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    my wife (cherie) and i own 11 horses.
    we rent a house with acreage.
    the property is beautiful, and it looks beter with horses on it.
    have a look at my photos sometime
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    i noticed your photos of summer 2011.
    i presume you went horse riding.
    please tell me about it, where did you go, what happened?
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    I apparently can't send you any messages because "ritzbit has exceeded their stored private messages quota and cannot accept further messages until they clear some space". Awwww
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    It's so stupid that people think that if you're sick with anything other than a cold that you're just a whiner and you should suck it up. As if that wasn't your bodies way of telling you that something is very, very wrong. Or that you're not actually sick, it's just all in your head, and you have to "believe it away". *eyeroll* I didn't know that headaches and stomach aches could be symptoms... those are two of my worst problems as well, but looking on all these sites of symptoms, I never found anything about them. I'll have to find the thread about meds so I can try to learn as much as possible.
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    I did have some blood tests done - that was actually what finally diagnosed me. As far as telling us what was wrong, that is. I got an ANA, CBC, CRP, and a T4 total. The first doctor I saw took blood as well, and just looked for some basic stuff like anemia, blood count, etc.
    I suppose I always just thought that there weren't many meds or much you could do besides be monitored, until/unless the disease got a lot worse. Woops!
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    Woah, I didn't know that. :/
    I personally knew I was sick from the very start. It was like waking up one morning and knowing you had a cold, except I didn't know what was making me sick. After a few months I had a huge list of symptoms from so long. I didn't realize that not getting started on this could possibly make it worse. It was a struggle finding a doctor to even believe that I was sick! And since I've found out, everyone's been being really nonchalant about the whole thing - sometimes I think i'm the only one worrying about it, and I wasn't even thinking about organ involvement! Everyone seemed to make it sound like it wasn't such a *huge* deal. I was more of the mindset that I would go as long as possible taking as few drugs as possible, so that when I did choose to pursue them, I wouldn't need as much or it would work better. (Some sort of tolerancy theory). I never imagined it could be the other way around. Eek!
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    oh geeze!! That's not good!! Today my left leg is giving me problems, and I think tomorrow is going to be the same. I'm heading off to bed now though. Have to get up early tomorrow.
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    Hi there!
    Thanks for the welcome
    My doctor said there wasn't much advantage in seeing a specialist (yet) because most or any of the drugs or treatments would be too harsh for me, since at the moment I'm at a pretty low level. I was told the only thing they'd do is set me up for a bunch of tests and then be able to diagnose me with something concrete. But maybe I should look into it further, I have had a LOT of trouble with Dr's, and I'm really not sure what all they would be able to do for me.
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    I ended up going to bed early, so that's why I missed your last message. Hope you got some well deserved sleep. Good luck finding a job that meets all of you're requirements. A survey job would probably be best then. I don't know much about the job work in the office but if that doesn't work out, you can try a receptionist at a doctors office. It's probably harder work because of all of the patients and phone calls, but it shouldn't require a lot of moving around or being near a window. I don't think that they do menial chores, either. I know that the offices down here have good aircondition, but it's only enough to keep you cool even if you do move around or not. I'd guess about 75 or 77 degrees. If the air at you're doctors doesn't effect youre raynauds, then recepionist might be another possibility. Of course, the receptionist is only from observation and not work experience.
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    I need to find one that doesn't include turning around a lot or noisy (any time of restaurant is out). It seems to cause dizziness, blackouts, headaches, and migraines. Also, wherever I work will have to have cold air condition otherwise I get heatsick after a while. I'm going to try getting a job at the vets office nearby as a receptionist since it's mostly phonecalls, computer/desk work, and meanial chores. Haven't filled out a form yet, especially since I'm getting ready to go on vacation. My fear has been realized. it's either a migrain or eye strain, but either way, I can't sleep it off. >_> I can't take naps up there and I'm trying to get used to it now. When I get back though, I'm going to nap like I've never napped before lol.
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Im 19 and was officially diagnosed with SLE in July 2009.
Taking pictures. Im a total book geek =D
School has taken over my life.


"A bad cold wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't for the advice of our friends."~ Kin Hubbard

Diagnosed: SLE, Raynauds, InterstitialLung Disease, GERD, Myositis, Vasculitis, Possible Sjogrens.
Medications: 400mg Plaquenil, 2000mg Cellcept, 10mg Norvasc, Nitroglycerin Patch, 20mg Prilosec, 10mg Flexeril, 4mg Medrol, 81mg Asprin.


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