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07:56 pm: Pitting Edema
My feet are now at +6 pitting edema, which is not a good thing. I'm going to ask my rheumatologist about it on Wednesday. Today I took a DVD to the post office and got labs taken. Lots of labs, because the nephrologist ordered more without telling me. Nine tubes and Michele only got six from one vein and had to stick another.

Then I had dinner (with coupon) at Uno's and while I planned for pizza, I ended up having short-rib sliders and skinless bake. While I was there, women started coming in with carnations. I was trying to figure out what was happening and then I saw little girls with carnations. On my way out, I saw a woman at a table with cards and pens and carnations. When I got outside, there was a pink Mary Kay Cadillac in the next handicapped spot.

It being rush hour, getting home took longer than usual, particularly when the woman behind me tapped the van. I didn't get out or anything, it certainly hadn't hurt the van, but I did look at her in the mirror and she looked shocked. When I got home, I checked the clusterbox and my check was there. I turned around and deposited it at the credit union. I had someone again who said I couldn't access it until Tuesday, and while I don't need it until after Tuesday, I don't want them to get in that habit. I explained I'd deposited these every month for years and she looked and agreed.

Last night Spirit was standing on my leg on the recliner and Junie came up and sniffed her butt, and Spirit just stayed there and didn't hiss. Later, Junie was playing with Mr. Gator at the end of the end table and when I told her she was a good girl to play, she looked at me and pulled Spirit's water bowl onto the floor. She got some minutes in the guest bathroom and I cleaned up.

And poor Loki -- he likes to sit on the other table by the computer and let me kiss his nose, but I'd forgotten I'd microwaved a "cajun style" meal last night. He backed off in terror when he smelled that. Later on in bed, though, he still wrapped his tail around my arm when I petted him.

I'm going to take a nap now. Back to read in a while.

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From:green_knight
Date:March 27th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
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I don't know whether you could get access to it, much less whether your insurance would stand for it, but I wonder whether lymphatic drainage would help you to deal with the edema - that might be worth asking about.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, draining would be temporary because whatever is happening is continuing. I can ask, but I don't think the doctors will agree.
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From:green_knight
Date:March 27th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
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You definitely need to work out what is happening and stop the cause, but lymphatic drainage helps to keep open the channels by which excess lymph is transported away, so it has an effect beyond the immediate.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:March 27th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
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Good luck at the rheumatologist, I hope you get some answers.

I've done the same thing with my cats, usually going to pet them after I've put on mint lotion. They hate mint!
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Oh, I can't deal with spearmint and I don't think I have any peppermint things, so I don't know about that.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I remember someone who posted to Usenet back in the 1990s mentioning that their cats loved mint, and many agreed. None of my cats have ever liked it, though.

Frankly, it often makes my eyes water, but I need mint lotion to help with stiffness in my hands from typing.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 27th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
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My hand problem is that the arthritic joints will turn backward and really hurt. There's not much that will help that, and what there is, I can't take.
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From:heleninwales
Date:March 27th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
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I hope the rheumatologist can suggest something for the feet.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:skylarker
Date:March 27th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Poor Loki and the cajun-style breath!
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
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I know, I wasn't anticipating that!
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From:serge_lj
Date:March 27th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
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It being rush hour, getting home took longer than usual

There's something funny about that sentence.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Now, I didn't coin that!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 28th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
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I hope the rheumatologist comes up with an answer.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 28th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
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I hope so, too, and I think her answer may be to call the nephrologist. They may not have taken me seriously, and the rheumatologist will actually look at my feet.
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