It's been a little while since I blogged. I do look in from time to time but to be honest I don't have the energy very often to engage right now. I think over the past couple of months I've got a little depressed through health worries and lack of direction. Life is quiet, too quiet really and I know I badly need to get back into employment before I turn into a hermit. The problem is with my hysterectomy looming in a couple of weeks I'm not really in the position to get a job right now.
The results of my echocardiogram were finally given yesterday. It appears I have mitral valve regurgitation. I was advised to have checks every 2yrs just to see how it goes and not to worry. Well I don't know about you but personally I find it very hard not to worry when told my blood is travelling the wrong way in my heart! I would be interested to hear if anyone has any experience of this condition as unfortunately I've been left with Google as my only source of information and we all know how dangerous snooping in there can be. I'm not sure what has caused it but the Ra couldn't be ruled out. Who knows, maybe eventually I'll get to discuss this with my rheumatologist as it has been almost a year since I last saw him!
I'm still dieting and have lost 92lbs since January 2012 but it appears to have stalled right now and try as I might the lbs just refuse to budge. I still go to the gym and enjoy weekly spinning classes so my overall fitness is improving. I did increase my classes at the gym but found my Ra protested big time and I had a couple of flares so I've cut back and listen more to my body now. Even though the gym has qualified instructors they just don't seem to understand the nature of our illness. Also on a positive note my hairloss appears to be improving. I'm not sure if the mtx was to blame after all as the improvement seemed to coincide with a drop in my thyroxine dose in January.
I hope you are all keeping well and I'm going to catch up on your blogs over the next couple of days. It's lovely to have this site and all your support in what has been a very difficult year.