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.

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.

Ding-aling-aling 85!

LOL!  I sure was happy when that achievement came up!

Calizari after hitting 85 and spending JP

Finally made it!  She was able to grab a new Relic and Chest piece right away, but still needs lots of gear….so back she goes, this time into Heroics…better gear and Valor Points!  Oh and I need to get crackin on PvP gear too…so I have my work cut out for me!  Lots of fun tho!  Somehow I have to fit in getting Ezdenia leveled up too….

I managed to fit in Oracle rep up to Honored so that she can start working on hatching those Mysterious Eggs every three days.  Some where in all this I need to get JC and Mining at max so they are ready.  They are both close but yet so far.   And then there is Fishing and Cooking….and IF I have the patience I may work on Archeology some more.  Hopefully.

Definitely feeling the pressure to get ready for MoP…fun, fun, fun!

Doctors appointment yesterday…

Made it to see the new Rheumy for a second visit… he is calling it seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I was suppose to start on Plaquenil after an eye exam but today my hands are swelling up pretty quickly so he wants me to start it now but still get the eyes checked next week.  If I am not better by Monday, then he will consider giving me Prednisone or something else to help get the swelling down.

At this rate, if the swelling doesn’t stop I will have balloons for hands by Monday.

This really, really aggravates me…I have kept as positive an attitude as possible and tried to focus more on getting Calizari leveled and watching her HPS climb and climb.  And this morning I managed to get within 3% away from hitting 80!  Now I can barely type and this will probably be it for anything on the computer until the swelling goes down or my hands explode…whichever comes first.

Oh so close to 80

So here is Calizari, patiently waiting for me to feel better so that I can get her that little bit farther…so she can start into the Cata content and hopefully be ready for the Pre-MoP patch.  I hit the AH for a few Cata greens to get her started so she isn’t a total wreck doing Cata normals.

Just wait til I tell doc we have to have me fixed up by launch…I can just see the look on his face now.  Pecking out this post with one finger on each hand isn’t exactly productive but you should have seen me trying to farm ore to get to 80 before giving up…not a pretty sight.

i have high hopes for these meds…but I have already been warned that it could take months for me to see any difference.  I am not giving up…this is the only hobby other than reading that I have left.  And I am not about to give it up!  This crap has taken everything else from me…this I will not let go of.

Main and Main Alt?!

It seems no matter what I have tried lately…I end up spending more time on Calizari.  She is now lvl 75 and darn close to hitting 76.  Ezdenia on the other hand is lagging back at lvl 67.

I have spent the past few days on Calizari working on her Mining/Jewelcrafting…otherwise she would be much closer to 80.  She is going to be needing gems very soon and I needed to get her caught up as much as possible before the pre-MoP patch comes out.  At least I will have a bit more time to get them leveled up and professions ready for the patch.

At this point, it looks like I have made a decision even tho I wanted to get them both to Cata content before making that decision.  Somehow I thought it would be more fair I guess.

As of today, it is official…Calizari the Resto Shaman is my new Main and Ezdenia is right behind her and will be the only other toon I play through dungeons and LFR and raids with guildies.  Other than that, Calizari will be putting in as many hours as she can to get her secondary professions leveled up and work on collecting a few pets here and there.  She also has her eye on a cool looking Proto Drake mount in Storm Peaks or Sholazar Basin.  One way or another, she intends on having a Proto Drake mount!

It is strange that for all the time I have been playing this game, I never could get a Shaman past level 20 because I did not like dealing with the Totems.  I guess I got past that!  LOL!

Now I need to get a list together of what needs to be done (in order of importance) so that Calizari is ready for the next patch.  Sigh…that could be longer than I would like.  But while servers are down, it’s a good time to get busy on it.  There is a lot to get done!

Calizari @ 70

Calizari @ 70

Last night I finally managed to get her to 70.  She finally has Riptide and played with that a little in a couple Utgarde Keep runs.  Of course today they are doing maintenance, so while I wait I will be reading forums and watching vids on Resto Shaman POV for MoP most likely.

She is fun to play, and is always busy doing something.  While waiting on Outland queues I started working on her Explorer title and have Durotar and Northern Barrens so far.  It’s not much, but it’s a start.  I also got her First Aid going finally.  The biggest thing I need to get busy working on is her Jewelcrafting. I think once she has that maxxed, I will drop Mining and put her to work on Alchemy.   She is going to need both once they change over to the new talents and change in mana regen. She will probably be needing as many Mana Pots as she can get on the way from 80 to 90.

I am actually looking forward to the new changes.  Now is the time to be learning while there is still time to play through dungeons to get the hang of it.  Practice, practice, practice.  This is why I love randoms…a mix of easy going groups that are on the verge of boring and other groups that require me to be on the ball at all times to keep the group alive.

I am enjoying Resto shaman and can’t believe I never got past the whole ‘totems’ thing.  Yup, you heard me right…I never played Shaman before because I did not like the idea of having to mess with managing so many Totems.  And now that they will be changing them soon, I think regardless of those changes, it won’t make me stop playing this class.  She is fun!

I read more and more about how Resto Shamans aren’t doing as well in MoP Beta as the other healers…and of course that Holy Pallys are just through the roof again.  No surprise there.  Trivenna will get leveled sooner or later…probably later tho.