March 14th, 2013
Not sure you can tell from the picture, but I thought I would give an update on my swelling/pain. In the picture above is my right hand and right leg. On my right hand, there are weird bumps in addition to finger/knuckle swelling. My ankles are swollen to the size of baseballs.
The positives are…the swelling all over my body has gone down. My calves are starting to feel better which helps with things like walking to warm a bottle. I’ve lost four pounds which I think was water swelling weight. The best news is my blood pressure is down. That finally rules out Pre-Eclampsia. Having that post pregnancy is so rare that my OB said in her 20 years she has never seen anyone with it post-pregnancy.
The bad news is my hands (wrists and fingers) are still swollen and it hurts to carry or hold pumpkin for too long. That is why I’m looking into better carriers. OMG is it hard to lift pumpkin’s car seat! It’s so heavy that I have to use both hands.
But thankfully the pain has died down to a point where I’m not crying every day. I feel like at leaset I can do things with pumpkin now, but I also know when I overdo it because I’ll throb for the rest of the night. But it’s nice to be able to move around with the other moms and dads at gymboree class. But I have to explain when I get up and pick up pumpkin awkwardly that I have arthritis that makes it difficult.
Post-pregnancy arthritis is actually quite common. I’ll be seeing a Rheumatoid Arthritis doctor soon for help with the remaining joint pain/swelling. Right now, I can take Aleve or Advil for the pain/swelling without affecting my breastmilk and Pumpkin. We’ll see what the Dr has to say about my swelling. Hopefully I will find the carrier that works for me so I can pick up pumpkin (as she is getting heavier!) with ease and we can get back to having fun mommy and me time.
April 10th, 2012
I had a great weekend planting and digging. Trying to work on the backyard since we haven’t touched it since we bought the house. I discovered that the sprinklers are all in the wrong place. Particularly if we want to plant some fruit trees. In my mind, I have huge plans for this yard, but the more we can get started and do ourselves, the more money we can save right?
I didn’t do much other than plant some things and dig out one of the many dead planted trees. The ground is so dry and hard where the trees are that it’s pretty difficult to get out. Hopefully Matt can help me another week.
Fast forward to Monday (today) and I’m sore as heck. More than that though…I seem to have triggered an inflammation for my arthritis. My left wrist/hand was so swollen. It looked like it had been stung.
Taking it easy today, most of the swelling is down. Which is great because I refuse to take anything while we’re TTC. In fact, I got a Peak on the monitor, so there is no way I was going to take anything since we’ll be chasing down that egg today and tomorrow. Funny thing is, I was bummed about possibly not being able to do Cardio Barre on Tuesday. Which says something since I’m actually looking forward to working out.
I’m going to try working out tomorrow, but we’ll see if I need to take a break. Looks like I pushed myself too far. Since I haven’t had an inflammation in so long, I thought I was okay. Guess it teaches me to keep things in perspective. To appreciate how much more I can do lately, but to never think it won’t come back.
Back to resting and kicking butt starting…tomorrow. haha
January 28th, 2012
A couple weeks ago I checked out the YMCA with my mom. The main reason was so we can do water aerobics together. After a couple of guest classes (I took an additional Zumba class) we both decided not to join because it was so disorganized and just not fun. Definitely didn’t get any type of work out from it.
Yesterday I visited a gym by me. Nice enough, although a little small. The classes are not kind to my schedule. I would definitely have to work out in the morning or go into work really early and leave early to attend. I took the water aerobics class today and it was definitely more power driven than dance driven which was okay, just not as fun. But the class was definitely organized, with music, kindof warm pool, and equipment.
Other classes I would want to take there is cardio kickboxing and zumba. I even bought these amazing Reebok Zumba shoes.
I could sign up tomorrow. That way I get the 0 enrollment fee and just pay first and last month. Their system is monthly membership, and I can put it on hold without penalty if there is a time when I am pregnant and can’t work out.
All these things are awesome. But even after one class, I can feel my ankles swelling. I feel my inflammatory arthritis taking over my body. It’s a little hard to explain, but everything just starts to get stiffer as the wave comes over. The cold weather definitely does not help.
When my arthritis acts up, I can barely walk. In fact today after class I was limping. Every step becomes so painful I have to give it everything to not give up. I feel so awkward in my body and angry. Angry that it won’t let me do the things I want to. Angry that I have to be surprised when I can make it through a day of walking through Disneyland without crying. If I stand in one place for 10 minutes, that first step after is likely to be painful.
I can’t take any treatment. Not while we’re trying to have kids. So what can I do? I’m hoping that working out, eating healthier and losing weight will help. But how can I do that, if I can barely get through a class? If I can barely make it to the parking lot where my car is?
Do I join, with full intentions of trying? Or do I give up?