It Is So Cold

Daisy sleeping with a full tummy after breakfast.
@simone10 (21664)
Louisville, Kentucky
November 10, 2015 6:53am CST
I woke up this morning to temps of 36 degrees. What a shock to my system as I wasn't expecting that at all. This is the lowest it's been so far this season. I have a doctor's appointment this morning at 9am and my brother is going with me. It's the same rheumatologist that I went to a couple of months ago. I know my primary doctor told me not to go back to him because he didn't seem to know what he was doing, but rheumatologists are scarce where we live. I haven't been able to find another one so far and I do have certain medications that I need that he prescribes for me. I am bringing my brother so that he can first, understand a little more about RA and second, back me up on how bad I have been feeling. I want to be put back on Enbrel as it worked so good for me when I lived in Vegas but this doctor is not convinced I have RA. He thinks every symptom I have is fibromyalgia. I know my body and I don't think he is right. So, there may be a little arguing going on this morning, especially having my brother with me. I just looked down at my leg and I see a lot of blood and the top of my sock is soaked. Evidently when I was feeding Daisy and she jumped on me, she scratched me with her nails as they really need to be cut. So now off I go to tend to the cut and stop the bleeding. I hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
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@marlina (72758)
• Canada
10 Nov 15
Are you on blood thinner?
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
No, I've never been on blood thinners.
• St. Petersburg, Florida
12 Nov 15
Good catch!
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Nov 15
@ThankyouLord yes it is as that is probably what people thought with me bleeding so much. I am on ibuprofen so that could be the reason I bled so much.
@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
10 Nov 15
But aren't there tests for RA? whereas, I don't think there are any definitive tests for fibrymyalgia. Have they done labs, MRIs, blood tests? I don't see how he can diagnose anything without tests.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
The only thing he has done so far is lab work. 1 out of 2 showed RA and he still says I don't have RA. I have been diagnosed by many doctors yet he says I don't have it. My brother nearly lost his temper with this doctor yesterday but didn't. I have to keep going to him until I find another rheumatologist. My brother said he was a quack and for me to see if I can see a doctor in Memphis which is about an hour and a half drive. As for the fibromyalgia, no there aren't any tests for it, only exams for the tender points.
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@Susan2015 (20413)
• United States
10 Nov 15
Hope that you had a decent visit with that doctor. Daisy is a cutie.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
The visit was very discouraging. I pray that I can find another doctor soon.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov 15
I hate it when some Doctors seem to think they know better we might not have a degree but we know our Body and when we have had the illness for years we know For the first time in many Years I have found a great Doctor who actually cares and listens to me Hope all goes well
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@GardenGerty (98195)
• United States
11 Nov 15
You have fought this doctor battle over and over @gabs8513, glad you got a good one.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
Yes, we know our bodies better than they do. He is just so arrogant and insists he is right. I didn't want to press the issue too much because I have to continue to see him until I can find another doctor.
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
11 Nov 15
@GardenGerty Yes GG I have and I am glad too I just wish there was more of them round
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@fawkes62 (1294)
• United States
10 Nov 15
I hope the scratch isn't too bad from Daisy. Hopefully the doctor will listen to you this time. If not, I really hope you are able to find another doctor soon.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
It bled for quite a bit and I had to put a bandaid on it because both of my dogs wanted to lick the cut. Unfortunately the doctor wouldn't listen and now I've really got to find another doctor.
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@fawkes62 (1294)
• United States
12 Nov 15
@simone10 That's too bad about the doctor, I hope you can find someone else that will listen to you.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Nov 15
@fawkes62 So do I. We don't have many doctors to choose from where I live so I will probably have to go to another city close by.
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• Preston, England
10 Nov 15
hope it isn't something serious and also that the blood stops leaking soon. Impressed that you ignored it long enough to type up the news of it first.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
I am so used to Daisy jumping on the back of my legs that I didn't even notice it as it didn't hurt. Then I saw all the blood and didn't know at first where it was coming from.
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• Preston, England
11 Nov 15
@simone10 hope it healed up ok
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Nov 15
@arthurchappell Thanks, it has healed just fine. It just bled for a while which might have something to do with some of the medication I am taking.
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@wetnosedogs (1557)
• United States
10 Nov 15
Have a good day. Hope the doctor will help you.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
No help from the doctor so now I have to get more serious about finding another one.
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@JudyEv (121372)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
@simone10 I hope you manage to find a new doctor. It sounds like you really need to do this.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Nov 15
@JudyEv I really do as this doctor is a quack. I've never run across a doctor like this before, one who can't read an MRI report from the radiologist. My MRI shows I have arthritis in my hip. I have been told this by 3 different doctors. Yet this doctor says I don't have arthritis and when I questioned what the MRI report said, he said it just didn't make sense to him and that I don't have arthritis. Whenever I start to question him more, he changes the subject.
@salonga (27985)
• Philippines
10 Nov 15
Your really have to see a doctor and I pray you will get the needed help and you will be fine.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
Thank you for the prayers. I now have to extend my search.
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@tuttiharris (1342)
• Chattanooga, Tennessee
10 Nov 15
@simone10 (6412), Hope you get some good help from the doctor, and I get those scratches every now and then from my pets and even maybe bump into something and not even know it. We were working down at the church the other night, and my daughter came running over, she said I was bleeding. I remember hitting the chair, but didn't think it brough blood, but it did :;smiles:: so I cleaned it up, put a band-aid on it and I was good to go. :: smiles : I am always bumping into something. Have a great day, be careful out to see the doctor. Love you.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
I wish I had good news about the doctor but I don't. My brother asked a lot of questions and the doctor when around the world and back but never really answered his questions. He says the doctor is arrogant and a quack and he wants me to see if I can find a doctor in Memphis which is about 1 1/2 hours away. Now I have to see which doctors my insurance will pay for in Memphis. I also seem to bump myself a lot and end up with cuts and bruises and most of the time I don't even remember how I got them.
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
10 Nov 15
The big part of the world that doesn't use Fahrenheit is now thinking WOW, sounds great when reading 36 degrees.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
Lol...I only know fahrenheit but didn't think of that.
@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
12 Nov 15
@simone10 ahh yes I wondered .
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Nov 15
@CRanney I will have to make sure that I add fahrenheit from now on.
@jstory07 (66126)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Nov 15
I hope you get the blood all cleaned up.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
The cut bled for a while but now it's fine.
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@ricki_911 (19286)
• Toronto, Ontario
10 Nov 15
I went out this morning and was shaking. It said it was -5C, not ready for this type of weather yet.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
I'm not ready for it either. I know it gets colder where you live than it does here and it just makes me shiver to think about it.
@GreatMartin (4337)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
10 Nov 15
We are having a cold spell today--only a high of 85 degrees!!! Even for us that is hot in November!
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
I doubt if we will see 85 degrees again until the spring.
• United States
10 Nov 15
Oh dear Simone. Not a good day huh. Sorry you have to go to that doc again. Sometimes there is no choices, know what you mean. Sorry to read about your cut too. I hope the day goes somewhat okay for you. It is cold here too supposed to snow later.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
I hated to have to go back to him but some of my medication my primary care doctor won't prescribe so I have to go to him until I find another rheumatologist.
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• United States
15 Nov 15
@simone10 What a nuisance.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Nov 15
@TiarasOceanView It really is but right now I am stuck between a rock and a hard spot.
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@ria1606roy (2684)
• Kolkata, India
13 Nov 15
well, I hope there wasn't much arguing with the doctor this time, and he saw for once what is really bothering you. It's sad that there are no other options other than him for the time being, but I suggest you keep looking I hope the bleeding stopped. Take care!
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Nov 15
Nothing has changed with this doctor and my brother was able to see it first hand. He said he was a quack and wants me to find another doctor.
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• Kolkata, India
15 Nov 15
@simone10 that was the most straightforward opinion of the doctor ever
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Nov 15
@ria1606roy Exactly! I wanted him to see for himself and know that it wasn't just me.
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@LadyDuck (152357)
• Switzerland
10 Nov 15
I hope that everything went well with your doctor. Daisy is so cute in this photo, I am sorry she made your leg bleed.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
The bleeding didn't last too long. I just had to keep both dogs away from it because they could smell the blood and their natural instinct was to lick the cut as that is what they do do themselves. I had to end up putting a bandaid on it.
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@LadyDuck (152357)
• Switzerland
11 Nov 15
@simone10 I am glad it was nothing serious. It is true that the dogs rush to lick the blood.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Nov 15
@LadyDuck No, it wasn't serious. Only a cut from her nails which will be cut this weekend. I don't know why it bled so much unless it was because of some of the medication I am on.
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@garymarsh6 (13610)
• United Kingdom
11 Nov 15
When I saw 36 I thought blimey thats hot (96.8F)! I forget you are talking in Fahrenheit whereas in Europe and many other places we use Centigrade. Vegas is very hot in the summer months I wonder if you miss that? Good luck with your meds!
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
Sorry about that. I have to remember that other countries don't use fahrenheit. No, I don't miss the hot summers in Vegas at all. But I do miss the clear blue skies.
@DeborahDiane (20819)
• Laguna Woods, California
11 Nov 15
Hope you have a good day ... and that it warms up for you!
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
Thanks and it did warm up to around 61 degrees yesterday.
@sofssu (14469)
11 Nov 15
I am hoping and praying that yo will get the help you need. I always pray for my doctors before I go for my appointments.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
Thanks for the prayers. I probably should have done that yesterday. He was not helpful at all but he did order and MRI that I have to have done next week.
@GardenGerty (98195)
• United States
11 Nov 15
We will be waiting to see how your appointment goes. If your primary care thinks this doctor is out of line, maybe he could prescribe the meds you need. The fact that enbrel was effective for you should in itself be a diagnosis.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Nov 15
You would think that because enbrel worked before that it would be proof but he said no. When I asked him why I was better after taking enbrel and he never answered my question directly.