Good communication is at the foundation of any good doctor-patient relationship. Thus, I was thrilled when I got an e-mail from my rheumatologist to follow up on the blood work I had drawn at my last appointment. (Little things make me happy.)
RELATED: Rheumatology Appointment: 09/28/2017
What are the RA Blood Tests?
I have to get my blood checked every so often so that the doctor can monitor things like my Vitamin D and iron levels. This time, however, she also checked my Anti-CCP levels and my Rheumatoid Factor.
Anti-CCP levels are Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide and the test is that is used to diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis. The blood test looks for anitbodies that show up early and strong in the disease course. The Rheumatoid Factor is an antibody that is designed to attack an organisms own tissues.
And What Were My RA Blood Test Results?
Negative. My results were negative. Per my doctor, this means that I still have Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis with a gluten sensitivity component. (Quite the mouthful!)
Fall is officially here! And winter made a brief visit on Monday of last week. That’s right, we’ve already had our first snow of the 2017-18 season. Of course, it was 70 degrees again two days later. Kona was in Heaven with the snow. Miranda, well, she was not very happy. Although, she did enjoy sporting her new sweater.
On Wednesday, Adam and I celebrated our 3-year anniversary. He was out of town, but had some beautiful flowers delivered to me at work. My sister flew into town that night, so we went out to dinner and I celebrated with her.
The rest of the week was spent was spent watching all of the comfort show that Hulu has finally started airing. By comfort shows, I mean all of the shows from my childhood – most of which were featured on TGIF as one point or another. Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, Will & Grace, Golden Girls (not really from my era, but I still love this show!), Step by Step, and on and on.
I’m so stoked and don’t know what show to watch first. So, I’m kind of watching them all. With this line up, Adam could have been gone for two weeks and I barely would have noticed. I’m just kidding; that was hyperbole for emphasis. The dogs would have been really upset and would have never let that happen.