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Stumbling Blocks...

As I previously state PT has been a struggle. It's been almost 2 months since I started and I haven't gotten very but at my PT pointed out today was only my 5 visit and at least 2 of them where washes due to other health issues.

I did have to call my Rheumy's office since I was supposed to call a month in...oops. She decided I need to have joint ultrasounds, which I got done today. If they don't show anything I am being sent to MRI, but I am not sure for which joints because having 4 MRIs doesn't sound right. Either way I do not want MRIs, my joints have been through a lot so there is a good chance they might show something but will it show the actual source of the issues? Definitely going to be pushing spending more time in PT.

Today in PT I was informed that my left glute is not firing. I shouldn't be surprised, this happened to my quad after my knee surgery, but that was only 2 weeks later, not almost 2 years. So basically most of my current joint problems w…

An Open Letter To My High School Gym Teacher

Dear Senior Year Gym Teacher,

We only met briefly on the first day of the semester, then for the next third of it the seniors went to health class during the gym period. Our next encounter was at a meeting with my parents and all my other teachers as well as an administrator about my upcoming absences due to a hip surgery. You were annoyed to be there clearly. Well I was annoyed to be missing part of my senior year due to surgery but if your attitude stopped there I would have been okay.

After the seniors came back from health you asked anyone who had a doctor's note to come speak to you. I was very proud to walk over without the assistance of crutches for the first time in five weeks, a whole week sooner than predicted. The nurse had already emailed you informing you of my inability to participate in class. You asked me if I exercised outside of class, apparently you were unimpressed with my new found ability to walk. "Yes," I responded with a smile, "I go to physi…

When I Feel Like I am Banging My Head Against the Wall

In the past couple months of my life I have felt like I have been trying so to get my health in order but the harder I try the worse it goes. At my last rheumatologist appointment about 2 months ago between my knee pain and lost ROM in my left hip we decided maybe it was time to try PT again.

I was ready to hit these problems head on. Prepared to make PT work. It HAD to work. The other options weren't pretty. If it didn't I would probably be sent for a knee ultrasound (that isn't the bad part, and then either Prednisone (a.k.a. Satin's Tic-Tacs) or even worse sent back to ortho. Last time I saw my ortho he told me to come back when I was ready for knee surgery.

I went to my PT evaluation hopeful. I soon found out my PT also had a hip scope for FAI. Everything seemed to be going well. I made a lovely sticker chart to keep track of ding my home exercises everyday. It had glitter! And owl stickers to go on it! What more do I need to keep me on track?
My second appointmen…

Surviving the Semester

Every semester I seem to be muddling through at the end. In fact this trend pre-dates my college career. December of senior year I was diagnosed with Uveitis. Two days after graduation I had hip surgery, meaning the two weeks before that I was medication less, not pretty. Then in college I was diagnosed with Celiac about 5 days before my first set of finals. Spring of last year the week before finals was when erythromycin stopped working and my downward spiral towards the feeding tube began. This past fall semester my POTS was so bad during finals I thought I was going to pass out during my math final, I lasted until 2 hours after it. In the ER I found out I at least got a 90% on the final and the doctor high fived me. 
So in true Joan fashion something had to go wrong in the past two weeks of my life and sure enough something did. Unlike in the past I was much more blindsided by it. With past finals weeks the health problems that have come up were not new, this go around was differe…