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10 February 2008 @ 01:34 am
I guess it must come with age...  
...but I've been having tremendously bad pain in my joints lately - my fingers and hands, especially. I've been trying to call the doctor to make an appointment because I'm afraid that I have the early (or maybe not-so-early) stages of arthritis. :P Bleh! :(

Sorry I haven't updated in a while - I've been having the hardest time keeping up with my life these days... :P I have gone back today to catch up on all of your entries that I've missed this week - because between all the after work meetings, the unbearably early flights to Maui, a dinner with Susan, and a show at Diamond Head Theatre, there was almost zero leisure internet time this past week. :P My apologies to everyone!

On Wednesday night, Susan and I went out to dinner at Big City Diner - which was nice. We talked about work a lot and both of our desires to finally have the courage to one day leave our jobs and do something that we both love. It also surprised me a little that after all this time Susan didn't have a real good idea of what I really did for a living - as, most people I don't think do - because I rarely talk about my job other than to say that I hate it... It was nice to catch up with her, though and I know I always say it but we really have to plan our dinner nights more often!

On Thursday night Mark & I went to Diamond Head Theatre to see their production of "Barefoot In The Park." Being that it's one of my favorite straight plays, I was a little apprehensive going in to see it. Really, to me, the success of the show depends highly on whether the Paul Bratter is cast well.

This particular Paul Bratter was played by a local actor named Todd Coolidge - who apparently teaches third grade at a school very near to my office. His bio says that he's from New York - and I think his training was very apparent. He was VERY good in the role, and was one of the few characters that I really believed... He had great comedic timing and was one of the few local actors that I've seen in a long time who I felt really "got" their roles (the last was Randl Ask who gave a brilliant performance as Albin in "La Cage" a couple of years ago). I'm really interested in seeing Todd Coolidge in another production. All in all, it wasn't a bad interpretation of the show at all... And yes, the show itself is pretty dated -- but I love it.

And while we're on the subject of random theatre, I was cleaning out and sorting through my bookmarks today and I came across a link for the demo clips for "Sleeping Beauty Wakes" and I just realized how much I miss the show. :( I know that Valarie and Brendan have gone on to concentrate on other endeavors (namely "Toy Story" on the Disney Cruise Line), but I had hoped for the show to have a life outside of Culver City -- for a rather selfish reason, just so that I can see it again... :P

Hope you're all having a nice weekend! Big HUGS to you!!
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waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on February 10th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon. But definitely see the doctor - it may be something that you need treatment for and then will clear up. But if it does turn out to be arthritis don't panic; I've had it for years and it rarely interferes with my life. Just get yourself examined!

I'm glad you've been having your usual dose of fun though. My week has been quieter as I'll post on my lj shortly.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 11th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment! I'm definitely going to try to see the doctor this week. Work has just been so busy that I haven't been able to get away at all.

The week thankfully did have some great moments - the dinner with Susan and the play, but because of my hectic work schedule, if the tickets we had to "Barefoot In the Park" weren't our regularly scheduled seaso tickets, I would've tried to convince Mark to go on another day.... That's the only thing about subscriptions, the shows always come at the busiest times! :P

Hope you have a better week next week! HUGS!
ajayne on February 10th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't have arthritis. *keeps good healthy thoughts your way*

Hugs to you!
Sheri: Sheri - fingerspellingshutterbug93 on February 11th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! I think that I've just gone down hill the moment I turned 38 (Haha!!) My joints ache so much that I worry about my ASL classes - fingerspelling is almost impossible with all the pain! :P Thanks for your comment!!
ajayne on February 11th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Awwww. :( Have you tried that Joint Juice supplement stuff? Joe drinks it for his shoulder and says it is OK.

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 12th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
Oh no, haven't tried it. I must research it online. :) Thanks for the suggstion! :)
ajayne on February 12th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on February 10th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah what that person said, arthritis is very treatable and manageable. As are many other things that can cause hand pain/numbness/tingling. I have it in my knees and hips. I have tramadol (or tylenol if the pain isn't too bad) for daytime and darvocet for night when it gets really bad. In my knee they did surgery a few years ago to clean up the joint and it's been a lot better since they did that, I usually don't have to take anything unless the weather changes and I've been able to stay pretty active. I can't do anything high impact like running/jogging or aerobics, but I can walk or bike for exercise, or swim. I turned out to have carpal tunnel in my hand as you know, and since I had the release I haven't had a problem with it except sometimes when I'm doing a lot my hand does get tired. (I think that's a result of overdoing and not so much the carpal tunnel.) I have tendinitis in my thumb, and that's also manageable, I sleep with a thumb stabilizer (or with an ace wrap to keep my thumb in a neutral position) for a few days and manage it with tylenol. I have the tramadol because I am allergic to Advil and Aleve and all of those, and it helps with inflammation and pain. It's really the only thing I can safely take for inflammation. I don't have to take it often unless there is a front coming through or something. :)
Sheri: Sheri - fingerspellingshutterbug93 on February 11th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment, Laura! I have tendinitis in my wrist - which got really bad when I was at my former office (something about the way my keyboard was in relation to my screen) but I think I have that under control. It's good to know that even if I do have arthritis, it is manageable. I worry because with my ASL classes, I'm finding it increasingly hard to do simple things like fingerspelling these days... :P

Big HUGS to you!!
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on February 10th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Hugs you tight! I'm sorry to hear about your pain and the stress. I hope that you don't have arthritis and that you feel better soon! And yes, please see a doctor!

I'm glad that you had some nice time, too. :) And I hope that you had a wonderful and also relaxing weekend. I'm keeping you in my thoughts! Love and hugs to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 11th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Sabine! Hopefully I don't have arthritis, but I am a bit worried because of the need to use my fingers in my ASL classes... lots of pain trying to do simple fingerspelling. Must be my old age!! ;)

It was a VERY busy week, but thankfully there were some really nice moments to offset a lot of the stress. Hope you're having a nice weekend, Sabine!! Big HUGS to you!!
lindasings on February 11th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your joint pain. I've had good results with Glucosamine and Chondroitin pills. Unfortunately, you have to take them for six weeks before you notice any difference. Here's an article about it: http://www.vitacost.com/newsletter/newsletter.cfm?nl=47
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 12th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the article, Linda!
Michael Corleyclivec on February 11th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Reading your posts is almost as good as a night out at the theater.

Remember to take your anti-infalmatories.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 12th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your sweet comment!! HUGS!