Show Grins

Hmmm this is the pronunciation of the Sjogren’s.
Today I had enough of the crazy way my eyes have been..dry gritty always sore and now my mouth is too..went back to the Doc and had a chat…he said considering the history I have with my arthritis and some other factors it was best to check my bloods..he said I may have Sjogren’s…awesome..
I headed up and had my bloods done and go back Monday for the results…I must say reading up on it seems to be very similar..whatever it is I wish my eyes felt better…i am struggling to read and taking photo’s is pretty irritating..
So if SHOWGRINS it is then I hope I can get some relief for my eyes…urghhh..

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58 thoughts on “Show Grins

  1. aaww my sweet friend. You hang in there. I’ll send you some healing vibes. And remember my offer still stands, I’ll be your seeing eye pig any time you need me. Oink snorts. XOXO – Bacon

    • Aww you sweet thang…notice the twang 🙂 I will be fine..and I will take you up on your offer indeedy..as has Nylablue also offered her services 🙂 I will wait and see (pardon the pun) what the Doc says on Monday..i might just be turning into an old fart as we say here 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx

  2. Hello bev you know I have been thinking Sjogren’s since this started. Did not want to say anything til you saw the Doc. Sjogren’s cannot be cured. The syptoms can be treated systemically. Meaning you can use eye drops/salve for the eyes & Biotene for dry Mouth. It is particularly annoying I can tell you!
    Make sure to stay hydrated because if it is Sjogren’s it can go into the bowels too.
    (I have a friend here with it so have learned alot from her).
    I am going to cross all my parts that it is NOT Show Grins; I would not wish this on anyone!
    Love Sherri-Ellen ❤ ❤

    • Yep I had been thinkning this on and off for years Sherri-Ellen as it has been happening for a long time..this time it has not gone..i feel dehydrated hahahaha ..and I always get a weird ringworm like blotch thing coming up in a few spots when my eyes are bad joy of joys..i have read a bit about treatments and hope if it is I can get something to just knock my eyes back to semi normal.this morning they feel ulcerated ad they are damn sore….big hugs and loves Bev xxx ❤ ❤

  3. I know how frustrating it is to not have a reason for why you are feeling so bad and then to be thrilled to have a name to put on it. However, I agree with Nylabluesmum and will wish for it not to be Sjogren’s as that sounds like a tough diagnosis to deal with. Sending lots of healing vibes.

    • Thanks sweets me too..i really dread the thought of trying to take photos with goggles on…..damn…I am such a visual person..hugs to you and thank you 🙂 xxx

  4. well there you go – we share something in common – I also have sjorgrens…..have had it for years along with Lupus. I don’t make any tears and have a constantly dry mouth. I can’t say I have found anything that really works long term for the eyes….most drops give an hour or two of relief and that is about it. Have tried restasis but found they burned for hours and made my eyes even worse. http://visianinfo.com/best-eye-drops-for-dry-eyes/ These are the best 3 I have found ::)

    • Lupus too..damn..that’s a rotten damn thing! trying to get diagnosis for that is also pretty hard,hubbies mum has it and a girlfriend.i have Fibro and Osteo and have been thinking there might be a connection..thankyou for the link once I get the results Monday I will at least hopefully be a able to be more proactive..my eyes are shot today they feel ulcered..mannn thanks for the info my sweets and I hope you are feeling better yourself…big hugs Bev xx

    • Pain in the neck..my eyes this morning feel ulcerated..i have had it on and off for years but this time it’s not going..look like I am drunk hahaah I get the look when go out…need a doggie hug 😉

  5. Oh Bev this is not good. I didn’t know you have had symptoms for so long…my friend you should have had this checked a long time ago….iif it is Sjogren’s it will be harder to treat the syptoms now. I am glad Reilly & Denny’s Mum gave you her top 3 picks for eye drops. Restasis does not work well on Sjogrens’ patients from what I have heard. I can imagine the discomfort you are felling this morning. Have you tired icing the eyes…I know it sounds weird but it might freeze them enought to releive some of the pain…just a thought….
    I wish I were there to help you!!!
    Sending virtual {{{{{hugs}}}}} & love, Sherri-Ellen ❤ ❤

    • Thanks sweets..i had been telling my previous Dr that I get this problem with my eyes at the same time my elbow joints start really aching and somewhere on my body get a disc shaped blotch that feels like sunburn…I am not real happy…I feel like they are ulcerated this morning and I am going to have brekkie and get a cool washcloth and drape it on them..i am so annoyed because I am having trouble taking pics and that’s my thing….I might try some ice too…I have been using drops but they do nothing..i was even taking Zyrtec because I thought I had developed an allergy to the cats and dogs..but nothing..and it’s making me tired urghhhhh thanks for the hug it really helps 🙂 Loves Bev xx ❤

  6. HAH you have the blotchy patches & the burning…sounds like Sjogren’s all right. My friend in building her has a weird shaped blotchy dry patch on inside of knee (that was replaced). It is red. I was worried the skin had died but no it is drying out. Cool washcloth to the eyes is a good idea.
    I remember you said you thought you had developed an allergy…but as the Zyrtec is doing nothing I think that can be ruled out. I am sorry the previous “Quacktor” (as Nylablue would say) did not listen to you! I know what that is like. The previous Doc b4 the one I have here said there was nothing wrong with me after my toboganning accident of ’93. I knew something was wrong & by ’99 was in a wheelchair. At least Dr Katie here has done everything she can to find out what was wwrong & to assist me to stay mobile…..
    Ok I am going to sign off. I do not want to irritate your eyes anymore than they are.
    (((HUGS))) Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue ❤ ❤

    • So glad your Dr is onto it my sweets..i have had these blotches since Brad was born….they come and go…always they burn..when I woke up the other morning I thought I had been bitten by something behind my thigh…whne I twisted double to look …nup another blotch…so sick of it..i just hope my eyes don’t get infected I know the outer corners of the lids are red dry and cracked and I did have a blotch on the eyelid that cracked..oh happy day..oh happy day…Loves TO YOU bev xx ❤ ❤

  7. Hi Bev: When I left Hamilton to move up here I got a new Doctor & I have had her 18 yrs. She will admite when she does not know something. I can go in with research & ideas for tests etc. She & i work together to keep me pasted together, hahaahaa…
    Oh Bev those blotches sound crummy & I am VERY worried about your eyelids/eyes/
    Have you checked if you have any Specialists in your area? You might need an Internist or Rheumatologist…
    Have you tried Polysporin ointment? It will not hurt & would probably hurt & it would lubricate your eyelids.
    Please take care my darling!!!
    Love ya Sherri-Ellen x0x0

    • Glad you have a good relationship with your Doctor 🙂 my new Doctor is a lot better than the one before..young and smart..like me bwahahhah…I will have to source a better Rheumatologist the one I had for my fibro was a rude man who cut me to a 5 minute 250 dollar consult that I sat in a car for a round trip of 4.5 hours in pain…hmmmm I will keep up with the drops have for now and suss out what happens on Monday 🙂 I will take care and you too sweets xx Love Bev xxx

  8. I am glad the new Family Doctor is more rescpetive & open to you. Mine is 2 years younger than me but she stays fairly current on meds etc.
    OH my G-D that Rheumy Doc soundz like the ChiroQuacktur!!! Do you have somewhere to report him to? He sounds like a quack & a jerk!!!
    I hope the drops are doing some good. I am so worried about you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love you madly.
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too

    • Yep I could report him but there is no point..i will take my money elsewhere and have bagged him to my Dr….the drops are not really doing much and this morning my eyes were pretty gross .I will be fine my sweets..tough cookie me..just keep plugging away..bore myself actually hahahahaah 🙂 loves ya madly back Bev xxxx.

  9. I hear tyou about reporting vs not reporting. I find the medical profession stick together & it takes so much effort to get anything taken care of when one lodges a complaint! Better to use your energy to get help you need.
    I am so sorry the drops are not working. You are FAR from boring you are so much like me Persistent/stubborn/bloody minded….right???
    I sincerely hope you have some osrt of a restful weekend. I still think Polysporin ointmint would not hurt ont he eyelids….(I am so worried…)
    Love you more madly! (Is that even possible?)
    Sherri-Ellen x0x0x0

    • I agree….not worth the effort at all…I have a new spray today and steroids……………………..urghhh say no more 😦 hahahaha Loves Bev xx ❤ ❤

  10. Not sure what rock I have been living under but I missed this post. Have you tried the dry eye ointment at night so that your eyes don’t dry out? At least it might give you some relief. I have to use it in the winter in just my left eye due to some damage from an infection.

      • I know, it’s the shits. I have ointment at night and drops during the day for winter and bad allergy season. I really worry since my job demands very fine threading of coronary balloons and stents onto wires thin as thread and some days I have a hard time seeing them.

      • Damn that must be so frustrating!! I am really cheesed off everything I do requires close up eye stuff..my photos my sewing my knitting..nothing life changing or demanding like you thankfully..but such a bloody pain..the spray I got had me wake up with sticky eyes..so one extreme to the other….

      • Sticky eye would really make me crabby(er) I am glad I use the ointment. Now off to bed since I am way past bedtime trying to catch up with everyone. I am running off to Vegas for 3 whole days (yeah!) Need a break from work and the stress so going to see my favorite band play at the Hard Rock and dance ’til I drop! So tomorrow is filled with work, packing and last minute chaos 🙂 You have a great week!

  11. Hi Bev I have fingers crossed the Steroid works & the eyedrops! How are you feeling now? Any improvement???
    Prayers going up for you!
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue ❤ ❤

  12. CRAP Bev!!!! Well I hope you aren’t crapping…I found I needed to eat bland food & no dairy to take the steroid med. I think the Doc should have given you more topical meds & not the oral meds. They can really cause trouble with stomach especially with Fibro.
    If you can speak with Pharmacist maybe he/she could suggest soemthing oTC to help keep stomach calm. I am so sorry this is happening to you!!!!
    Gentle {{{{{HUGS}}}}}
    Love Sherri-Ellen

    • Thanks sweets..think it may have een the cashews I ate bwahahaha as I am fine now..he wants to try and bang this on the head..he says if the week of steroids works then we will look at preventing flares…I don’t seem to get too many tummy probs with my fibro more muscle..mannn but my eyes are still a bit funky..not as bad so fingers crossed 🙂 loves and thanks Bev xxx ❤

  13. Really? I mean you are allergic to cashews?
    Well that is lovely….the steroids…I hope you can get thru a week of them!
    I am hoping this works. I am very concerned about you!
    Scary sh*t this Sjogren’s….& a pain in the you-know-where!
    Love Sherri-Ellen ❤ ❤

    • No but if I eat too many nuts my guts says whoa!!! ahaaa I should be fine..i wil just take one day at a time and see how we go….refuse to let my body dictate my life to me…;) Loves Bev xx ❤ ❤

  14. 😉 Oh now I understand! Steroids can be so harsh on stomach/bowels just like Anti-Inflammatories. I have virtually NO stomach lining due to all the Anti-Inflams of the 70’s & 80’s. If I knew what they would do to me I would have refused them…that was when I was first diagnosed. I put my faith in a Doctor who was a nice lady but a shite Doctor. Such is life.
    You are a strong woman Bev. My health & mobility (lack of) rule my Life now to a large extent. I have no fight left. So I live one day at a time too… 😉
    Love Sherri-Ellen ❤ ❤

  15. I was in so much pain I would have taken anything back then. I did not realize I was stuck with Fibro & Arthritis for life…(aka denial).
    Well I sure learned alot & I also found my eay out of denial.
    I have tried outsmarting but it judt takes one stupid move & I end up down!
    Like moving htat dresser last Thursday NOT wearing my knee BRACES!!! What a bonehead!!! What did I think would happen??? My knees are still pretty damn sore I can tell you & I can’t even walk in apt w/out brace on 😦
    BUMMER….sorry I di not mean to be a ‘downer’…..
    Love Sherri-Ellen x0

    • Ypu are not a downer my sweets an I do the same thing….and cuss myself out for not being sensible…I try and hang out pain wise as much as I can..i used to have a much higher threshold in fact a very high tolerance for pain..Fibro kicked that to the curb! you take care my sweets I am off to do chores and will be catching up on everyones bloggies tonight..:) loves Bev xx ❤ ❤

  16. Thanks for sharing this wild jorney with me 😉 It is sad you have Fibro etc. It is nice to have someone who understands tho’. I too had a high tolerance for pain. That changed once i got the Hyperostosis in 1999. I try to fight thte pain but some days it is not an option. Some days it is best to rest & not push myself.
    Toda I did go out for short walk. Have done dishes & a few chores. Have been reading blogs & doing replies tho’. Tomorrow is laundry & Pharmacy trip….so I hope to be well rested.
    Hope you had a good day my friend ❤
    Love you madly!
    Sherri-Ellen x0x0x0

    • Good you have a rest up…nothing worse than pushing yourself..says me bwahahaha 🙂 and yes I understand totally my sweets 🙂 Love you madly back Bev xx ❤ ❤

  17. Oh my looks at my spelling!!! Typing with only nite lites is not great for optimum typing 😉
    I did have a good rest & today I was able to tackle the dishes & then go to Laundromat to do 2 large loads of laundry & then a walk over to the Pharmacy for a script & some supplies….
    Got home & even put 1/2 laundry away!! I have had a good supper & am watching “Last Of The Summer Wine”…..
    All’s well that ends well, lol….
    How was your day Bev? I hope you are feeling better? Somewhat better? A little better??
    Love Sherri-Ellen 🙂

    • BWAHAAHAHA you need a miners helmut!! oh I watch ‘Last of the summer wine ” in the arvos hahahaha 🙂 tonight I am tired but had a busy day..you know the busy day where you kind of achieve nothing hahaha 🙂 loves Bev xxx

  18. ROFWL!!! Now THAT would work for me!! A miner’s helmet….. 🙂
    Love that show…longerst running Britcom! I wish I could meet a bunch of peepz like them & have so much fun….
    Oh I KNOW about THOSE busy days…
    I blew off the whole weekend & today I had to do the litterbox; clean the bathroom; clean the kitchen; do dishes; sweep & vacuum & finally put the laundry away….I am EXHAUSTED!!!!! At elast I got something done 😉
    How was your weekend?
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue ❤ ❤

    • Me too it’s a great show 🙂 I bet you are pooped..i am going through so many litterboxes each day due to the girls not leaving the warm house 🙂 I found some cheap big post at the landscape place and spent the weekend potting Hyacinths and Violas to cheer up the drab winter..weeded..mulched..made Boston baked beans ..made bread..did some knitting sewing and cleaning…busy indeed hahaha Loves BEV XXX ❤ ❤

  19. I can hardly imagine how you cope with so much pee & poop…hahahaha….I wish I had the energy 😉
    How do you manage to do so much?? My God woman you are SUPERHUMAN!!!!!
    I admire the socks off you!
    Love Sherri-Ellen ❤ ❤

    • I am no superhuman …urghhhhhh the trays are driving me battie! and I think I sent a linky of the yarn bombing in a private message on fb ..if not the pics are on my fb 🙂 Loves ya to the moon BEV XXX ❤ ❤

  20. You may not be superhuman but you are aces in my books!! I admire your spunk & determination….
    I bet the trya are driving you batty…I get frustrated sometimes but I then remind myself how difficult it is to keep things clean when the Bowel Disease is active….that puts it in perspective & I do not mind cleaning out her tray…solid poop is a delight!!! 😉
    Thanks for the pix on FB. if I do not get there tonite I shall check tomorrow. I want to clear all comments on WP tonite b4 bed. Maybe read a few blogs to…..a girl can hope…
    Love you sweetie, Sherri-Ellen x0x0x0

    • Hahahahahah we all live in hope urghghhh 🙂 you go girl I must go get on top of mine and do some stuff around here 🙂 Loves and hugs my darling Bev xxxx

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