Good morning to you! How have you been? Are you almost ready for Christmas? Around here it's been a little full in the days with running around but I continue to find my pockets of peace whenever I sit down and knit. I'm grateful for that always. The house is decorated and most of the shopping is done. I finished my Christmas gift knitting (yay).
I saw my new rheumatologist again earlier this week - I adore her immensely, she is kind, funny and oh so knowledgeable. After a multitude of blood tests and asking questions I've never ever been asked before by any of my previous arthritis doctors (the questions were long and mighty), she has diagnosed me with Sjogren's Syndrome. I first presented arthritis symptoms in 1997 but was never in a specific category. I was told back then I did mostly rheumatoid arthritis and a little bit of lupus. Back then the blood tests weren't specific either compared to current bloodwork being done.
This new doctor is switching my medicines over a long period of time (3-6 months). So I've started a new medicine and will see her in three months to start decreasing the old medicine. I feel a sense of relief and wonder and above all clarity. I am not a medical mystery anymore I guess. The new medicine might help with some of my current symptoms and that is something to be excited about.
This doesn't change much in my day to day life. I continue to exercise and do my very best to avoid any type of arthritis flare. I've got my life in balance for the most part (don't sit too much, exercise too much or knit too much, rest when your body says rest).
I took some photos of my current decorating in the new house - I like how simple everything is - the days leading up to Christmas are the best. After Christmas Day I'll be fighting the itch to put everything away, I force myself to wait until New Year's Day. Holly has been behaving when it comes to respecting the two indoor Christmas trees, she hasn't knocked a single ornament off nor has she brought down a tree like she did three years ago.
Below is NOT a Christmas gift but a replacement to a Christmas gift for my son in law who lost his favorite hat that I made for him two weeks ago. I am thrilled the first hat was loved and am honored to be knitting him another one.