Saturday, February 27, 2010

Things have been busy around here this fall/winter. Back in August, we came to the relization that we would have to move to a bungalow sooner than later as my knees are rapidly deciding they no longer like stairs. Within 2 weeks, we found the perfect home. It is a new build home in a community that is Canada's first completely Energy Star neighborhood and is being built in coordination with Conservation Canada. Every tree cut down is being either replanted in the community greenspace or are offered to homeowners to plant on their properties. In addition, homeowners are encouraged to use only Eco friendly cleaners so as to not harm the environment for the wildlife we share the area with.

We've upgraded our new house so that is completely RA and MCS friendly. The house has a HRV system to circulate clean air throughout the home. We have installed a jet tub in the master bathroom to soothe my sore joints. The master bathroom also has a shower stall with a seat. In the kitchen cabinets, instead of shelves we have installed pull out drawers so I won't have to bend and try and root through cupboards. We have made all the doorknobs in the home lever style knobs so I won't hurt my wrists trying to open doors. We will also be installing an above ground salt water (no smelly chlorine!) so I can do my hydra therapy in the privacy of my own back yard.

Once we bought a new home, we needed to sell our current one. Problem was that the new house ready until June 2010. No one was going to buy our house in September 2009 and not move in for 8 months. The waiting was tortuous. What if our house didn't sell?

We finally put it on the market last week. Our worries were for naught. After 2 days on the market, 27 showings and 3 offers all above asking price, our house is sold, without conditions, for $11K ABOVE asking price. Note to my American readers, we don't have escrow here. We have conditions--usually pending financing or house inspection and these conditions usually need to be waived within 7 days or so of a purchase. In our case, our purchaser did not need financing and had the foresight to request an inspection before offers were presented (we had an offer day--all offers were held until the end of day 2 of showings.) Now all we have to do is pack and wait until moving day!

We got some bad news in January. Little Miss Bazil is now diabetic and requires insulin injections twice a day. Her sugars are still very high and we are strugging to get them under control. In 2 months she has lost 5lbs-- in a dog that was only 17lbs to begin with this is a lot. She is also starting to go blind in one eye. We've had many sleepless nights worrying about her and I am sure there will be more to come. But, for now at least, she's still driving us crazy with her energy and hopefully will continue to do so for many years to come.

As for me, I've been hanging on. This winter has been hard on my RA as I'm sure it has been for many of you. My hands and feet have been attacked in all their joints and I have had some issues with inflammation of the cartilage in my ears and nose. My voice has been continuing to get stronger. Since starting MTX almost a year ago, it has improved and I have almost a normal voice 60% of the time. I still have moments daily where I can not speak and even more moments daily where I can not breathe but compared to a year ago, I am tons better. I truly believe MTX has saved my life.

I hope to be able to write more in 2010. I have been working on a couple of posts for months now that I hope to be able to post in the coming days. I hope the spring is kinder on all of our joints and to my MCS friends, I hope this spring brings you some relief as well. Happy 2010 to all!