Posted by: Jeannie | October 11, 2010

What’s up?!

After following the landlord’s advice of calling the police every night that the upstairs neighbor blasts her music or has one of her middle of the night screaming matches, something that had to be done 4 out of the 7 nights of the week before last, she finally met me at my car one afternoon telling me to stop calling the cops on her before “I” managed to get her evicted.  She sees my calling the police as what’s causing her problems rather than the idea that “quiet hours” start at 10 around here or that her neighbors don’t appreciate her choosing to have screaming and cussing matches at 4am.  However, following the landlord’s advice does seem to have finally calmed down the brewing tempers and stopped the midnight, 1am, 2am, 3 and 4am rock concerts from above.

Katie will be 4-months-old in one more week.  She’s growing like crazy and already 20 inches from shoulders to rump; she definitely has much more of the Beagle in her than the Chihuahua!  She runs faster than any dog I’ve ever seen and her energy seems almost unending.  She makes the Energizer Bunny look like he’s crawling!  And, great news, I think she’s mostly broken from biting everyone who tries to play with her.  Now, we’re working on the issue of her jumping up on people.

Yesterday afternoon pain in my right shoulder got started up, there was swelling around the joint, and I gradually lost how much range of movement that I had with it before the pain reached the point of being intolerable.  I tried to go to bed around 11pm but was waking every 15-20 minutes from the time I went to bed until a little before 3am.  By then, I was down to about 2-3 inches of forward or side-ways arm movement and gave in and went to the emergency room.  After aspirating fluid from around the shoulder joint and injecting a corticosteroid shot as deeply into the joint as the doctor was able to get it, I was told the rheumatoid arthritis is no longer in remission and it has now decided to attack my shoulders along with my feet, knees, hands, and elbows that the RA has been going after for the last 10 years now.

My wrist replacement from last May is continuing to heal extremely well!  My next appointment with the surgeon is on the 18th for another followup and more x-rays.

I’m finally finished with the physical therapy for both my knee (which was injured in the T-bone collision last April) and also for the wrist replacement.  I’ve been prescribed a knee stabilizer to use when my knee is acting up and there seems to be nothing more that the doctors can do.  My knee is as good as they say it’s going to be.  I am stuck with the instability; thankfully the brace is seeming to be making a difference with it though.  The lawyer is currently gathering financial and medical records from the six medical places that have treated me over the last 6 months and are working on a settlement amount.

I’m in a transition period right now with counselors.  My problems with trust are making this a difficult adjustment.  We’re currently working on my struggles with emotional dysregulation.




  1. We will be praying for the RA to go away!

    You didn’t say anything about your braces…did they come off??

  2. Yes, they did! Thank you for the prayers!

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