I know it's been quite a spell since I posted anything but that has been largely due to my being rather offline for the month of September due to traveling to not only the South of France, but more recently, to my precious Canada in the Rocky Mountains.
Here's a snap of the view just a short hike from my folks' doorstep, SUPA-NATCH!
This as one could imagine, kinda put a back-of-the-mind wet blanket on the whole trip what with the simmering worry about it and that if I had it, how I'd handle the meds commonly used to treat it--which are NOT kidney-friendly.
So yesterday, I had the scan done and MUCH TO MY UTTER JOY, the results were totally normal! Sure I may have major joint pains daily but they are so wonderfully NOT from osteoporosis!
HAD to share that with you all here.
Also wanted to share how the two week trip to Canada actually went, for anyone out there in a similar medical boat wanting to travel but at the same time, wary of the stress of it all.
In a nutshell, it all went much better than I had anticipated. And yes, I wore a mask for the duration of both trans-Atlantic flights which I was extra-glad for doing, as sitting right behind us was a very loud whooping-type cougher who darned near puked after each attack. And she by the sounds of it all wasn't even covering her sputtering mouth. Ewwwww....
To make these travels easier and after running it by my doc, I decided not to wean down from Prednisone that month to minimize the pains and fatigue and simply give me more chi to be able to enjoy myself with so many missed friends and family members.
It all went off without a hitch too. K, with a couple of evenings that were rather hard, which I chalked up to jetlag and simple travel stress and I bounced back the next day each time.
And just BEING with so many nears and dears whom I have missed sooooo much over this past challenging, cloistered year was medicine in and of itself, I'm sure. Not to mention that fresh, clean and wonderful mountain air. Here's another shot I took on a different hike out with P in that paradise:
Hoping HARD that it won't as that would mean my having to, (and just after getting those foods back in rotation), start to further limit high-k sources like: beans, chick peas, nuts, dark leafy greens, etc.
Hoping too that it won't steal even more of my voice on a near daily basis either. Still not sure about all that as it's not every day and not always the same hoarseness.
To be sure, my Neph has prescribed a trip to an ear/nose/throat specialist, who will hopefully be able to iron that out. It might just be allergies, though I've never had any and the hoarseness came on when I started taking those BP meds so--we'll seeee...
So voila, a long over due post that will hopefully inspire fellow paranoid MPA-er's and other immuno-suppressed people to travel if they so choose.
Tomorrow I'll have my monthly blood and urine test results back to see just how the upping of BP meds has affected my potassium levels. And how my waning lymphocytes are doing too.
Now, time for another lie down on my brand new, nice and large heating pad that arrived the very day I returned home from Canada. Yay.
Have a sweet day, All,