CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Good IT Day -- Bad Day for Knee Pain

Unlike yesterday (shudder), today was a really GOOD IT day at the office. A BUSY day (!!!), but still quite good! The work Kris did last night resolved most of the issues we were experiencing. He told me that nothing I did caused it -- which is hard to believe. But coincidences do happen all the time with IT, so I guess that's the case here. Besides, the more we went over what had happened, the less likely it seemed that those things could have been an issue...

I spent the morning having people reboot (restart) their computers, then send themselves a test email in Outlook, open a file on the J: drive and make sure they could get on the internet. Then I went to all the seasonal and intern computer stations and did the same thing (which took ages, of course, including interruptions).

Ashley still has a missing 'My Documents' -- which appear to be partly due to a corrupted Profile. Fixing bad Profiles is a big pain, I'm sorry to say. (sigh) I haven't entirely given up on this, but I guess we'll wait and see if Kris can help further or not...

I had another odd thing happen on one of the seasonal machines. I need to discuss it with Kris, I guess...

But all-in-all it was a good day, IT-wise!

Plus the 'missing' laptop that was 'lost' at the Auction last Friday (!!!) was FOUND today. (woo hoo) This is a long story. Mainly, the laptop was taken on site but someone other than Marilyn or me for the first time ever. So we didn't assume responsibility for getting it back to the office (big mistake). Several people knew it was missing, but nobody told either Marilyn or me (!!!). Marilyn overheard it being discussed, so she told me and Jeff that it might be gone. When it finally came to light today, we both were sympathetic and supportive -- but unhappy that we hadn't been informed. Hopefully that message got through, loud and clear. Ultimately we wouldn't want to lose a piece of equipment (with some files that were nowhere else), but it's just a laptop (and we don't buy expensive ones). We were both more bothered but being excluded from information that we should have received right away. Plus Marilyn is able to immediately assist with finding things, so it's bad not to let her do that...

Anyway, happy ending, so moving on... (And in spite of tears shed...)

My knee was AWFUL today. Very painful. I was trying not to dwell on it, but pain that bad is hard to ignore. Finally when we got home tonight, I decided to look up 'causes of knee pain' -- because it just didn't feel like my usual arthritis. There are apparently 100 types of arthritis, by the way! When I came to GOUT, Marilyn and I both had an 'A-Ha' moment! There's good reason to believe that this is what I have. I have frequent big toe pain, but this is the first time I've had this sort of pain in my knee. Anyway, reading up on it supports the idea that I have gout. Interestingly enough, I had a lot of ideas about gout that are totally wrong. It hits a lot of people in their 20's and 30's who are in great shape and can be brought on by over-exercising, believe it or not. Mine was probably brought on by getting very chilled recently, combined with stress plus certain foods I've eaten. I was especially bad after the Auction last Friday -- and I dealt with stress, had been chilled and then stood around for hours (we always do at the Auction). And I had salmon for dinner (I rarely ever eat salmon, as a rule), which is a trigger food. So!

As I've mentioned, I see Leslie on Friday, so Marilyn and I will discuss it with her and see what she thinks. The more I read about it, the more it seems to make sense. Usually women don't get gout, by the way. But it happens a lot to women past menopause, so...

Interesting note for today? Marilyn actually called me down to leave before 5:00 p.m. (!!!). We were out the door before five, which seriously almost never happens! We were home by 5:30. I kid you not! She had several things she needed/wanted to get done tonight, which is why she was anxious to leave then. (Plus she has an early morning and late night tomorrow, so...)

Next Thursday is our Board Meeting, so she has a lot to get done before then...

Leftovers (again!) for dinner -- yummy stuff that I very much enjoyed. And 'cooking' was just heating stuff in the microwave. Nice after a busy day...

Marilyn is running on the treadmill as I type this. I admire her dedication!

Tomorrow I'm going to try and stay off my leg, so the knee can rest. If this is gout, a flare up can last anywhere from a couple of days up to ten days (generally they say 7-10 days). I'm hopeful it will be SHORT, though. By the way, we have a family history of gout. Both my dad and my uncle had it (that I know of). And it's also tied to psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis can be mistaken for gout. I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis years and years ago -- then had a specialist swear I did not have it. But another doctor warned that it's difficult to know for sure, so not to buy that. Here's what I just read: There is no definitive test for psoriatic arthritis. The diagnosis is made mostly on a clinical basis and by a process of elimination. Medical history, physical examination, blood tests, MRIs and X-rays of the joints that have symptoms may be used to diagnose psoriatic arthritis. It is important to communicate your history of psoriasis to your doctor... Likewise, it is possible to have gout along with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. If you have an excruciatingly painful attack in a joint, particularly in the big toe, you may want to have a test for gout. Fluid drawn from the affected joint is examined to resolve the diagnosis of gout or psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis patients are commonly misdiagnosed as having gout, because they often have elevated serum uric acid levels, which also can be caused by taking low-dose aspirin or by increased skin cell turnover. It is important to distinguish between the two forms of arthritis, because they may be treated with different medications.

Well, I'll try not to run on and on about this. Hahahahaha. It's on my mind a lot right now -- considering the pain, I guess...


Tags: 2013, ashley, computers-at-work, dinner, food, gout, it-manager, it-related, jeff, knee, knee-pain, kris, laptop, marilyn, my-documents, october-2013, pain, psoriasis, psoriatic-arthritis, treadmill, work

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