I’m strangely content of late. It’s actually rather nice. I’m keeping up with my obligations and looking forward to my vacation in Alaska next week. As for my health, it’s pretty solid. I’m seeming to get some ADHD coverage from the Wellbutrin I was prescribed for depression, so that’s a plus I’d say. I’m not sure what my current status is diagnosis-wise. If it is Rheumatoid Arthritis it’s the Seronegative type, as the blood work doesn’t really support this as SED rate, Rheumatoid Factor and C-reactive Protein are in the normal range . I have to see a Dermatologist to get a biopsy on one of my nodules. If there are palisading lymphocytes then they are rheumatoid nodules, according to the Rheumatologist. At any rate, I’m not particularly swollen or inflamed right now, at least not badly.
It’s very strange the way my pain and fatigue wax and wane. Most days I feel relatively strong and capable. But some days I flare up and come home feeling like I’ve been beaten by a golf club. As for fatigue, I’m a fairly crazy coffee drinker, but when it hits, no amount of caffeine will move me. I had a day or two that I slept way too much and pretty much felt drunk and disoriented no matter what I did to kick myself into gear. My fatigue and stiffness have mostly been sparing me lately, for which I am grateful. When the fatigue does hit nothing can touch it.
So if not RA, then what? My Mom came with me to my last appointment with the Rheumatologist. At one point she looked confused and said ‘So does he have RA or not?’. He said, ‘I’d bet my car on it but I’m not ready to bet my house.’. Which I presume is doctor-speak for I dunno. We shall see I guess. My flares are erratic and won’t bother me for a decent amount of time in between. I can’t really figure out what aggravates it. I had lots of swollen joints when I first saw my current doctor. That plus nodules which I still have on many knuckles. Also the xrays revealed some erosion. The prednisone helped a lot but steroids are not for long term use. Anyhow, the crucial thing is I’m alright and not feeling sick or sore right now.
On the Metal front life is good. Last show was a bit of a mixed bag. Great bands but too much Metalcore filler. Got to see Brazilian Death Metal Juggernaut Krisiun as well as Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Revocation and SUFFOCATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE DAMNIT! I GOT ROBBED DAMNIT! Oh well. It’s just that they are the primary reason I went to that show. I was sorely disappointed. Seeing Master in a month and DRI in December. Hoping to get my copy of Harald Oimoen’s book signed! Metal Nerd for Life. Aside from that, just doing my thing. Finally decided to quit shaving my head too. Ha!