Monthly Archives: March 2008

Persistent Sucker

The pain in my hand/wrist/arm came back. :( Noticed my arm swelling on Sunday and then the pain reared it’s ugly head on Monday. Back to the doc I went and got sent to get x-rays to make sure nothing was missed. So I’ve had to wear a wrist brace on my left hand for this week and let me tell you it makes typing on the computer extremely hard! We shall see what is going to happen on my next follow up.

This going to make my personal training at the gym a bit harder. I start next week! Time to suck it up and kick some butt! Or will my trainer be the one doing the butt kicking?

Before I get super super serious though, I will have one last hurrah with our anniversary food this weekend. Can someone tell me why the heck it is so hard to find a good bakery that makes yummy cakes and desserts? Maybe Riverside just isn’t hip enough, but I found it really difficult. I just wanted a simple small cake with Bavarian cream and fresh strawberries. If not that, then maybe some spectacularly indulgent individual sized dessert. There is a bakery down the street from us which does make some really neat looking wedding cakes, but the desserts we’ve had there were not all that great and just way too sweet. Then I found a place that I thought would surely be able to accommodate me if the owner was previously a hotel pastry chef. But no…they only do mousse filling and said they could do strawberries at my own risk of them not being sour because it was not yet “in season”. Should I just buy strawberries to supply to you too? And their display case just had cookies and scone type stuff. :( Guess I was spoiled by the Asian bakeries in LA that had sooo many choices. To think I used to be sick of the Chinese birthday cakes with strawberries and whipped cream! What I wouldn’t give for one right now. So I’m turning to Trader Joe’s whose desserts are frozen, but have never let me down. I was hoping they had the creme brulee framboise in stock that they’ve got me hooked on, but no dice. (Seriously look for it if you have a TJ’s near you. Creme brulee with raspberries made and imported from France in reusable ramekins!) Instead I went for their opera cake which I’ve been eying for some time but was too decadent to buy just because. Can’t wait to try it!

Hideaway

Maybe I will find time to write about China before our anniversary? :) I’ve been working like crazy since I’ve been back last month and I’m not quite sure when things will lighten up. But it’s what I signed up for…I wanted this position. I know though that at some point, I’ve got to step aside and think of myself personally. Jason is rather good at reminding me to stop working so damn much!

For our anniversary we are going away. Not terribly far, but far removed enough from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Our anniversary is on a Monday and I’ve drained all my vacation hours on China, so we celebrating the weekend prior. Me…not working on a weekend! I’ve rented us a little cabin up in Idyllwild.

Cute and charming, yes? :) It’s got a fireplace, whirlpool tub, and a private deck to stargaze. I’ll be picking up and packing with us some food at a great local Chinese restaurant to relive our yummy wedding banquet food. Eating fancy shmancy crab out in the woods away from civilization…can’t beat that!

Almost normal

Thanks everyone for your concerns. :) My follow up with the doctor went as well as it could. All the lab work came back without any concerns. No signs of arthritis, thyroid problems, or anemia. Triglycerides looked great. My glucose was a tinge above normal, but nothing to be concerned about and would surely go down if I watched my carbs and got things going with my personal trainer.

The only thing was that my blood pressure was on the high side. 150 over 90 this time. Good grief! So I’m on this water pill now that should get rid of any extra water in my system and bring it down. Took one dose yesterday and they aren’t kidding around with the side effects. Woke up twice in the middle of the night and woke up 3 lbs less of water. :-O Made me dizzy all day today though. And I get to stay on this for five months! I suppose I can’t complain, it is better than being put on meds for high blood pressure.

On a different note, I can’t believe our one year anniversary is coming up so soon!!!!

Aching

I wanted to blog last week about China, really I did! Unfortunately I’ve had a bit of some health issues. I woke up last Monday morning with pain in both of my hands. With rest, the pain went away and I made an appointment for this week for a physical and to get it checked out should it continue. Went to work the day after just fine, but as the afternoon came to a close, the pain came back. In my joints, wrists, and arms. Jason also said that my arm looked a bit swollen.

I squeezed an appointment last Wednesday with the doctor and things are looking abnormal and not good. My blood pressure was high…130 over 100! It has always been spot on normal. My hands and arms have signs of swelling and slightly so in my legs. I am hoping the swelling and pain caused the spike in my blood pressure. So lots of blood drawn the next day for lab work from arthritis to hypertension to thyroid problems and everything else in between.

As of today, I feel pretty much normal again. The pain has gone away for the most part other than the usual twinge here and there from working on the computer all day. I just hope that my blood pressure has gone back down. I tried to use one of those free monitors at Rite Aid but the constriction was beyond insane. I see the doc again tomorrow for my physical and lab results. Here’s hoping that everything checks out okay!