Saturday, February 23, 2019

This is just a documentation.

Friday evening, 2/22/2019. I had a really bad attack of Raynaud's in the fingertips of my hands. My toes followed but not as bad. It only lasted in my toes for a little bit because I was walking around at the time. I thought about that so I tried to bring my fingers back to normal by putting them under warm and then hot water. It didn't work. So I took a hot shower to get my blood warm and circulating. That didn't work. So I started to wring my hands and open and close my hands into clenched fists. That seemed to work although my fingers were still cold and deathly white. I finally got my fingers back to normal in color but they still hurt like hell. I also noticed my whole body started to feel cold. I just took my usual night time meds and went to sleep earlier than I usually do. I also wore wool sox on my hands and feet. It seemed to work. I'll have to remember that. Right now, there is some pain if I grab anything like my coffee mug and my fingers are slightly cold.  
Info on Raynaud's, when the fingers and/or toes get really ice cold and turn alarmingly white then blue then sometimes purple and then back to their normal color. It feels like if you are outside on an icy cold day and frostbite is setting in on your fingers. There is also a great deal of pain in the fingers and the pain travels up the arms or legs if toes are involved. Cold, icy tingling feeling. Lots of pain involved. When I had my first attack I thought it was brought on from smoking. I used to get this problem all the time when I was in my mid 30's. Noting I must have started my MCTD when I was in my mid 30's. Had many problems with Raynaud's in my hands, tiredness, joint pains, back pain, etc. most likely from Lupus. Was never diagnosed until 64 years of age.
Raynaud's is caused when the blood flow to the fingertips or toes is either cut off completely or is partially blocked by constricting (vasospasm) blood vessels. It hurts because they are very cold and almost nothing I can do will stop it from happening. It just know the cold is one trigger so far. I will have to be more aware of other triggers in the future. I do know what to do to get my digits back to normal now and what to do if I feel like an attack is coming on. Clinching the hands and toes seems to force better circulation. Then there is wearing of wool socks on my hands and feet during the cold weather. It will keep the cold air from triggering another attack. It's just the pain afterward that I hate the most. I can't seem to get rid of it. It travels right up my arms and legs and the pain stays in my hands.
Raynaud's is a syndrome in itself or it can be part of Lupus (MCTD). It can be caused by high blood pressure, Sclaraderma, arthritis, smoking, cold weather, stress, etc. Check here for info via Mayo Clinic.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Just a Short Mess of Words

Well, the repair guy came to check the refrigerator on Tuesday and he said there was a small leak in the coils and it was leaking freon. He showed me that the coils in the freezer back panel should be covered in frost. It was only 1/3 covered in frost. the bottom part was frostless. it would cost us between $400 to $500 just to replace the freon coils. Maybe another $200 for labor and the freon replacement. Well, Fuckit. The fridge is close to 15 years old. We bought it at Sears in the spring of the year after we were married. It's a Kenmore and it lasted longer than we figured it would. So David went and bought another Kenmore at the Sears web site and it will be delivered here sometime around 3pm., we hope. This one is a freezer on the top and fridge on the bottom. Old school style the way I like it. More room. I hate side-by-side refrigerator-freezers. So dinky in the room area on the fridge side. The old fridge is still working but it's slowly dying. As long as we keep the doors closed and keep activity into it down, the thing will keep the butter, cheese, and milk cold. 
David is home today. He has 2 different doctors appointments and then hopefully we will get that text from Sears for the new fridge. He said he will pick it up on his way home if he is at the doctor's office. So not much going on right now. It's awkward for Lucy because she isn't used to David being home in the middle of the week. I'm guessing she thinks it's Saturday. The poor little puppy is so confused. She is sleeping next to me on the sofa while I'm blogging right now. I can hear her little snores from under the blanket. She sounds like a congested baby sleeping.
Well, I have some laundry to get to. It isn't gonna wash itself. Y'all have a magical day.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

It's a Shitty Day in The Neighborhood

Today is a dreary wet day. It's cold and drizzling. I really didn't want to get out of bed but I have to do it. David FINALLY called a repairman to come and fix the refrigerator this morning. The repair guy will be by sometime between 2 and 4pm or earlier if someone cancels. 
Sunday evening I noticed the freezer side wasn't freezing anymore. I took off the front grill and actually cleaned underneath the fridge. It was clean, no dust bunnies or buildup. David said I was imagining things and that the freezer side was working just fine. Yeah, like I imagine chicken breasts that I newly freezer bagged ain't freezing or butter that I keep in there is going soft.  Right. So I moved everything into the little freezer that I keep for bodies like my husband's and began cleaning the inside, which needed to be done anyway. I haven't cleaned the inside of it since I had my first knee surgery back in 2011. I left a used plastic bottle with a little bit of water inside the freezer to check if it was working or not. I checked the bottle an hour later and it was just cooled water nothing more. So, that is what is going on now. I'm just waiting for the repair guy to call and listening to the rain falling.
I'm glad all of you liked the Monty Python "Bigus Dickus" skit from Life of Brian. I know my brother loves it when I play anything on my blog that is MP. I'm also guessing that Debra and I were on the same wavelength yesterday because she posted the Brain Hurt short from MP. Brilliant minds do think alike.
OMG! I want to go back to bed but I have things to do. I feel like warmed over shit. Please don't imagine that. It isn't pretty. I feel as if every muscle in my body is screaming for a vacation in the Bahamas. Oh, that would be so nice but I can't expose my skin to the sun. FUCKIT! I hate this disease! Anyone know of a body repair shop that makes house calls? I need a replacement from the head down.
Well, Y'all have a magical day.
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