I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous...Now Read My HIPS!

Now Read My HIPS! is returning very soon. My blog is currently under construction. I am doing some minor renovating and will begin blogging for the New Year, possibly before. I can't wait to start up again. I have missed all of my followers! I love every single one of you! You have helped me to become who I am today! I could never have continued my blog without all of your support. Please be patient, and please continue to support this blog as well as my other blog Chronically Mommy. Pass this information on to anyone that you know may be interested in knowing...To be continued...

I had my shoulder and both hips replaced, and I am changing things up a bit on this blog! I began belly dancing in 2010! Yes you read that correctly!! I am going to be blogging about my experience as a woman with several joint diseases and conditions who had her shoulder and both hips replaced who now belly dances and performs! I still have pain, but I want to blog about how I have fun too! Now Read My HIPS! Please read Chronically Mommy (chronicallymommy.blogspot.com) for info on health/pain.

Hi, I have avascular necrosis in my shoulders, hips, and knees, psoriatic arthritis, sjogren's, fibromyalgia, and hypermobility. I found out that I have autoimmune arthritis in my cervical spine and a bulging disk in my lumbar spine. Seven years ago my spine orthopaedic surgeon told me I had a small amount of autoimmune arthritis in my SI joint. The question still remains: Is the spinal involvement due to Psoriatic Spondylitis, which is a more severe form of Psoriatic Arthritis or is it a new diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis? Whatever the diagnosis, the treatment will remain the same. I had my left hip replaced in 2003 & my right shoulder replaced in March of 2010. I literally gave my right arm to be ambidextrous! LOL! Lastly, I had my right hip replaced on May 10th, 2012.

I began belly dancing. Yes that's correct! I began belly dancing in 2010, so now it is time to "read my hips." Pain is still another part of my life. It is just a question of when, where and how much, but I would like to use this blog to write about my experience as a woman with several joint diseases and conditions who had both hips and a shoulder replaced and now spends her free time belly dancing and performing! I belong to a dance troupe since February of 2014, Seshambeh Dance Company. I am dancing weekly with my troupe in an advanced class and on Saturdays with another class which focuses on exercise and being a strong woman. I am performing a lot more often now, at least 4 or 5 times per year! Join me in my journey!

At times, I take 16 to 20 pills a day. I go every 4 weeks to the to get a 2 hour IV for my autoimmune arthritis diseases. Just when one thing seems to be doing better, something else goes downhill! My attitude, however, is always going uphill! I am 42 years old, have been married 16 years, and my husband and I adopted Mick in Dec. of 2010! I have a lot on my plate right now, but I take it one moment at a time. I believe that God will never give me more than I can handle. However, I do need to learn to ask for help sometimes instead of always doing it by myself!



(Formerly "I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous!")

Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these daya are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me, help me, help me, oh.

Now Read My HIPS!

Now Read My HIPS!
Asmara "Beautiful Butterfly"

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Time to Just Be Still...Talk to Myself...Give Myself A Pep Talk!


There are just some days where it is just nice to never get out of your PJ's, and this was one of them. I was not in a lot of pain today. I was more fatigued than anything else--and just so tired...

Sometimes on days like this it feels like my body is rejuvenating itself. It's like a home spa day. I never left the house, but I did go outside to take my fur kids out to go potty.

It has been raining outside today all day, and I'm talking a thunderstorm and flooding, no light drizzle. There were even areas with hail. I for one enjoy listening to the rain, but usually, the body would rather take a pass. Today was not so bad, except I could have slept all day long!

Yesterday was my I.V. infusion day at the infusion center at the hospital. I felt so tired when I left there, and I even took less of the benadryl than usual. I don't know, perhaps my life is just catching up with me. Perhaps all the travel that I've been doing, and preparing for the adoption of our baby, and getting ready for the shoulder replacement surgery, and now with my dog Max's new diagnosis of diabetes--life is just tiring. It seems reasonable. I for one am not a "normal" person either. The everyday stresses of life can be quite a lot for me to handle with all my chronic illnesses. I usually take on too much, with full knowledge. And why, you may ask? Well, I'm a control freak, type A personality, OCD, who tends to overdo everything. I know full well when I'm on the verge of getting overworked, and yet I push it further and further to see if I can get through just a little bit more.

I'm really trying to take better control over myself though. I don't want to wear myself out like this. I am going to do better. I'm in bed typing this post, and then I'm going to sleep. I will not think of anything else to do before going to sleep, except taking my pills of course. Then I will get up bright and early and go to the gym and go swimming. That is what I will do! That a girl! Take care of yourself, Dana! Exercise is good for me, and swimming is great for my joints. I really need to keep up with this until my surgery because when the surgery date approaches, it will be a while before I can do my normal exercise routine again. So yes, I will do that!

Great pep talk!

Now if I could do this for myself every single day, sometimes several times a day, imagine how much better I would take care of myself. Yes, I will do that too! I will begin talking to myself on a daily schedule, several times a day! Add that to my agenda. Now I sound crazy. But no, I haven't lost my mind, I am finally gaining perspective. I have to keep in touch with myself, or I will never get through this waiting...

Then, I will totally lose it when the day of the surgery arrives...

Again, great talk, Dana! Let's do this again tomorrow! Good night, and sweet dreams!

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