November 13, 2014
Thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers......time to start sewing again!
I know it has been a while since I have posted. Many of you know that I have been going through some health issues that have taken me away from my sewing...my peaceful place. I am back and ready to start sewing again.
It has been a whirlwind week. I finally made it to my rheumatology appointment last Wednesday. I was so looking forward to that appointment to finally get some relief from all of the joint pain I was having. Every joint in my body was affected except my elbows. I had trouble walking, sitting, laying. By the end of the afternoon on that Wednesday I was in the hospital. My kidneys had started to fail from the high dose of ibuprofen I was on combined with my being dehydrated. All is good with my kidneys now. My blood work was troubling too. The rheumatologist wanted me to have a consult with hematology/oncology because of my high white blood cell count.
As of this morning, I learned that I have two issues. I indeed have the auto immune disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but they found that I also have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). For a while they did not know if the joint pain was just how I was presenting with the leukemia. This type of leukemia is not usually treated until other symptoms show. I still would not have known about it without the workup I had for the RA, so it was found early. Hematology is running one more test to determine if I should start treatment for the leukemia and rheumatology will decide on their treatment after that so the treatments don't interact.
In the meantime, I am on prednisone and feeling 90% better. Still having trouble with my ankles but that won't keep me from sewing.
I just wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. This online sewing community is so special to me. Your kind words helped me and seeing all of your beautiful projects helped me too!
So....I have orders waiting to complete, a blog to do on the new Chris W Designs bag, and a post to do for Parcel #7 on Nov. 20.
Here is the pile of fabric that has been chosen for all of those things. I better get started!
I always say I don't use enough blues. It looks like it is all blue and black for a while.