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08:34 pm: Last Time for this Rheumatologist

My regular night last night -- watched Serenity again and had forgotten a lot of it -- and got a large batch of beading done.

Today I had my last appointment with my rheumatologist. I took her a necklace I'd made and when she opened the box, she held it up to her top and said "it matches!" and I said "you almost always wear those colors" and we laughed. She's tired of doctoring and is going to be off for a while and then find a Public Health job because that's what she majored in. The new doctor starts next week and I'll see her in two months.

My DEXA scan shows significant arthritis in my back, plus osteopenia in my back and hips, so I have to restart the Fosamax. It doesn't taste bad or anything, it just requires a different routine on the morning it's taken and I almost always forget. The arthritis pain in my hands is bad enough now that I'm going to increase the prednisone to 2.5mg every day instead of every other day.

I stopped to eat at Carabbas on the way home and had my favorite House Salad and a third of the Margerita pizza. I brought the rest home.

I sent a letter to the WashPost editors and I think they may print it, so I can't tell you about it until I know or not.

And in other news in the WashPost, the FDA has set up a database where patients and doctors can look up reactions and side-effects to drugs after the original safety evaluations.

Also, an interesting study on who runs yellow lights and why.

I'm definitely worn out and will take a nap before I read LJ and ML.

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Date:July 1st, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I have the same problem, forgetting not to eat the day I'm supposed to take my osteoporosis drugs, so my rheumatologist gave me a referral for a once-a-year infusion called Reclast. Haven't read the full drug information yet, but it sounds like it'll make compliance a lot easier. (I also got my first OB/GYN referral—they've got the best DEXA scan machine in the hospital.)
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Date:July 1st, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
I take pills right before I eat, so I take pills and don't take that one, but it's the same sort of thing. We talked about Reclast and Boniva, but they're all still brands and too expensive.

I had to use a DEXA outside Kaiser mostly because they're in trailers and you have to go up/down steps. I was close enough then to the 300 (290 today, lost five pounds in 12 days, not a good thing) top weight that I could have used it if I could have gotten to it.
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Date:July 1st, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Small world: I rewatched Serenity last night, too.
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Date:July 1st, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, great synchronicity!
Date:July 5th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Interesting article about yellow lights. I think I could add a few more points to who runs and who doesn't and I think the guy driving behind me last week will get a ticket because I saw the camera flash behind me - he cut it far too close. Just as well I didn't stop, I'd have been toast.
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