No, Baby C. hasn't quite arrived, but we're all beginning to get excited and anxious for his entry into the world in the next couple of weeks. Kerry and Hilary found a house in Olive Branch, Mississippi a couple of weeks ago, and are hoping to close before next weekend so that they can get things all moved in before his arrival. Kerry started his new job last Tuesday, so in the meantime Hilary is a 'pampered, pregnant princess' (her words) living in a hotel room.
And I am busy trying to finish up a few things for his nursery. What a fun time I've had this past week finishing these coordinating items: 2 large receiving blankets, 2 changing pad covers, 2 burp pads, and 1 simple little flannel quilt. Items still on the agenda to make: Stars and moon wall hangings, and 2 armchair caddies for Mom and Dad's use.
The book manuscript was shipped to Good Books, Inc. the week before last. I was released from Physical Therapy on Wednesday. I'm beginning too feel freer and better than I have in a long time.
I visited a rheumatologist for the first time three week's ago. His diagnosis: inflammatory degenerative arthritis. He took me off of my long term usage of Celebrex due to continuing kidney damage, and prescribed a new rub-on nonsteroidal gel. The thinking is that it will have a similar effect on the affected joints with much less systemic side effects, and so far it seems to be working. It doesn't work quite as quickly or as effectively, but I can tell a difference when I use it. I've also started investigating diet, exercise, and herbal supplements. Conclusion: Don't eat red meat, processed meats like cold cuts and sausage, sugar, white flour products, Sonic cherry-cokes, and nightshade family vegetables: Tomatoes, potatoes, egg plant, and fewer servings of dairy products. I simply can't give up my morning milk, and I need the calcium. Well, guess what I've always eaten to excess and dearly love to eat: Sausage, ham, any kind or pork, rare beef steak, Italian pasta dishes, tomatoes in any and all form, garlic mashed potatoes, every kind of cheese known to man, and baked goods. Guess I've been feeding the inflammatory process with every bite.
Things I need to eat more of: fish at least 3 times a week, especially salmon, (I really do love salmon!) walnuts but not too many because they are high in fat and calories, flax seed, lots of vegetables and fruits in the raw state whenever possible, whole grain products, free-range, natural chicken, omega-3 enriched eggs, no caffeine, and no sugar to excess.
Obesity is also a big factor. I've returned to the rec center's swimming pool, and am trying to exercise in the water at least 5 hours a week, and have managed to lose about a pound a week since I seriously started counting calories, eating better and exercising for real. Since I still cannot walk more than a few blocks without pain, the water will be my best choice for now.