Another rainy day in Billings although when I took Emmi out for an early morning walk both the dog and I slipped and slid around a few blocks, the streets and sidewalks were extremely icy.
So, the rheumatologist is almost certain Michael has rheumatoid arthritis and almost certain he does not have gout—so do we know or do we not?? To be serious, the doctor did aspirate one of Michael’s hand joints and there were no uric acid crystals which is usually a clear indication gout is not present. Michael’s MRI showed he has “erosions” of significant size in many of his hand and wrist joints and one of the causes of these “erosions” is rheumatoid arthritis. We are glad a diagnosis even if it is a tentative one has been made—tentative depending on whether the medications help.
One more doctor’s appointment tomorrow and then Michael says he hopes doctor’s are not on his appointment calendar for a while!
Got all my gray covered up this afternoon and about 1pm tomorrow we hope this rig is heading for warmer country. Weather any direction we may head is not the best but we will cope!
Thank you all again for your prayers and thoughts about Michael, we appreciate it beyond words!