And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

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Today was the inaugural run of the Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis in Arlington, VA. While they’ve held the event in a number of other locations, this was the first time in the Metro DC area. They expected to get about 500 people to sign up to run; in the end more than 1,000 folks showed up dawned in their holiday hats and attire. Our team, And a Partridge in a Pear Tree, was 12 members strong. As such, we each chose to dress up as one of the 12 days of Christmas. My assignment was the partridge in a pear tree. With Andrew’s and his friend, Mike’s, help, we fashioned a pear tree out of a brown onesie (the one I used to be Scrappy Doo for Halloween), some leaf garlands from the craft store, some fake pears, and of course, a sort of partridge-looking bird. I did try to order a stuffed partridge but it appears as though they are all sold out of them this time of year… so instead, we found the most partridge-looking bird that Michael’s Arts and Crafts had to offer and that sealed the deal. We ended up removing fake bunches of grapes from the vine garlands and hot-gluing pears on in their places. The costume turned out beautifully. Andrew also contributed the sign at right… I ❤ it! And in the end, our combined group of 12 days WON THE COSTUME CONTEST! Eternal Pride. And the knowledge that we won the contest for the inaugural race. Needless to say, we have something to defend now and we can’t wait!

All in all the 5K went really well. I didn’t run, but I did have a great deal of walkers with me and it was awesome to get the support. Yet another huge thanks goes out to my friend, Rachel Worthington, for helping to pull this all together! And of course, a huge thanks to her fiance, Jason, for pulling back the reins and walking along with us (well, leaping… he was the lord of leaping after all). After the 5K, we all went out to brunch at Rio– Mexican and pretty delicious too!

So, how am I feeling now… about 10 hours later. Well, my ankles are done. I had a sore achilles on my right foot before I even started the walk and it seems to have exacerbated it… along with that, I’ve got a sore throat and some swollen glands along with a fever. I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting low grade fevers more often lately. Very strange- will have to ask my Rheumy about that at the next appointment. I think I will probably make a doctor’s appointment with either a general practitioner (I need a steady one) or my orthopedist just get my ankles and throat checked out. Can’t hurt, right? My rheumy has been pretty helpful but he focuses on my back only- which makes sense, as I have AS. However, I get the really bad joint pain in other locations, as I’ve mentioned before– I think I’d feel better if he’d address those too, but I’m not sure what else he could do- I’m on 750mg of Nambumetone twice a day along with my Enbrel… still, it can’t hurt to get a second opinion- make sure there’s nothing wrong from another perspective. So, given the sort of crapiness that I am feeling now, if I had it to do over, would I still do the Jingle Bell 5k? HECK YEAH, I WOULD!!

 

 

 

 

The day was wonderful and I had a great time with great people!

 

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7 responses »

  1. Hey, Meghan, in case of serious disease I always recommend a second opinion (or more). Sometimes specialists can get a little too focussed. It couldn’t hurt to see another rheumatologist. A good doctor will not object to a second opinion. Also, I suggest a good general doctor who will consider everything together — not necessarily to try to treat the AS, but just to have someone with a bigger picture view of what’s going on with your body. (I wish I could recommend someone particular, but our really good doctor retired shortly before we left Arlington.
    Keep up the good fight.

    • Suzanne, thanks so much for the comment and advice! Andrew’s surgeon actually suggested a general practitioner in Old Town who I have an appointment with tomorrow- so hopefully they’ll be a good “regular” doctor to see. In the meantime I am also looking for a Rheumy who specializes in AS or has more background/knowledge of the disease– my current Rheumy is super-friendly but he didn’t really know much about AS (not that most people do…). Regardless, thanks for the advice again! I hope you have a very happy holiday!

  2. You all look wonderful. Nothing like a great group of friends to make your efforts a HUGE success. Once again, CONGRATS!!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  3. congrats on the completing the jingle bell 5k, it looks like it was tons of fun!

    i’m glad you are getting another opinion and going to see a general practitioner who can look at the whole picture more easily, it makes me feel better knowing that you are getting lots of input on your medical needs!

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