Friday, January 15, 2016

My Life Through Someone Else's Eyes

Hello everyone!
I guess this post is more of a philosophical one rather than a decor related one.  This week has been extremely busy and somewhat stressful.  But, I'm now learning to take a breath and "turn the page".  

The first thing that happened, was I went to my GI doctor to discuss going on a biologic medicine.  I had some tests run and have slowly been getting the results back.  It seems that my inflammation levels have gone way down since last month but are still elevated.  I expected that.  Now, I have to decide between which biologic medicine to go with based on the info we received.  So, my question to you is, do you take one of these types of medicines?  Do you like it?  Has it changed your life? I am considering either Remicade or Humira.  

Next, we had a real estate agent come to our house and do a walk through.  He gave us very helpful advice on what we should and should not bother with doing while getting our home ready to sell in the near future.  I was shocked when he said we have very little to do!  I was expecting a long list.  Apparently, I'm a perfectionist and the real estate agent doesn't think that buyers will care about what I see as a problem.  Hmmmm...........  I guess this would explain why I don't really want to buy a used home.  I have always lived in brand new homes.  He said we needed to clean-out our garage and basement, our laundry room, and master bedroom closet.  We will probably have to install some sort of railing on our deck, and repaint our  ceiling in the foyer.  Whaaaaat????????  That's all?  What about the new appliances?  What about the rooms that need to be re-painted?  What about our 20 year old carpet?  I had GREAT plans to improve this year!  Now my husband is shaking his head with a big smile on his face at the money we can save by only doing what we absolutely have to!  

The real estate agent even liked the firewood haphazardly piled in the backyard.  Hello?!  That is messy looking. husband had a big grin on his face.  

We liked the agent (despite the air going out of my sails) so we will choose him when it's time to list.  But, I still believe we will do a few things on my wish list that I had planned on if we decide to stay here for a little while.  He thinks our house will sell fast and one reason is our price point in the area and our location.  Oh Lord, that could mean that we may have to move twice because I will want a house built.  

Next, I had a dental appointment for an emergency crown yesterday. Do you have ANY idea how much I hate going to the dentist?  The only thing that made it half way tolerable was that I enjoyed breathing in the laughing gas.  Bring it on!!!  However, my tooth is still aching a bit today.  It's possible that it may need a root canal if it doesn't start feeling better in a few days.  The dentist said my nerve could be irritated, or.............worst case, infected which means I have to see an endodontic specialist. His x-rays didn't definitively show that I needed a root canal.   Ok, fear factor is rising.  I've never had a root canal.  So, I'm praying that it doesn't come to that.  

And finally, I end on a good note!  I took the plunge and joined a gym.  I used to work out regularly, but got away from it and with getting older and dealing with some health problems, I thought I better get active again.  I met with a trainer and he took my BMI measurement and told me that I was normal.  Whew!  Then, he said if I wanted to lose any weight, 10 lbs less would put me at my healthiest weight for my height.  Yay again!  I worked on resistance training and some cardio and I'm supposed to go 3-4 times a week.  So, now I've got one more thing on my calendar to keep up with these days.  But I think it will give me the energy and better health that I need to do everything else in my life.

So, that is my life through other peoples eyes at the moment.

So, what's going on in your life?  Anything similar to what I'm going through?  Do tell!  

I hope you all have a great weekend!

~ Kelly ~


Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Oh my goodness, what a stressful week! First of all, you KNOW how much I hate the dentist, so I totally empathize with you! Thank goodness for laughing gas! I actually went to an endodontic specialist for a root canal and honestly, it wasn't bad at all! Coming from me, that's a pretty bold statement! Lol! I didn't feel a single thing and even the recovery was totally painless. I had heard horrible things about root canals and it wasn't anything like that. Now having to PAY for it was a different story! Ha!

I don't know anything about those medicines you mentioned, but I hope someone else has some advice for you. It's always good to hear different opinions.

So neat that y'all already have a realtor picked out! My hubby would be ecstatic about not having to do much to the house too. Do you have any idea when you'll list it, or where you want to move? I think you should move to Texas. ;)

Sounds like a great plan with your gym. Once you start working out again, it'll just become part of your weekly to-do's. I work out Sunday through Thursday and take off Friday and Saturday, so I'm a happy camper tonight. :)

Stacey said...

Hey Kelly, you've had a whopper of a week!

I'm with Lisa and don't know a thing about those medications. I'm betting someone will chime in though and give you some good info. Whatever you decide, I hope it helps you.

Somewhere along the line I missed the post that you were thinking of moving. That's exciting! We've only lived in brand new houses too and it sure spoils you.

Keep us posted. :)

Brenda Pruitt said...

Well, good news from the real estate agent! Now you don't have to be stressed. So you will be definitely building?

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I went to the denist today and I might need a root canal too, so unfortunately we have that in common! But, I had one last year and it really wasn't that bad.
I didn't know you were planning on moving. Are you wanting to down size? How fun to get to build a new house!

Judy said...

Several years ago I had to have a total of 4 root canals done over a period of time followed by crowns. I had to go to B'ham for this work and my mom went with me. I was scared to death from all I'd ever heard but I got the laughing gas and never felt a thing. Other than my mouth being a little sore the next day, it wasn't bad at all so I hope that puts your mind at ease a little bit.

I need to get on an exercise program myself and bought some hand/arm weights today....I want to tone up my arms among other things. I might re-join the "Y" too.

Glad you got some relatively good news from your dr. Sorry I can't help with a prescription recommendation though.

I hope we don't sell our home as I've been here 30 years and have done a lot of updating but I'm sure if and when we sell there is some work we have to do, we actually had our handyman come out earlier this past fall but due to his schedule and ours nothing has been done. It's always something around a house though isn't it?

Have a good weekend Kelly!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You've got some big decisions to make, Kelly! Kudos to you for joining a gym! I'm not on any of those medications, but my dad has been on several for his rheumatoid arthritis and they have really improved his quality of life. As a lab tech, I'm still not sold on the newest testing for inflammation that is sent to private labs only. My dad's numbers were high, too, and he's feeling better than he has for years, so it seems like unnecessary testing that's adding stress to his life. That's just my opinion, but I know it's different when you're the patient. I hope whatever you choose helps with your symptoms.

I'm not surprised that your real estate agent said your house is ready to put on the market as is. It's beautiful inside and out!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Anita Diaz said...

Hi Kelly, I didn't know you were selling/building, but wow, how exciting that will be! I can totally relate to the crown issue, but I haven't had nitrous in years, and that is definitely worth going to the dentist for, lol!!

I wanted to mention that my very healthy husband was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, colitis, and several other things at 39. Every joint in his body was inflamed, and his doctor told him since he is a musician (guitarist) that he should look for another career, and they put him on some medication with extreme side effects, I can't remember what, though. Anyway, I talked him into trying Dr. Mark Hyman's auto-immune diet, as he has great success with not only auto-immune, but diabetes, etc. It *totally* reversed the RA. His labs changed drastically and even the digestive issues are under control with no medication. I think it's amazing, and tell everyone I know about it because the side effects of the medication were so much worse than we could have imagined. Worth talking about if you are interested:-) I'm sure you will find what works for you, and that's the most important thing!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Good news about what needs to be done to sell. I'm sure Jimmy is grinning. I am hoping no root canal. I have not had one either. Ryan has twice when he was young. I so need to work out, too. I want to get a small t.v. and put it in the bonus room where the work out stuff is and get back at it or else I'm going to have to pay and workout somewhere.

20 North Ora said...

That's great that you don't have a lot to do to sell your home!! Good news. Sorry about having to decide on a new medicine. That is such a hard choice - especially if you're like me and don't want to take any more than you are already taking. Good luck.

I too have a real phobia about going to the dentist. Makes me a nervous wreck. Good luck there too.


Eilis said...

I've had a root canal. It was not bad at all. Actually, when the dentist did the crown, she thought I didn't need a root canal. A year or two later, an x-ray showed that I did. So they drilled a little hole in the crown and did the root canal through it, and filled in the hole after the root canal.
It's wonderful that your house is so close to being ready to show. That's your reward for all the effort you put into it. Many people don't really think about how their house looks until they do put it on the market.
Glad your taking care of yourself too!

Katie Mansfield said...

I was terrified of getting a root canal but it really didn't hurt. It is gross the afternoon of the procedure though. I'm a little sad that you don't get to replace your appliances. It will be fun building a house, though.

Anonymous said...

I had a root canal and a crown a few years ago. I feared it too since everyone acts like root canals are horrible. Honestly I didn't understand what the big deal was when it was over because I didn't feel anything. If you are really nervous about dental work, seek out a dentist that does sedation. I don't need it, but my dentist offers it. My dentist office also has a tv to watch while they are working and a window in each room so you can distract yourself. These things may make dental work easier if you can find a dentist like that.
You mentioned the realtor was a man. You might want to get a second opinion from a woman. My brother first tried to sell his house via a male realtor who declared his house was fine. Our mother and I kept telling him he needed to do repairs and upgrade things, but he refused since the realtor said not to. Well, he didn't get any offers for the house.

His next realtor was a woman. Boy was he shocked when this woman told him to do everything we told him to do. She was the one who sold his a woman.

Since you have a home that will probably be pitched as a family home, I'd probably play it safe and get the viewpoint from both genders to get a better idea of what both men and women coming into your home think.

Unknown said...

Jeez Kelly, what a week you've had! I'm not familiar with the medications you mentioned. I'm on allergy and asthma medication and I feel much better when I take it. I needed a root canal and crown in my twenties and I was terrified. It wasn't bad, but it did take longer than I expected. Good luck at the gym!! I go about two to three times a week to the Y and walk the trail on the other days. Exercise is easy for me to stick to. But the diet I struggle with. xo

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I've had every possible thing you can imagine done to my mouth. Root canals are not bad... don't understand the hoopla over them. Congrats on joining a gym. I love walking on the track more than anything, I know I can walk at home just as well but there is something about being around people to keep you motivated. I hope you get your meds straightened out and how exciting to think of building a new house. Are you thinking farmhouse?

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Hi kelly, good to hear about what's been going on in your life, even though it's not ALL positive. I'm a littLe out of the loop right now. I didn't know you were planning on building! That's soooooo exciting!!

Root canal is truly no big deal. I've had several after having a car accident and messing up my mouth. It doesn't hurt at all, but it's time consuming.

As for your house, I think most people who care about their homes are a bit more picky. We don't realize the average person doesn't feel the way we do or care about the kinds of things we care about. For,many people, their house is just a place to hang their hat.


Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Hi kelly, good to hear about what's been going on in your life, even though it's not ALL positive. I'm a littLe out of the loop right now. I didn't know you were planning on building! That's soooooo exciting!!

Root canal is truly no big deal. I've had several after having a car accident and messing up my mouth. It doesn't hurt at all, but it's time consuming.

As for your house, I think most people who care about their homes are a bit more picky. We don't realize the average person doesn't feel the way we do or care about the kinds of things we care about. For,many people, their house is just a place to hang their hat.


Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Whew-weee you did have a busy week Kelly! I had to chuckle at your commentary about your hubby grinning...that would be mine as well. I'd be all set to say..."Well the Realtor said we have to do this" just to find out that we didn't, and Chris would have dollar signs in his eyes. Here is hoping that root canal is not in your future, although I had it done and it is a bit uncomfortable at the time, I never experienced any pain during or after. And I hope you find a med that really works for you. Good luck with the gym.(I am heading back there myself starting Monday.)
Wishing you a better days and weeks ahead!
XO Barbara

Patty said...

Kelly, ditto what the others are saying... I've had the crown and root canal, and getting the crown was the worst part. The root canal took awhile, but it wasn't bad. I think the crown was bad because I had an inept dentist. The root canal was done by someone with decades of experience. It wasn't fun, but what part of going to the dentist is?

Hubby gave me 3 months at our local gym for Christmas. I didn't want any material things, and really felt this would be a good idea. Mainly I needed exercise to be heart-healthy. But I also wanted to develop a better core because I keep hurting my back with simple bending over. And I'm hoping to get rid of those little flappy things under my arms ! At 55 things just aren't as firm anymore! Good luck with everything!

Valerie said...

Kelly, I have severe Crohn's and was on many medications over the years. I finally went to the Mayo and was put on Humira (this was 10 years ago when it was still very new and only approved for arthritis). It changed my life! No more planning my meals around when I would be leaving the house, and fearfully looking for the bathrooms every time I did go out! I have had no side effects and can not imagine life without it! I am also a firm believer in exercise and wear a Fitbit to help keep me motivated with walking every day...I think that is huge in my health too. Good luck with your exercise plan. And I'm not surprised not too many changes from the real estate agent...your house is gorgeous and I love your style!

Unknown said...

I can relate... our last home was on the market 24 hers, and sold. The average at that time was 2 months... some 2 years. We were blessed. All we had to do was repaint the kids rooms . THATS it.
Like you, we have always had new homes. The only other was a rental when we first got married and were deciding on a home. In a few years, we are looking at new construction again.
I work out less now than I would like :/ But all I need to do is tighten up. Bo weight loss. I have maintained the same size for the last 21 years. But it is so easy to loose muscle tone at my age it seems. SAD!!!
My SIL is on HUMIRA and is getting great relief with it.
Good luck on all the new....

White Lace and Promises said...

Bless you, my friend. You do have a lot going on. I'm so sorry about your health problems. I didn't realize this was an ongoing problem. Do you have RA or Lupus or fibromyalgia? I have friends with auto immune diseases. Sure hope you get some answers and meds that will help. I hate the dentist and I'm sorry to say that I haven't been in a few years. Horrible, right? I almost throw up even at cleanings and they hurt. I have a tooth that needs a crown, but I had a root canal one time and the doctor messed up and couldn't finish. I was in so much pain and had to go to a specialist, which I should have seen in the first place. It was a horrible experience. I've GOT to make myself make this appt. Hope you feel better soon!

This N That said...

I have auto immune diseases and won't take Biologics..I was involved in some Cancer studies using them..(I'm a nurse)..The side effects (Lymphoma for one) can be serious..I'd have to be a lot worse than I am to consider taking them..That's just me and ay be a case of too much knowledge or not enough..I don't want to take anything that messes with my immune system..It's bad enough as it is..Listen to your Dr..The side effects are a real possibility though and not a trade off for me.. Good luck with everything..Sorry I can't be more positive..The bottom line is how do you feel?? If Other drugs help..stick with them..I have a lot of inflamation on paper but I can live with it..I'm also a lot older than you...

monique said...

Hi Kelly,
I have been on Humira for over 10 years. I was first on Enbrel but Humira worked much better. I believe that Remicade is administered with an IV. That would be my last choice. I have RA. I am not sure what you have been diagnosed with but I hope this helps.
You can email me @ if you like or have any questions. I would be more than happy to help.
I had my first root canal this past summer and it wasn't that bad. The name is the worst part.
Take care,

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I take Humira for my Rheumatoid Arthritis. It also helps with my colitis as a benefit. Every med you take can have side effects, so I weighed the odds and decided I wanted to feel better every day. I have been on it for a year and a half.

Yeah! On what the realtor said. Good news!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Kelly,
You have had a very busy week. I have a few friends on Humira and they say it has improved the quality of life for them. Everyone is different I guess you might just have to see what will work best for you. That is great news on getting the house ready. Your home is beautiful so it does not surprise me that you do not have to do much.
I just had my implant done this week so my tooth has been aching too. Hope that start to feel better.

chateau chic said...

Busy indeed...even though not with fun things. :-)
So glad you don't have to do anything major in your house unless you want to. Doesn't surprise me because your home is very neutral and lovely!
The word root canal makes the procedure sound worse than it is...but still not fun, I'm sure!
Mary Alice

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Yikes, what a week, Kelly! I don't know anything about the medications you mentioned, so can't help you there. It's good that you don't have to do a lot to get your house ready to sell. We've been talking about putting ours on the market in about 5-6 years, and I know there are some cosmetic things we need to do. I want to start doing them now, so we can enjoy them while we're here. You made me laugh about the laughing gas (pun!) - hope you are feeling better and that you don't need root canal. It's great that you joined a gym. You will definitely feel better! I have an elliptical machine in the basement, and some free weights, which I use 5 days a week. Hope next week is less stressful!

cynthia lee designs said...

Kelly...l've had a couple root canals and it wasn't bad at all. They numbed me and I didn't feel a thing. We've been fixing our house up too. We been here since 1992 and put in a new kitchen several years ago. Recently...we have been taking up the carpet to find hardwood floors that are in good condition. We've thinking about moving...I have a bad knee and going up and down the stairs is really getting to me. I was walking on our treadmill until this knee started acting up.

Linda said...

Wow this has been a stressful week!
First try and remove STRESS! I think that's the biggest problem with our health. I know the more stress in my daughters life means more flare ups in her RA. Do your research..
Not surprised that your house needs little work. Whom ever buys it will probably ask you to style their new home.
I have had root canals and I don't remember too much pain. In the end I had that back molar removed.
Yes physical activity will also relieve stress and help you on the road to
feeling much better.
I'm still waiting to see a surgeon!!!! UGH!!

Bliss said...

Well holy cow! I read the newest post first so already knew you weren't moving yet, but you've got a lot going on. And working out too, I need some of your energy.