Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's been a terrific week

Wow- what a week it has been.  I was given a promotion- which is wonderful news! Part of that promotion means that next week I head to Orlando for an annual manager's meeting.  I love that trip.  Last time I went I met wonderful people and I learned so much! Even though I don't have a lot of time to prepare-and will miss my honey and my puppies- I am really looking forward to it.

 I met the gastroenterologist who did a thorough exam.  She told me she was not pulling me off the MTX until she sees what is going on and sent me for blood tests.  Eight vials later and I think they tested me for everything but a DNA match to the Lindberg mystery.  The next morning I had to go back to the hospital for an ultrasound.  I wish I could tell what those pictures meant but they really are just a blob to me.  When I get back I am sure I will have test results but - now for the glimmer of hope- they called me while I was in for the ultrasound and told me to stop taking my Flexeril immediately.  It seems that it can cause the elevation in liver enzymes that I have been experiencing!  While my Fibromyalgia is a pain (literally) I can live without that medication.  If it is the solution that will allow me to stay on methotrexate- I will gladly give it up. 
If the ultrasound comes back clear- which she suspects it will- the next step will be a biopsy of the liver.  They will take a couple of small samples to see if it is just "injured" or if it has progressed to diseased.  The doctor feels we are just dealing with an injury. 

Besides my wonderful promotion- and my trip to Florida- what I am thankful for is that I have two wonderful specialists who are conservative in their treatment of me and my disease(s).  More- I am thankful for the outpouring of support I have received from my friends and family for the medical issues.  But the thing I am most thankful for this week- is the number of people who believe in me (even when I am feeling insecure) and who were genuinely happy for my promotion.  Colleagues, friends and family who were proud of me and who have faith that I can do this job.  That gives me the inner strength that I need to tackle this all at once. 

5 comments:

MissDazey said...

Have a great time in FL. I do wish you and Kelly could meet. I know you are on a tight schedule though.

rheumablog said...

Congratulations on the promotion, Jules! You've worked very hard and boy, do you deserve it. Attagrrrrl.

Also glad to hear your docs are working fast and are right on top of things, liver-wise. I hope you can keep taking MTX, since it seems to work so well against your RA.

Feel good and have a nice Sunday. Don't forget to rest... :o)
-Wren

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Living It, Loving It said...

Congratulations!!!

rheumablog said...

Big congratulations on the promotion! Of COURSE you can do the job -- you've already proven it, and it's fantastic that you'll be paid more for what you do. On the health front, my fingers are crossed that there's no damage whatever, and that the Flexeril was the culprit. Have a wonderful time in Florida. Enjoy yourself and soak up the warmth.
-Wren