View Full Version : Hi from a brand-new newbie

05-06-2007, 08:22 AM
My name is Marla, and I was just diagnosed with probable Lupus two weeks ago. I'm feeling relief at finally being able to put a lable on all of the aggravating symptoms that have been bothering me for over 10 years. At the same time, I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed as I learn more about the disease and the possible treatments.
I have a question for the other folks on this listserve from the San Antonio area. My GP has just given me a referral to a rheumatologist named Kevin Kemph. His office in the Stone Oak area is a long drive from where I live and work. I live very close to the Arthritis Diagnostic Center on Heubner. Before I tell my GP this, does anyone know whether this doctor is worth the long drive? Is there someone that you can reccommend in the Medical Center area? I'm also dealing with Aetna.
As for my introduction - I've been happily married to Jeff, an electrical engineer and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, for over 30 years. We've raised 5 great kids, who are all adults now, ranging from age 20 to age 30. We also have 2 wonderful young grandsons - ages 8 and 2, who are the lights of my life. Like some of you, we've always had a house full of pets, usually cats and dogs. (Our youngest daughter is a pet groomer and dog trainer) We are down to just 6 cats now, most of them elderly.
We've lived in 5 states with our family circus, but we've been in Texas for 14 years now. (We're hoping to get stationed in Europe before Jeff retires, now that all of the kids are raised.)
I got back into teaching 5 years ago, when a friend was named principal of a brand new high school and was in desperate need of a Latin teacher. Thus, I teach in a HUGE public high school (nearly 3000 students). I love teaching, and I'm very active with the students, sponsoring the Latin club, taking them to competitions, etc. This school year has been particularly rough, since I've been extremely tired, ill, and almost unable to keep moving with achy joints most of the school year. It gets a little rough when you're trying to escort 15 lively teen-agers to an out-of-town competition. Thank goodness my saintly husband goes along on these outings! My students are great, too. They remind me to use my cane, offer me a supportive arm when I need it, and are very understanding about my hearing loss due to Menier's disease. My boys have even told me that if the school ever has a fire, they are coming to my room to carry me down the stairs!
I'm glad to have found this group, and I'll probably have lots more questions for you as I figure all of this out.
Thanks for being there for all of us!
Vale (Latin for good-by and be well).

05-06-2007, 09:06 AM
marla, I am not from San Antonio, but I am originally from Texas, now living in Utah. Anway One of by closest friends lives in San Antonio and goes to that Dr. and she says he is great, and I know he has helped her a lot. I hope you have the same good luck that she has. Welcome to the board we are happy to have you here. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Keep me posted on how everything turns out! Ruth

05-06-2007, 06:46 PM
Salve Marla!

Welcome to the Forum! :D I'm really glad that you found us! :D

Please just know that anytime you need advice, support, information or just to vent or chat, we're all here for you!

I do Latin as a subject at school (I am sixteen years old) and I love it! :D

Keep well! :)

05-06-2007, 07:38 PM
Salve, Ilovehistory,
A Latin student!!! How wonderful! I hope that you will stick with it and go all the way to Latin IV, and hopefully beyond. We could use a few new young Latin teachers. Think about it!