Thursday, October 07, 2004

The Beast is Finished...

Well I did it... I finished the beast!!!YYYYAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!! I finished the other day. It is huge and very warm. I wore it to the doc's office the other day because I had a fever and it did the trick, it kept me toasty warm. I got some strange looks from people and was asked if I was expecting snow,(people can be so rude and insensitive sometimes) but I don't care it kept me warm. It will be great to wear this winter. :)
I started one of the front panels for mom's sweater. In fact I only have a couple more inches to go before I start the shoulder. After the beast,this sweater is a breeze (when I have the energy to work on it). I also managed to finish one of the front panels for the sweater I am making on the machine. Maybe this weekend I will be able to finish the fronts of both sweaters.

I must warn you now that I have the need to vent so please forgive me if I upset anyone. If you are sensitive to health problems you may want to stop reading now.

I mentioned my doctor visit, well...I do have R.A.. Doc decided to run a bunch more tests. He thinks there may be more going on than R.A. and that Autoimmune Diseases usually over lap. I am just hoping the tests come back ok. He gave me some meds and wants me to come back in two weeks for the test results and to see how the new meds are working. For anyone who doesn't know (I didn't till I researched it) Autoimmune Disease is when a person's immune system mistakes and attacks it own tissues. With R.A., the immune system attacks the fluid between the joints and destroys it. In doing so it usually leaves behind scar tissue that disfigures that joint. Left untreated R.A. can also attack the fluid sack in other parts of the body. If it attacks the sac around your heart you may develop congestive heart failure. If it attacks the kidneys, you could end up with renal failure. There is no cure but it can be controlled. It can even go into remission. Autoimmune Diseases are NOT contagious. The experts are not sure exactly how and why they happen. Some think it's genetics, some think its environmental and others think its traumatic. Everyone has an opinion but know one knows for sure. I am very hopeful that it was caught in time.
Anyway, for the most part I'm doing ok. I sometimes have a fever, I'm still not sleeping well at night so I nap when I'm tired. My appetite come and goes. I hand knit when I can and machine knit when my hands can't hold the needles. But it could be worse. Yeah, sometimes I feel like crying so I sit and knit. I guess you could call it my therapy. It's not the first time knitting has pulled me through and I'm positive it won't be the last time. :) I'll let you know what happens. I think it's safe to say that this has been a learning experience for me. I have always tried to enjoy life and to make every moment count. In light of what's going on I am learning to do that all over again.


Blogger Pam said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your health problems! I hope your test results come back ok. :)

5:49 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Where are you? We miss you!

10:31 PM  

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