My wound still isn't showing much progress. It was looking bigger. Now it's back to how it was a few weeks ago. Honestly, we haven't made
significant progress since Thanksgiving-ish, which is disappointing. I am still trying to drink protein shakes every day, since my eating is still kinda spotty at times. My joints are doing fantastic! I have had a little bit of stiffness for the past few days, but overall, they are the best they've been in MONTHS. Yay! *happy dance, which I can now actually DO, since I'm not stiff*
I also accidentally took extra steroids on Monday. I know, stupid. I have a really good system for taking meds so that this doesn't happen...I just didn't follow it on Monday. Oops. Anyways, my heart stopped racing, I stopped shaking, I had way less pain overall, and I felt really good. Interesting.
Endo Doc finally returned my call on Wednesday this week, while I was still feeling good from the extra steroids.
She said that if my heart rate was that high that I should come in for IV fluids or go to the ER.
Um, if it is that serious, why did it take her a week to get back to me?!? Anyhow... with the extra steroids still in my system, I was fine. I am supposed to take my blood pressure and pulse daily in both a seated and standing position. If the heart rate goes up 15-20 beats per minute when I stand, that means it's time for medical intervention.
She thinks that the symptoms I've been experiencing for the past few weeks are fallout from the stress my body was under during the arthritis flare. So, in the future, I will need to take extra steroids whenever I flare, as well as any time I get sick - even with a cold. Hopefully, this will prevent me from having the adrenal issues I've been fighting for the past few weeks. She hoped that the one day of extra steroids would be enough to get my body back on track...
|This is exactly what I look like |
when I'm downing Gatorade
So that's the beat on what's going on with me! I think I may need to go up on my steroids for a while to get my body back in equilibrium - and get my heart rate to stay down! I am thankful that God is in control of this (and every) situation. I hope that things settle down very soon...without needing to get IV fluids.