RA Update

My latest appointment with my rheumatologist went well! Medication dosages were the same, blood tests were fine, and I don’t go back until November!

While examining my poor left hand–which has had a swollen pinky and middle finger for months, and is also my dominant hand-my doctor asked if I wanted to get a shot in my middle finger to reduce the swelling. I was surprised when he brought that up because I thought you couldn’t put a shot into a finger since it’s such a tiny joint.

But apparently you can.

The shot will be a mix of novacaine and cortisone, and be done in the office. Even though numbing spray will be used, it will still hurt. As my doctor told me, it’ll “wake you up.”

But, it’s better than upping my medication. He told me to think about it, but I’ve already made up my mind! I’m taking the shot.

To be continued…

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Another Cousin

Early Saturday morning my cousin, Josh, and his wife, Christina, had their baby boy, so I now have another cousin (I think he’s my second cousin).

I couldn’t believe the news! Same for when he announced that he was getting married!!

Because for as long as I can remember, he always had a girlfriend. Every time my family would visit LA he would tell us about another new girl. Not that he was a player, but I guess he was just doing what most people in their 20’s do, have a lot of relationships.

However, I always wondered if all of this was going to stop. When his wife entered the picture and I met her, in the back of my mind I thought that she was just going to be another ex.

Thankfully not.

I’m excited to meet the baby after he’s had all of his shots, and seeing my cousin in a new role as a dad.

Self-Improvement

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(Haven’t posted here since February?!?)

I’m sorry.

I’ve been on a self-improvement kick lately, reading self-help blogs and purchasing a few books on everything from career to life in general. It’s an exciting time for me!

One of the biggest hurdles in my life is my inability to handle stress, and be anxious and worried (I talked about this once or twice on the blog). My therapist has helped me compile a list of ways to handle these, and I coupled that with the book Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a worrier like me, and/or has anxiety. Whenever I feel anxious, I pick up the book, flip to one of the many tags I placed on its pages, and try a strategy. Examples are meditation, deep breathing, and distracting yourself.

I’ve also been reading the blog zen habits.

What are some self-help books/blogs that you recommend? And have you put any of the teachings into practice? Did you notice a difference in your life?

Reasons He Hasn’t Texted Back

I’m not an expert on the male species, but these are just the MANY reasons why a guy wouldn’t reply to a girl’s text.

  • He’s busy
  • He’s deliberately stalling, with the motivation to make you feel as anxious a wreck as possible. He might wait an entire 24-hours to respond to your “hey, what’s up?” because he has a plan. And it usually works…until he responds, and the urge to talk to him fades.
  • Maybe the text needed no response? Possible.
  • He kept his phone on silent
  • He deleted your number, so you’re now “unknown person” and he doesn’t answer texts from strangers.
  • Seeing your name appear on his screen made him so excited that he died from happiness.
  • He doesn’t know what to say
  • You disgust him
  • He’s. Moved. On. (The worst reason on this list)