is that I couldn't cross the monkey bars or do cartwheels. Aside from that my PS didn't have any real impact on my life. I would hold my right hand so that the fingers were curled under the palm, like a relaxed fist so they were hidden when I wasn't using my hand. Heck I still do this. Once I got to middle school/jr high life kinda became hell for me due largely to the PS. The other girls were getting breasts & I was getting a breast, yeah notice the lack of plural on that. I was never good in gym & had a lot a problems there, but once I was expected to change clothes so that the whole class (well all the girls) could see this? Oh hell no! I simply stopped taking gym most days & failed every year from 5th grade to 9th grade. The teacher would come stand next to me & make me change sometimes. I was mocked for my lack of breast on the right side almost everyday. If I knew then what I know now I would have made my mother pull me from school & do home school or just pull me from gym.
In 9th grade I switched schools due to a move & I just skipped gym & was fine. I made sure to get an A in health & so I'd then make out with a barely passing D- for gym/heath since they were graded together. In 10th grade I switched to the Catholic school & there I was again fine. I flat out told my gym teacher I would not be taking gym & would not be changing. She would let me jog or jump rope in my regular clothes & would give me a D for that. I figured that was quite fair & did it. Add in my A in health & I was getting a high C. I eventually did find a good method for stuffing my bra & would change sometimes.
So there you have birth to the end of school, I'll do more stuff later including my breast reconstruction.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I about died of fear when I saw it, I am such a wimp when it comes to bugs. Took me about 10 minutes to kill it. I'm just glad it was in the sink with the disposal. Sometime I love having an old house & other times I hate it. Bugs get in an old house way to easy.
After having been on Neurontin (gabapentin) for about 10 months I am starting to notice a side effect that I do not care for. I can't spell anymore, not that my spelling was perfect before. I used to just have problems with certain letters, like d, p, b, q & t, for some reason I have always mixed them up when writing or typing. Now I can't figure out what order letters go in a word & am mixing up a lot more letters. It drives me batty, I'll mention it to my neuro next month & see if there is any medical issue with that. If not, which I figure there isn't, I'll just have to deal with it. It is a total pain in the ass though.
I finally got all the forms filled out to see if we can get assistance for GirlChild's pre-school. It took me over 2 weeks to do it & I'm only half way thru the registration forms. It's so hard for me to write anymore & the forms are by hand. The one form made me chuckle. It's incase of a nuclear reactor meltdown it's to allow them to take your child to a safe area. All I could think was of a teacher saying, "Well Timmy we want to take you to safety, but your mom never signed the form so we're leaving you here."
I'm attempting to make eggplant tonight for dinner which should be interesting since I've never made it before & I never seem to follow a recipe. I'm not such a good cook I should wing it, but it's more fun that way.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I am really starting to get scared about my appt at Mayo. I can't decide if a good appt will be one where they tell me I have EDS (or another HCTD) or one where they tell me I don't. If I have a HCTD then I have a HCTD. That means I am stuck with this crap for the rest of my life, that means my kids may have this, this mean I could have heart problems, this means I'm not going to wake up one day & be "all better", this means I will probably spend the rest of my life in pain of some level. On the other hand if I don't then what the hell is wrong with me? Why do I have this many problems? So I am just scared because I don't think this can be a good appt. I'm either back at square one or I'm fucked up. Neither option sounds like a good one.
Oh & it turns out my elbow was fully out this past Friday & it was the upper part (humerus) this time. That one kinda grossed my roomie out. It wasn't a pop-ish noise it was more of a soft thunk & she could feel it go back & see it go back in. When it's the lower arm it a quieter noise & she can sort of feel a tiny shift, this was quite different & apparently was kinda ick. It's strange to me, that I thought I was just cracking my joints, but it seems I was actually putting subluxations & dislocations back & never knew it.
Friday, August 15, 2008
So Girl-Child got her chicken pox vax she'll need for pre-school yesterday so I'm sure she'll be cranky all day. I can't believe she's old enough for that already. It's just 2 mornings a week. She's supposed to get a backpack large enough to fit a folder in. That would be mid-thigh or knee on her. I think I'll make a 1/2 sized folder & they can just fold the papers they want to send home in 1/2. My thoughts are until we know if she has a HCTD or not, then lets assume she might & minimize any joint damaging activities. And on a side rant, what is up with the fact they want 3 year olds to carry backpacks that size & that schools think nothing of having 3rd & 4th graders carry 20lbs on their backs? Would they carry that proportion of their body weight on their backs? I think that's a crock of shit.
We are going to have to start switching bedtime/wake-up time for Tiny Miss Girl-Child soon too. She has be getting up at 9.30 or so in the morning & school will start at 9, so she's gonna get up at 8ish I think.
I have been zombie exhausted for the last week or two. Plus my left elbow, yet again, is out of wack. Really would it be wrong to gnaw my own elbow off? I'll prob just ace it in a neutral position til my roommate gets home to help me put it back. I have no clue why this started up, my elbow used to be fine, but it's gone all to hell now.
Ok, off to finish my tea & go pry that baby out of bed.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Firstly I thought it would be a good idea to run past another doc to see if they also agreed that it's likely that I have EDS. He felt that I am incredibly hypermobile & that I do have a heritable connective tissue disorder, of which EDS is one. He wondered if I might have Marfan's, but I really think that's unlikely. I bet he's never before had a patient put their leg behind their head in an exam before, especially one sitting in a chair with armrests & a patient who was fully dressed at that, lol.
Secondly I wanted to know if he would want to be the guy who gets to run the train wreck that is my health. As I am now super interesting from a medical perspective he's totally wanting to be my doc.
Thirdly I wanted to see if I was going to want him to run the train wreck. He apologized for not having noticed this sooner since once I brought out a few circus tricks it was very obvious that there is something going on with my whole body. I said jokingly that I wouldn't have figured it out if I hadn't be researching stuff related to the PFPS that he dx'ed me with & he said no, he felt it was all me who figured this out. I also said I was going to want/need some PT & OT & splints, braces & orthotics, plus some checking on my heart too. He will send me out for anything I need. He first wants me to find out what disorder/syndrome I have so we can figure things out in order of urgency. He is leaning towards getting me some custom orthotics, maybe foot ankle orthotics with a podiatrist. (Is it wrong to ask for a foot rub at the podiatrist's office? Eh, probably.)
So it seems that 2 docs think I have EDS or something similar & both agree I need to be seen by a geneticist to determine what it is I've got going on. It also seems my doc isn't a crap doc that I often accuse him of being, but rather a doc who kinda needs a kick in the pants to get a ball rolling & is fine with me being the one driving this train wreck to wherever it's going.
There is a difference between the haves & the have-nots in life. He told me he couldn't understand why this wasn't discovered sooner since once you looked at a few things it was really obvious. I had to explain that not all of us have had health insurance our whole lives. I told him that from age 18 til now (age 33) I had insurance for 1 year when I was pregnant at 19 & now for the past 4 years. Of the last 4 years I've been his patient for 2 & the 2 before that I was pregnant & then taking care of a sick baby. When you've a sick child you have to put yourself second, doesn't matter what's going on you. I told him I have a variety of crap going on from the last almost 16 years & other than emergency stuff I've had no care. So there is a lot of things that need tending to. I've never seen anyone for my kidney stones, I haven't seen anyone regarding my heart since I was dx'ed @ 15, so lord knows what's going on there & he gets to try to figure out this stuff & send me all over the place. He's up for the challenge & I think I'm going to give him the chance.
Ok, that's enough for tonight, if I forgot anything I post it tomorrow.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
My elbow came out again this past week. I wonder if I just hadn't gotten all the way back in the first time. Got my roommate to pull the arm while I rotated & that worked much better than earlier in the week when I had to hold the joint while I rotated it. Seems to be back to almost it's old self again.
It's funny in some ways I seem worse since I found out I probably have EDS, but it's just that my understanding has changed. I used to just keep pushing myself if my knees hurt because I knew what the treatment options for OA were if I damaged them, but now know that most of that isn't really an option anymore & that the options left are less likely to work, plus the fact that odds are that I've got another 50 years with these knees & they aren't going to get better. I labored under the delusion that if I kept pushing they would get better. Knowing that what I thought of my ankle just going out from under is actually a my ankle coming partially out of joint, it changes how you react to the injury. I used to just ignore injuries & just push thru pain, now I stop & treat the injury. That's such a change for me.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Well I finally broke out the voice recognition stuff & am trying to use it at the moment. Hopefully it’ll do better at recognizing my voice and I can actually use it instead of typing. My left elbow that I sublux’ed last week is hurting and I think of pinched the nerve. The pins & needles numbness down my arm and in my pinky, ring finger and palm is much worse than usual & it constantly feels like someone hitting my funny bone. The best part of all is that I can only “type” in word because for some reason Microsoft assumes that I have no need to “type” have anywhere else. So I have to “type” everything in word & then copy-paste in to whenever it is that I’m actually wanting to use.
It’s taken me 23 minutes to type this. Hopefully my elbow will feel better & I’ll be back to typing soon because if not in the go insane trying to use this voice recognition crap.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I think I am going to have to concede that my cane isn't working. With 2 bum knees & 2 crap hands how does one use a cane without ending up in even more pain? Got a suggestion cause I haven't figured it out yet.
Oh & on a totally random note I finally got a cooling thing for my laptop so it stops getting so hot when I use it.
Plus my fatigue is back in force. I don't mean I'm a bit tired, or that I'm not sleeping well. I am sleeping like the dead & getting what should be a great night's sleep except when I wake up I'm ready for a nap. My body feels like it's moving thru quicksand & it takes so much energy to do anything. Hopefully it's just a phase & gets back to my normal tired instead of this super-double tired I've currently got going.
Friday, August 1, 2008
I don't know, but I do know that sitting with my old boss listening to her complain about sick or disabled people who should just work harder to be well makes me worry about how long she will still count me as a friend. Who knows maybe she does already, but was being polite & that's why she was willing to talk to me. Maybe that's why she brought up other people we both know & went on about how they should just push thru it. With her I wonder most if it's lack of understanding or fear. She has a few medical issues herself & keeps going, maybe she's afraid she's next? Who knows.
But people like that make me fear I will be thought of as lazy or a faker so I keep pushing myself as hard as I can. Has that gotten me better? No it's actually made me worse. Does that stop me?: No, so far it hasn't. I am scared to get crutches because I am scared of the crap others I know will give me, so instead I stay in my house all day & do nothing.
So I'm at that point where I am on the tightrope between well & disabled. At some point I will fall & no that's not be being a pessimist, it's being a realist. I subluxed my elbow by sitting at my desk with my head resting in my hand while reading something on the computer. Yeah, that alone is enough to cause my elbow to come part of the way out of joint. I am going to get worse.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I tried to use my exercise bike the other day. I was fine while I did it & even fine afterwards, but after an hour or so my knee left felt loose. Today is keeps slipping, it's super minor but it's super painful. So instead of taking a short walk to the store & get a Dr Pepper I am force to suffer without.
I have another Dr appt with my PCP in the middle of August. (Does anyone else think it's funny that's the abbreveation that docs get? Come on, doesn't anyone else think it's funny? Phencyclidine? Get it? Ok, time to get back on task.) I am going to send him an email before then & tell him we need to do something with my knees & my fingers & see if he wants to do that as one appt or two. Also going to mention that my neuro is sending me to Mayo & see what his attitude is regarding that. I really don't like my doc & don't think much of the care he's given, but have waited thinking he might suddenly become a wonderful doc, but I don't think that's going to happen. So if he has no clue what EDS is he can go study now rather than impressing me yet again with his poor skills.
So there ya go, that's what's new here. Maybe next time I'll have some cool Hungarian Jedi adventures for ya.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So, back to what I was saying, I have Poland's Syndrome (PS), right side affected, a mildly moderate case of it. I have no chest muscles what so ever on the right side except the ittiest, bittiest bit of a pectoral head, nothing on the side of the ribcage & some of the back muscles are missing too. (I think it's funny they are referred to as missing, like I can put up a poster on a telephone pole & someone will call to say they've found them. Well if anyone found them please leave a comment, lol.) I only have 2 bones instead of the usual 3 in my right index finger. I don't have any finger webbing thankfully. I do have scoliosis since birth from the Poland's too. I was dx'ed at birth with PS, it's usually pretty obvious so it's just a matter of a doc knowing the name or just looking it up. This isn't something that's affected my life a ton in a functional manner. Kids are wicked mean so I did have to deal with a lot of crap in the school yard.
I am a righty which surprises a lot of people. Now that I have the OA in both hands I have found my freaky little right hand has a lot more issues & I will never know if that's because it's my dominate hand or because of the Poland's. I can't move my middle finger well & the thing is curving over towards the pinky a lot. Hopefully I can get a ring splint for that finger cause if it keeps going I will have no function in it at all.
Since I missing an entire major muscle system I do have some issues with how I lift, carry & bear weight, add on to that the EDS which doesn't do well with weight borne incorrectly & I've got a lovely catch 22. That is part of the reason I hope to get sent to PT/OT down at Mayo rather than here in town. My small town doc's PT/OT is really going to have to be open minded & willing to learn a lot & change everything from the standard approach.
I'll write more on this as I think of things. The thing with PS is that unless you have a small child with it, are between the ages of 8-18 or are having surgery it's just not something you think of on a daily basis. I really do forget something that everyone one doesn't have a big hand & a little hand, lol.
Here's my right hand showing it's Poland-ness
And one of it showing it's EDS-ness
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
2. Sleep study results are in & I do not have apena, just like I told the doc. Well, I shouldn't complain, he did listen about my having been so tired. The downside is I'm back to square one.
3. The more I watch Girl-Child I can see she is very hypermobile. I'm praying she's so bendy due to being 3 rather than EDS, but my heart says otherwise. I look at her legs & ankles when she stands & it matches me at that age to a T. I watch how she rolls her ankles under at will to fall.
4. I'm not sure if either of the boys have it as neither live with me. Eldest-Boy I placed for adoption when I was 18. It's a very, very open adoption so his mom & I talked & I send her a ton of info & she doesn't see anything indicating EDS. Once I am dx'ed I'll suggest he is seen to double check. Unsure about Boy-Child he lives with his father. I will have to talk to him & see how he is doing. Oddly enough both boys went thru a phase where neither grew for about a year when they were 2ish. I'll have to double check on the age to be sure. When it happened with Eldest-Boy the docs were wondering if he might be a little person. My mom said it happened to both boys of a first cousin of hers, so Eldest-Boy's doc said they would wait to do anything then & he isn't a little person. When it happened to Boy-Child we knew it probably would happen so no one batted an eyelash when he did. I have no clue what bearing that has on anything, but it's interesting & it's in the same family line as the EDS.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Anyhow, I hurt my foot. I thought it might be a stress fracture, but it was just tendonitis. I am on Prednisone for it. First time I've had tendonitis anywhere except my arms. Thankfully the Prednisone seems to be working so I can walk again. Still hurts & I can only walk in my Crocs, but beats all hell outta being layed up on the sofa in pain.
I have decided I need to quit my job. I just am not physically able to do it. The walking, standing & running are just more than I can handle. I ended up missing 2 days of this week (my last week) due to my foot, which just re-enforces the fact that I can't work. I'm out with a docs note at least so they can't think I'm faking. I am planning on going back to school here in the fall & will go to school from home.
I also got a laptop about 2 months ago & just last week finally was able to afford a wireless router so now I can finally use my laptop as a laptop, lol. I am shocked at how much difference I find in what I can do on it compared to my desktop. My roommate took my old desktop cause it was much, much newer than hers. So both of us ended up with a much better computer than we had.
So they messed up my sleep study results. I had the thing on for like 10 minutes, but it wasn't working right. I then wore it for the whole night, but the tech only sent the first 10 minute part to the doc, so I called & got that corrected. They told me they would get it to my doc the next day, but it's been 4 business days & he still doesn't have it so I guess I'm going to have to call again.
Ok, I'm all typed out for now, more later maybe.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
On a happy note, the Genetics office called & I get to be seen there. I'm glad they'll see me. I was worried they wouldn't see me since I'm not already a patient of Mayo & it can be hard anymore to get in to Mayo if you've not been to one of their outlying clinics. The 1st appt they had was the beginning of Sept. My neuro told me it could be up to 6 months, so all in all not bad. I am going to call the assorted Drs I've seen & get copies of assorted medical files so I can bring that info with me.
I am thinking I may need to see someone regarding pain before then. My neuro said if I needed anything to make an appt, but I don't want to waste her time on something that my PCP should be able to handle. I tried taking some vicodin I had left over & it's really helped this past week. I'm only taking the tiniest of doses. I have 5/500 ones & I'm taking 1/4th of a pain 1-2x per day. So it's not like I'm super drug seeking here, I'd be looking for 30 pills to tide me over til Sept. I do worry however that my sucky PCP will not accept the word of my neuro & decide I don't have EDS & just send me for PT. I am not doing PT/OT until I have a firm dx of EDS so I can tell them what I can & can't do so I don't damage myself. I don't know, maybe I'll call on Monday & see if who I feel I should call.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
My pain levels are crap, I am never without pain. I am cane shopping so I can hopefully stop stumbling & falling. I have to use the wheelchairs in the big stores now. I've had my parking thing for almost 4 years now because of falling. It's been years now that I have days where I can not walk down steps & getting up them is always agony. Plus it's been almost 20 years that I have had a horrible headache, everyday.
I need to take some time & process what's happening in my life. I've now finally reached a point where I can't keep fighting this crap & I need to figure out how to deal with it. I can't keep denying anything is wrong & pretend that I'm going to figure out something that will fix it all & I can go back to my old self. I need to figure out how to make friends with this new me.
Hopefully I can get some PT & some braces that can get me to a much higher level of functioning, but that's going to be a while before I can get the dx confirmed, then I'll have to wait til I get referred to the places to try & fix what we can.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Last night I picked up my O2 monitor for my home sleep study. Was just a little dealie I wore on my wrist with a dealie that went on my finger to watch my O2 levels & heart rate. I really don't think I have apenea, but if we can rule that out maybe we can work on what is causing me to be so tired. On an aside it was neat to watch it change when I rolled over. My O2 (while I was awake) was 96-98 & my heartrate was 65-75. When I would roll over it would jump up to 95-or so & then when I got up from bed in the morning it hopped all the way up to 113. Wonder if that's related to my dizzy spells when I get up. It dropped right back down once I was standing for a moment, so I doubt it's anything.
Oh, I ordered some lightly tinted glasses, I am finding that computer glare & bright sun is bothering me more & more, but my sunglasses are too dark to use sometimes so these are 1/2 way between. Fingers crossed they work well. They should be here end of next week or soon there after.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I think I need to call my neuro back & ask what thought she has for me in the mean time for me to deal with my pain issues. She said it could be 3-6 months before I am seen by the geneticist. I really don't think that I can "suck it up" that long. I wonder if her friend who's a rhummy would see me? I wonder if I see that doc if they suck they would try to cancel my geneticist deal. I wonder why I fret about these things.
I really wish I had my own wheelchair somedays. Weight bearing is becoming harder & harder.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I worked an 8hr day yesterday, which may not seem like a big deal to most everyone, but for me is almost an impossibility. I work in a coffee shop, so it's all day standing, plus the floor is often wet so a fair amount of slipping is standard. Add to that my gimped knees & ankles & you end up with one hurting pup. At least I have then next few days off so I can recover & then go back to my usual 3hr days.
A bit about me & my medical crap. I have OA in both knees & both hands, plus neuropathy in my hands, forearms, lower legs & feet. My neuro & I also think I have EDS. I am waiting for a call for an appt from the referral she put in for me to a geneticist to confirm & maybe even type the EDS. I also have Poland's Syndrome too, which may be stressing my joints even more.