Arthritis & Fun Discovery at the Archives!

by Christine on October 14th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

This morning I had a doctor’s appointment with my GP. I hadn’t seen her in about 9 months or so, and boy was she astonished to see my weight loss! She said a number of times that she is “very proud” of me, which felt so good to hear someone say! She knows how hard and how long I struggled to lose weight before my surgery.  She told me, “I hope you don’t plan on losing any more weight,” to which I said, “Only five more pounds! I want to make it to 100 pounds lost, even!” She said that is fine, but doesn’t recommend losing much more than that. That’s a first for me….hearing my doctor tell me that I don’t NEED to lose any more weight! Weird!

I had a whole list of things to talk about with her, one of which has been my achy knees. My knees crack and pop all over the place, and I’ve always known that I would get arthritis someday in the joints. I just never realized that it would be so soon! She told me that I do indeed have arthritis, but that certain exercises, such as a stationary bicycle (with low resistance) would help file away some of the bones that are scraping together and could actually make my knees feel BETTER. I’m glad I brought it up so I could hear suggestions like that!

She also took my blood to examine my nutritional levels (I have concerns about this, since I eat so little these days) and my thyroid levels.

After that, I went to a local museum and historical preservation center to gather info for my book. I’m researching a masterpiece of architecture, the Old Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs.  Today’s research was so productive! For starters, I believe I have discovered that the architecture of the Grand Union hotel was a total rip-off of another area hotel! I got to browse through the hotel register for that original hotel (the Sans Souci) and I found all kinds of interesting tidbits in that book. Dating back to 1803 or thereabouts, the hotel registered even showed the owner of the hotel paying for his hotel room, wine, and cigars. No freebies for him, even though he was the owner! What a riot! The historian didn’t even know about that entry, and she was eager to check it out.  I also found proof that the wife of the Grand Union owner visited the Sans Souci at paid for dinner there, at least once.

Geek stuff, I know, but it’s totally fascinating for me.

The Grand Union hotel is where the country’s most elite came to stay and play. From the very beginning, princes and presidents came to stay there. Later in the 1800s, the hotel is where the Carnegies, Rockafellers, Astors, Vanderbilts all came to indulge in the casino, the race track, the theater, and general socializing and LOTS of debauchery. It’s where the biggest business deals in the history of the United States were made. Pics of the beautiful Grand Union Hotel:

Grand Union Hotel

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  • Claynlesia

    hope your blood work comes back great! smile.

  • http://notyouraveragegal.blogspot.com Aboveaveragegal

    My knees crack and pop all the time too – sounds just like my symptoms! Sometimes they “catch” when I walk and it can be so very painful. The doc said I have arthritis, but I can’t get anyone to really tell me what causes that and if I can make it go away…I might have to try the stationary bicycle thing…that makes total sense.

    Very cool old postcards and photos! That’s fun research. My husband would have a fit – he has a degree in history and, of course, loves that stuff.

  • Dr. Fatty

    I love cool geeky history stuff. So jealous. I was here in the office dealing with….well…doctor stuff. Ugh.

  • Dr. Fatty

    I love cool geeky history stuff. So jealous. I was here in the office dealing with….well…doctor stuff. Ugh.

  • spunkysuzi

    Know what you mean by creaky knees i’ve had arthritis since i was 22! My doctor always says move it or lose it!!
    Hope all your tests come back with good results!

  • Shane g.

    oh the creaky knees. I had them bad before all this started. Now I am pretty good. My dad’s side of the family has RA really bad, so I figure it is coming.

    I love history geek stuff, keep it coming!!

  • Jane

    It sounds as though having the band was the right decision for you. What a great weight loss! I am also a history buff, so I loved your vintage photos and research. I’m new to your blog, so I don’t know if you shared information about your book, but I’d be interested .

  • Cara

    Isn’t it a blast when the doc tells you to stop losing weight. Happened to me too – and its something I had trouble coming to terms with (a little lol)

  • Band Groupie

    Very cool! I LOVE history! You’ll be gettin the ‘too skinny’ comments soon…it will blow your mind LOL!

  • Debbie Lowe

    It is great I know to hear a doctor say that we look good. You have done great and you are an inspiration to me and a lot of other bloggers..