Category: Health

It’s Been A Long Month So Far

I haven’t posted a thing on the sire since I posted July’s Mish Mash square. While that in itself is not unusual – it has been a busy month for me. Before we really get going let me explain something about myself.

When I was younger my Mom would make me go spend time with her ex (was my step dad at the time) and my Uncle. Being a girl I probably should have been playing with dolls – which I did – but the time I spent with them was when they where working on cars or houses. I was the designated light holder. I was always the type of person to learn by having things explained to me as to what was going on and reading about it. Watching it be done just reinforced what I learned. This being said I was able to rebuild parts in a car (engines, etc) and could repair almost anything non electrical on a house. Over time I was able to do these things on my own but it was hard because of my hands. I’ve had a problem with my hands since I was 15. I kept going until recently. These past few years my hands have prevented me from being industrious (I don’t know if that is the correct word but it’s how I think of it). We have learned that I have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome which is more then likely a side effect of my newly diagnosed Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) according to the neurologist I saw last year. I got medicine for my RA and this past 2 weeks I could be industrious and do something! I was able to replace the kitchen faucet. You might not think this is a big idea but after how I grew up and how I liked to repair my own things this is a huge deal! It made me feel like I was worth something finally after a few years of thinking I was basically worthless. By no means are my hands in any shape to do the amount of work they did before they got really bad but to do something – anything – that I used to be able to do is awesome. Now if my back would stop hurting enough to be comfortable I would be better. My back will never get better from what I have been reading so I try not to think about it.

Most of the month I have been trying to learn how to deal with my back pain. It’s a new pain that won’t go away so I need to learn how to function with it. Some days though I just can’t walk and I have no idea how I even can get out of bed. I have Degenerative Disc Disease. I have gained weight because I can’t do anything most days. And no it’s not because I eat more. Sometimes I force myself to eat as the pain makes me feel nauseous. I eat just enough so my body doesn’t think I am starving it. Starving yourself is not a good thing – your body will stop yourself from shedding fat – just in case you didn’t know that tidbit.

Then we have the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion coming on August 14th. They have announced a simultaneous release around the world so North America gets it August 13th. I have spent the last month getting my toons situated for the xpac. I have decided my death knight Grëtchën & my hunter Ásta will be my ‘mains’. I need one each side as I an bifactional. If they ever let the achievement for number of factions you are exalted with be account wide I would main a hunter on both sides. Grëtchën is exalted with 60 factions and I am not going to go through all that on anyone else. It’s a lot of work and some of those factions I worked on for 10 years off and on. I have achieved 2 things I wanted to this past week as well in game. First after 8 years of running Setthek Halls I finally got the Raven Lord mount. I would literally rage quit some days after running that dungeon on all my toons that could and it wouldn’t drop. It was amazing and I had no idea what to do with myself afterwards. The 2nd thing I accomplished was getting the last class mount. For those who don’t know in Legion each class got a mount that was supposed to represent their class. I decided I needed all 12 class mounts. Last week I finished that. I wanted to get it done before Battle For Azeroth and I did.

I know I haven’t posted about any of my finish objects either since April. Well I think it was April. Either way it’s been awhile. I will do it next month as I plan on posting them on even months. Not much has gotten done either. I have also ordered Herrschners Afghan 8 yarn to finish my 6 baby blanket project I started years ago. I will post about that when it is done. It is somewhat emotional and it has recently occurred to me it no longer matters if it got done. I will get it done though. I am also designing a messenger bag. I have no idea if I will publish the pattern but I have it being written up in case I want to. The next thing ot get published with be August’s Mish Mash square or a 12 inch square I designed in honor of a person I loved as a child. I do have all squares ready for the Mish Mash KCAL. I just need to design the border and it’s done.

It seems I have ended up rambling. The past few days I have been preoccupied with the Cranston Fire in Southern California. Watching to see if it starts coming my way. Where it started was about a half hour away from me up the mountain behind me. I hope it doesn’t come this way as I have never been involved with a fire ever.

Lupus Awareness Pattern – Flutterby Keychain

I designed this butterfly keychain in honor of Lupus Awareness. May is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is a horrible auto-immune disease that usually goes undetected because the symptoms mimic other illnesses. If you would like to know more about Lupus please go to http://lupus.org. If you would like to donate to a good Lupus organization checkout Molly’s Fund at https://www.kaleidoscopefightinglupus.org/.

Flutterby
You can get the pattern for free on the site & on ravelry! http://crochetjessica.com/free-patterns/misc-patterns/flutterby/


NOTES ABOUT COPYRIGHT
If you are wanting to make this to sell for charity for any cause please do. None of the normal copy right stuff I ask is needed for this EXCEPT please don’t claim the pattern as your own. I’d love to see what you have done. You can send me pictures, information, etc via email at crochetjessicadesigns@gmail.com.

It’s Been A Long Few Weeks

These past few weeks have been long for me. I have slept most of the past 2 weeks. If you don’t know I have the photosensitivity side effect of Lupus. if I am in the sun it makes me tired enough to take very long naps. It’s usually the morning sun that gets to me. It hasn’t been this bad in almost a year. It was especially bad last week when I went out at around 7am to do laundry & got home around 10. I slept all day & that night & most of the next day. There is more to it then sleeping. I’m just glad I slept through most of the other parts of what happens when i’m in the sun.

This has made it so I can’t read & do book reviews. Today is the first day I haven’t been out in the sun for a few days so I am hoping I can stay awake today. I got up & decided to try to stay up. So far so good. I have 3 books on netgalley.com to read & review. I will get to that. I feel bad because I like to read books & review them. It is fun. I haven’t even been able to read fanfiction. Before you mention it – yes I was up enough to knit. I told Grace I would make her gloves for her work & I thought it was more important then reading. They where sent off to her yesterday. I also haven’t posted the FO post I said I would do every other month. If I can stay up today I will get that out too. I don’t think I have many things to show but I will keep that up.

If you really want to know how bad it is I haven’t been able to play WOW much. I log on & just fall asleep at my desk. This is the longest I have been up where I could fall asleep & not fallen asleep.

Mom: If you read this I am still going places with you in the morning. I don’t mind. The only time I venture out in public is when I go with you. Even if I just sit in the car while you do your stuff I still want to go. And we need to do laundry still – just maybe not when they open.

Things Need To Be Done!

I am a bit overwhelmed right now. I have many things to do. I have 6 book reviews to do which means I need to read 6 books. This is not normally a problem. This leads to another thing – photosensitivity. Yesterday I finally crashed. I slept around 20 hours yesterday because of the sun. In a previous blog post I discussed all that goes with my sun issue so i won’t repeat myself here. Then Robert broke my tablet last week. I had to order a new one from Dell. I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab A. yes i know it’s not the best but it suits my needs as I only really read on it. I had issues with NetGalley too. The issues with the book downloads are supposed to be fixed so when I can stay up longer then a few hours at a time and I have time I will retry to get the books to work so I can review them. As well as all that I stated Orencia last Tuesday. It has already started working. usually when meds start working right away they don’t last long. I’m hoping they do. I didn’t realize how much I stopped doing things (using my hands) until this past week. If my flare lasts the rest of the week I will have no choice to call the Rheumatologist and get steroids. Not exactly what I want to do. he may also think it was brought on by the Orencia & I may have to stop taking it. One good thing about this hellish week is I am on part 4 of the Arizona CAL – I was on part 2 last week. I will get caught up.

I will get everything caught up & going back to how I had it soonish. A week or two.