Pool, salsa, apple butter AND health update…

WOW! I just realized I have not blogged in quite awhile! It is not like me to not have anything to talk about! I will have to be quick because it is about to come a storm here!!!

It has been very busy at my house this week. My parents have come out to help me set up my NEW ABOVE-GROUND POOL! My rheumatologist had told me that water aerobics would be VERY good for me because my fibromyalgia is so severe. SO my sisters, brother in laws and my parents all went in together and are paying for half the cost of the pool as my birthday present this year! I KNOW, I was shocked, too! They told me that they just want to see me get better, so that is why they are all being so extra-generous this year. I found an Intex metal frame pool on walmart.com on clearance. It is 24 ft diameter round pool and 52 inches high. I figured this depth would be perfect for water aerobics…plus it is plenty big for family and friends to enjoy, too!

My dad should get to take the first dip because he has worked SO HARD this week. He brought up his tiller and had to level the ground for it. The slope was about a foot different from one side to the other, so he has been here for 3 days getting it all straightened out!

I also found the above “wedding cake pool steps” on craigslist.com for $100! The family selling them lived only about 2 or 3 miles from my parents! This was a real bargain and I am SO GRATEFUL as they will be MUCH safer than the tall ladder you saw in the first picture. My father is building some sturdy steps and a platform for me on the outside for safety. My balance is not too great, plus these steps will be useful for water aerobics.

The above pic is salsa and apple butter…YUMMY!!!

My parents brought along several ripe tomatoes from their garden and my mother and I planned to make salsa. This week has been really rough for me fatigue-wise, pain-wise and migraine-wise, so she surprised me and made all the salsa by herself while I was either asleep or outside w/my father. I have REALLY BEEN SPOILED THIS WEEK!

Above is one of my FAVORITE kitchen gadgets, an apple peeler-corer-slicer. I purchased mine at Linens-n-Things a couple years ago. This one suctions to the table top, but I have also used one with a C-clamp attachment…GREAT PRODUCT!

My middle sister Lavonda had come over last saturday and I had the privilege of showing her how to use the apple peeler/corer/slicer gadget. We made some apple butter. I still had a bucket of apples in the house that we had picked, so I got to teach my mother how to use this gadget and we made MORE APPLE BUTTER!!! I STILL HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF APPLES, so I suspect I will get to teach a few more folks how to do this soon! LOL


I had my 3 month check up appointment yesterday with my rheumatologist. He did a bone density test and verified that my bones are significantly thinning. He said for my age (I will be 35 this month) I should be at my prime bone mass, but instead I’m at a low bone mass. I am still classified as osteopenia, but he said that is not good at my age. He said to take two Caltrate 600-D a day for a year, then repeat test and if no improvement, then he will put me on some prescriptions for this…I have to take steroid shots for asthma 3 or 4 times a year, plus I had a hysterectomy a few years ago, so I am not really surprised at these results, just hopeful he can do something to keep my bones from getting brittle. He also suggested I ask my internist to send me to a neurologist and a podiatrist for some other issues that have been going on for years. He said I have tested positive 3 times for lupus on the general bloodwork they do (last time was a low positive, but still in positive range) so he drew more blood during my visit to test more specifically for lupus. I have also been getting migraines every single day as well as continuing to have the weak/dizzy/spells once or twice a day now, lasting about 30 minutes each time…this is why he wants me to go to the neurologist.

Thank you for your continued prayers. I hope you find my blogs much more positive than negative. I blog as a creative outlet, plus I LOVE to entertain others and make them feel good. AT THE SAME TIME, I have learned that MANY are affected by fibromyalgia, so I blog about my health issues to get the word out about FM and to help family members who worry about their loved ones with this disease and to make them aware of the true symptoms and what they can do to help them.

I feel truly blessed to have discovered all my new friends here and I LOVE reading your blogs every day as well!