Staying busy…

So far I have been staying as busy as possible between doctor appointments and waiting until the day of my surgery.  But I will be damned if it isn’t one thing or another that comes up!   I received a call from my Rheumatologist office first thing this morning to tell me to get my butt in to get retested for ALT levels.  I guess my last blood test on the 10th came back with a slightly elevated ALT, which is liver function.  So now it needs to be rechecked and if it is still elevated….then I assume I will be taken off the Prednisone and put on something else?  I don’t know.

All I know is that I really want to jump into WoW and try not to worry about all of this.  I can not believe they haven’t been able to figure out exactly what is going on yet after 10 months of this crap.  So I have RA, and now they are going to be doing MRIs looking for MS and neuropathy in my feet.  None of this is good by itself, but come on…MS and neuropathy on top of it?  No wonder I spend as much time as I can in WoW trying not to think about all of this.  It’s the only way to block out my worries and have a laugh or two during the day anymore.  Hubby is stressed out from all of this too…and I feel so bad that he has the added stress of  being the only one working to keep us going while we wait to see whether or not I can/should file for disability.  The longer it takes for the docs to figure out what all is wrong with me, the more stress it adds of course.  Hubby just makes sure I have my WoW sub paid and does not complain one bit.  The only thing that would make it even better is if he played WoW too…but he isn’t interested in the slightest.  So, he plays Call of Duty or one of the many other fps games he has to relax after work.

I have been staying busy on Calizari and Ezdenia lately.  Both have their production/gathering professions maxxed out!  The hardest part will be getting Ezdenia leveled up and doing dailies forever to get her rep up to get the Tailoring/Enchanting recipes from all of the quartermasters.  Sigh….

I am not sure I am liking all this daily grind…but it does help keep a toon from being broke.  It is a decent source of gold, which is always handy.  I guess I was too use to being able to grab a tabard and farm heroics until I had all the rep I needed.  But things change…boy, do they change!

Calizari has done two weeks of LFR so far and has managed to get 3 pieces of gear from it.  Add two pieces of Valor gear, the Direbrew trinket and the Horseman’s ring and she is sitting at 469 equipped ilvl.  Not too bad I guess for taking a few days off from the dailies grind.  It just got to be a little overwhelming trying to do all the dailies that she needed for rep that opened up Valor gear for her.  But I am back on it…making sure to get it done every day.

Getting there….

The gear this xpac isn’t very flashy yet.  I guess if I don’t like the look once she gets more LFR gear then I will have to take up Transmogging.   That alone will be an undertaking.

And then there is Ezdenia…

Looking cute as ever!

If Ezdenia were Shaman, she would probably already be 90.  Lol!  I just have more fun on Calizari than I do Ezdenia.  I ended up going Shadow so she could level a little easier.  Maybe its just that I haven’t been feeling so great lately and can’t/don’t want to have to get into Disc healing right now.  I really don’t know.  I just know that I don’t have to ‘think’ about doing anything on Calizari, it just comes automatically…and that means I have more fun healing randoms and LFR.  And that is the idea….fun.

Trivenna is still collecting some dust.  She is 51 and I am debating on whether or not I want to respec her to Prot or Ret for the remainder of her leveling time.  I need an Alchemist/Herbalist so she would come in handy.

Guess I have spent enough time typing….time to get busy on dailies….again.

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IRL getting in the way of Raiding….again

This past couple weeks have been frustrating.  Today I realized that I may not ever raid again…at least nothing above and beyond LFR.  My health just isn’t going to allow it I guess.  By the time they figure out what the heck is going on with me, I will have missed too much time and have lost my spot to raid.  I will be right back where I started…looking for a guild that wants to raid but needs to fill spots.   What a PITA!

I have been referred to a Neurologist and was told that they will be scheduling a head and/or spine MRI.  The only thing my rheumatologist had mentioned during my appointment was that I may have neuropathy in my feet.  That alone is not good but I was too curious to know what they could be looking for in a Head/Spine MRI.  What I found I didn’t like either.  I found two things they look for when they do these specific MRIs…the first is tumors…the second is lesions or scarring of the nerves caused by Multiple Sclerosis.  So now I am comparing symptoms and the biggest one I have been having almost every night is the numbing/tingling of my arms, legs, hands and feet.  Sometimes its all of them being numb and tingling when I wake in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.  It has gotten progressively worse over the past week and I am now on pain pills every 8 hours.

It helps, but I am still having a hard time walking.  So between that and the pain meds, I am not driving for now until they get this figured out.  I really don’t know what to do at this point but stop researching things until one of the doctors has a definite diagnosis.

I have been playing when I can and just try to focus on having fun and doing whatever I can in WoW for now.   There is not much else I can do at this point.

I am scheduled to have surgery on Nov. 8th for a separate health issue as long as nothing comes up that could postpone it.  So I only have from now until then to get a few things done before I have to take a week or two off.   I am hoping that is the longest I will have to stay off of my desktop, but I will have my laptop to keep up on reading and forums during that time.  I need to stay busy and focus on recovering so that I can tackle whatever is next.  Without WoW to keep my focus away from the stress that has been building up this past 10 months and the fact that I have been getting worse…I would no doubt be much more stressed than I currently am.  Playing has been a way to  steer the focus away from all of this between doctors visits.  Now it will be my focus to get me through up to my surgery.  During my recovery I will be doing lots of reading.  I have lots of Terry Brooks Shannara series to finish yet and keeping up with resto shaman blogs, MMO Champion forums and of course the WoW forums should keep me busy enough for the first couple weeks.  If that isn’t enough, I have two rather thick Sudoku books to work on.  😉

Having fun while I can, because the alternative sucks!

Having fun…and not much else

I was up and logged on at launch…and I have been having a blast since!  I jumped right away into randoms and by the end of the second one, Calizari was sportin 6 new pieces of gear!  Woohoo!  Gear is nice…but I was ECSTATIC when I had the Reins of the Green Proto Drake drop out of a Mysterious Egg this time around!

Happiest Shaman around!

I was so excited that I slept about 4 hours before launch and then was up and ready to go a half hour before Mists went live!  Now I may farm for the Time Lost Proto later on, once I am tired of questing and farming randoms…but this is the type of mount I have wanted since I saw one flying around Org back in Wrath.  Yeah, I am a little behind, but I don’t care.  I won’t be hustling to get any of the new MoP mounts…I don’t like them near as much as I do the Proto Drake models.

Other than that, I have been having fun running around the new zones while waiting for queues to pop to heal randoms.  I can’t wait to hit 90 tho….so I can fly in Pandaria!   So much to see…so many scenic screenshots to take!

Having fun and hoping everyone else is having as much fun as I am,

Healzwithfibro

One week left and all I have left to do is…

…get Ezdenia leveled to 85 and have her professions at max.  She has 4 levels til 85.  Her Tailoring is finally up to Embersilk thanks to all the cloth Calizari sent during her leveling and grinding of Heroics.  Other than that, I think that is all I have left to do.  Oh and get them both their Epic flying speeds.  Not sure if I will wait until after Mists for that or if I will do it this week or not.  If I remember right, we won’t be able to fly in the new zones anyway…so it isn’t like  I will be missing out.

Which reminds me, I hate leveling Tailoring through Frostweave!  It takes forever!  I swear I could hear her grumbling under her breath.  She just needs to get maxxed asap so she can make the Illusionary Bags and she and Calizari will be happy for a little while.

Calizari has been doing her JC and Cooking dailies, with a Fishing daily thrown in there every so often.  So she finally hit Revered with her guild.  Woot!  She really needs to hit the random grind again for a few days tho.   The extra gold, cloth and disenchantables that she can send to Ezdenia will come in handy.  She won’t be doing it for nothing….she is expecting to get some nice big bags out of it!

I have been reading as much as I can on the WoW forums…US and EU, because there is so much good info on both.  And, because I  never go by just one opinion.  I formed my own opinion early on but have waited to see what the well known Resto Shaman bloggers theorycrafting came up with.  I was relieved to see that I was on the right path.  Now to wait and see if any numbers change when Mists goes live.

I changed my UI back to ElvUI…and ended up muting the Bugsack addon…hearing ‘Fatality’ every 5 seconds had me wanting to toss the whole mess and start over!  Muting is a good thing.  😉

After doing two of the Theramore Scenario’s…I am not impressed.   And definitely not impressed that it is just one more grind that I would have to do for a piece of gear I need/want.  Then I tortured myself even more and ran one last LFR and got NADA again…200 gold…not worth the time really.  I can make more in less time elsewhere.  And this time I even tried to stay in the middle of the healing meters in hopes that being lower would help me get something…even one little piece, but no such luck.

Only thing I saw today…

I hope the next LFR I do is better than this…maybe I need some Feng Shui going on in-game or something.  Either way, new content is looking better and better every day.

I am still working on the Mysterious Eggs from the Oracles…Tickbird Hatchlings are piling up in my bank.  I did get the Proto Drake Whelp today, so at least I got something out of the day.  I started Ezdenia on the rep grind as well…she is half way through Honored and will start her grind of Mysterious Eggs this week.  With two working on it I will have a better chance right?   Well, if one of them were to get it, it would probably be Ezdenia anway…she has much better luck when it comes to rolls and gears drops, and just about everything else.

And soemthing I have been thinking about doing…Twitter. Not the tweeting so much as the following of others. So maybe it’s time I get a Twitter account and start following Wow news that way.  I know, I am late on the technology thing, but better late than never right?  Its just that I have a couple people I would like to follow better going into Mists.  Which means I won’t go to sleep tonight until I get that all figured out.  I better get on it now,  I have an MRI first thing in the morning to do.  If I put it off until before I leave for that, I won’t get it done.

Cleaning up my account and other things

I finally did it…I went through every server I had toons on, which wasn’t many, and deleted any I knew I would never touch again.  I didn’t delete any 85s, just toons below 80 that I would likely never play again.  That felt good!  I even found an old Shaman on another server that was leveled as Enhancement!  She is collecting dust but maybe I will dust her off late in the next expansion.  It didn’t feel strange or anything, deleting toons…probably because I hadn’t been on any of them in a year or more.

Ezdenia @76

I think a Draenei Shaman has me curious because I have been Horde for so long.  And after 4 years I guess I am ready to try the other side and see what its like.  But not just yet.
After being on Prednisone for a week and a half, today I feel like crap again.  It has made me slow down and realize that this is not going to be a quick recovery.  And I need to not over do it.  Easy to say, hard to do.

So what else can I do to keep busy?  I have been pondering that for a few days…and I think that its time to put a more serious effort into my blog.  That alone should use up quite a bit of time.  With MoP coming up, I could stream a day of randoms or just Fraps a few things to see how I like it.                                                                                                                                  I am not really good at trying to tell folks how to play or help with their healing, there are plenty of other sites that do that without literally holding ones hand…but videos might be an idea.  I just don’t know if I want to do all the editing that many do on theirs.  Streaming is an idea…but I don’t want to go all out on that either.  So maybe a little of both?…and see how it goes?   Also posting on regular intervals is much needed, although much of that depends on how I feel from day to day.

With just two weeks until MoP drops, that gives me a decent amount of time to get things planned out a little, while getting more done on Ezdenia and Trivenna in that time.  Ezdenia is level 76 today and I set up the UI for Trivenna last night before bed.  So now its a matter of nose to the grindstone and I will have these three gals ready to do what is needed of them in the new expansion.  If I level a Panda-something, it won’t be for quite a while.

So…I need to get Ezdenia that last 9 levels and have her Enchanting/Tailoring maxed out and then get busy on Trivenna…and have it all done by the night before launch…hopefully.  Oh, and do the Theramore event on Calizari.  Am I trying to do too much?  I don’t know…probably.  Leveling is so easy now, even without Heirlooms.  I just want to stay busy and be as close as possible to having the professions I need ready to help Calizari not have to buy gems, flasks, bags or Enchants and at the same time be able to sell extras on the AH and save up a pile of gold. If I get it done before launch…then maybe I can take a day or two off and finish reading First King of Shannara by Terry Brooks.  I really love the Shannara series.  And getting away from the computer for a couple days would probably be a good thing.  Now if I could actually do it.

Getting things done…with less brain fog

I am better now that the Prednisone is working…the morning after starting it, I woke up to MUCH less pain than I had the night before which shocked me and made me jump up out of bed.  When I put both feet on the floor and realized that I didn’t have rocks in my feet I was ecstatic!  What an improvement!  I am trying not to get my hopes up, but not being in so much pain everyday is a start.

So now I am trying not to over do it because I have some of my energy back, and the swelling in hands and feet has started going down but hasn’t gone down as much as I had hoped by now…not sure if it has something to do with the dosage or not.  I guess I will see in a couple days what doc has to say about it.

Ready for MoP!

I have managed to get Calizari’s Jewelcrafting, Mining, Fishing and Cooking maxed out and ready for Mists.  I really like playing Shaman…maybe it just took me a while to overcome the whole totems management thing, but I love the insta Ghost Wolf and who wouldn’t love peeling yourself off the floor when it’s needed once in a while?  I will take that over a Battle Rez any day.  And I have always thought that Shaman had the most awesome looking gear in the game.

Now to wait around for the xpac. Three weeks to go!  In the mean time I have to get Ezdenia leveled up and get her professions maxxed.  After that, I have no idea what to do til Mists.  During the day I am often the only one on in my guild.  And things are going to be getting a little busier for me during the evenings now that the school year has started again.  So I am going to look for a second server for daytime playing.  Since the Draenei curiosity has to be dealt with,  a new shaman will obviously be Alliance.

Since being on the Prednisone and feeling better other than a couple side effects, I took a look at the toons I have created and not leveled and have been wondering what to do with them.

Now, I really like my Shaman and would like to be at my best by the time Raids open up in Mists.  Checking out a few of the High pop servers to see what I can find and then get busy leveling a Shaman there as well.  I have three weeks ya know!  Not much else for me to do other than sit and wait for eggs to hatch out a Green Proto…like I would get that lucky.

Servers are back up after the restart, so off I go again.

The rush after the patch

I think I over did it…but Calizari is at 381ilvl.   My hands are so swelled this morning that I can’t play.  Grrr!!

Got in to see doc fast and he fit me in like usual and I am on oral Prednisone for now.

I hope this stuff works…because I sucked in LFR last night..and still managed to be in the top three overall in the second half….maybe they were sore and stiff fingered like me tho.  At least I got the achievement out of it!

And I know there are many playing this game who have one or more of the many chronic pain diseases/conditions…and I hope the best for them..the best doctor, the best meds and the best luck..because that factors in there too.  Every little bit helps..for diagnosis…for being more comfortable with less pain and most of all a better quality of life.  Because there is no cure for this shit…not for Rheumatoid Arthritis and not for Fibromyalgia…which isn’t what any of us wants to hear.

So for now I watch TV and hope for fast working medication and a chance at an aggressive treatment for this.  Doctor said that by Saturday I should be noticing a big improvement.
I hope he is right.

Through all of this…I got very frustrated with my UI and ended up going with Tukui.  I really like it so far.  I kept my Vuhdo of course but have had an issue with it not recognizing Purify Spirit and seems hit and miss when I try to use it.  Hopefully they have that fixed soon.  Hmmm….looks like Vuhdo just did an update…guess I will log on just to take a peek.  Nothing else to do…afternoon Soap operas are…well….boring.