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Monday, January 19, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

Isn't it great to have a day off from work and spend the entire time in the doctor's office and a blood lab? Isn't it just lovely to find out that your horrific intestinal bug of a week ago was actually salmonella poisoning from STUPID PEANUT BUTTER CRACKERS????

But, doesn't it just TAKE THE CAKE to then find out you just happen to be one of a small minority of people who contract an AUTOIMMUNE disease from salmonella ???

Yup. Found out today, what I had suspected. I have developed Reiter's Syndrome: a lovely consolation prize from my recent bout of salmonella poisoning. I wouldn't mind if this were temporary, but it is a chronic, come-and-go, lifelong thing. Yippee!

Anyway, the doctor was nice enough to NOT order a joint fluid aspiration (very painful.) Instead I get to start visiting a rheumatoid arthritis specialist. Reiter's is very similar to RA and he's supposed to help me figure out how to manage it and deal with the pain.

Oh Happy Day!

(And no, I'm not telling Anastasia. And if you are one of the few who read my blog AND know us, please don't share this info with her. She gets freaked when I get a splinter, never mind some chronic thingamajig...)So....prayers? Sympathy? Extra strength advil? Give me what you've got people...lol!


  1. Oh my goodness! I've been hearing about the outbreak all over the news. I hope you feel better soon.

  2. My stars Keri! This is not good. I am so sorry.
    Sending some energy your way!

  3. Aw, Man!
    So sorry to hear about your new condition. Yuck. As if you haven't enough, right?!?
    Sending you all my well wishes and positive thoughts!
    Be well, chickie!

  4. That's just awful! Sending you lots of (((hugs))) and prayers. xXx

  5. Kerimama,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. Over 25 years ago, I developed symtoms of RA as an autoimmune response to a flu shot. It took 10 to 11 months, but gradually all of the RA symptoms disappated. I hope this happens to you as well!
    Sending you prayers and support across the miles.

  6. Anonymous9:57 PM

    Good lord - I'm so sorry to hear about this. If there is anything I can do for you please don't hesitate to ask, really! If you need someone to walk your dogs, help with meals, hang out with Nastia, anything, just let me know. I recently got a new puppy myself (4 3/4 lbs), so Nastia and your dogs might like to have a play date. Take it easy, and if are ever in pain and need a ride to a doctor please don't hesitate to ask. Sending my prayers, Rachel

  7. Anonymous10:34 PM

    I am so sorry! You have my sympathy..


  8. Yikes! Im going to go google that!!


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