Gold Coast Fun

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Hubby and I had an awesome weekend on the Gold Coast just gone to celebrate my 29th birthday! We enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Bazaar, the restaurant located inside QT Gold Coast, a whole lot of shopping at Harbour Town, Pacific Fair and Brisbane DFO, explored Sea World, ate and drank in true cowboy style at The Outback Spectacular and enjoyed the yummiest dessert ever at Max Brenner. It was a massive weekend of eating too much naughty food and spending way too much money on fun things but it was totally worth it!

Unfortunately, I really experienced how bad my stiffness and joint pain gets when I eat too much sugar and starch! After dinner on the Friday night it was really all downhill from there which drives the point home that I really need to obey doctors orders and cut out those things from my diet… at least until my drugs start working. So, back to reality and the healthy diet today.

Anyway, I really would recommend all the above activities if you ever visiting the Gold Coast. The only thing I probably wouldn’t do again would be the Outback Spectacular, we had a great time but it’s not really the best value for money… my hot tip there is that if you are visiting one of the theme parks, they offer discounted $65 tickets (instead of the $120 full price tickets). We inquired about this deal and was told that these cheaper tickets were ‘restricted viewing’ so we walked away and about 30mins later we got a phone call saying we could have regular unrestricted seating for the same price! Winner! šŸ™‚

Oh, I almost forgot! We also saw an Aussie star couple! Michelle Bridges and Commando happened to be staying in our hotel on the Saturday night. We saw them enter the lift we were coming out of and again at breakfast time on Sunday morning! Michelle looked super buff as always and commando just lookedĀ ripped! They were also so nice to the people that came up to them… I was too chicken! ha ha

Have a great week everyone!
Jen xoxo

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So, I’ve got Spondyloarthritis…

Hi all,

I visited Coast Joint CareĀ about a week ago in Maroochy Waters on the Sunshine Coast, QLD and he has diagnosed me with Spondyloarthritis. This condition is classified as arthritis that affects the spine but in reality affect joints throughout the body. I’m feeling a little more positive since I now know what is going on with my body but I am still frustrated that I can’t exercise and have trouble even enjoying the weekends with my husband because of the fatigue that comes along with the disease. YAY for afternoon naps though! šŸ˜‰

I have been put on 2 drugs, Celebrex, a strong anti-inflammatory and Sulfasalazine which was described by my specialist as an aspirinĀ that doesn’t thin the blood and an anti-biotic that doesn’t kill bacteria! Essentially this drug does nothing but for reasons that the medical community can’t figure out, this drug apparently works on arthritis. I have been told that this drug should take between 6-12 weeks to start working, I’ve just finished week 1 so I’m still yet to see any improvement.

If anyone is interested, at present I have a number of aliments… this includes a constant sore back, which varies between upper back, middle of the back and neck, a swollen and very sore right foot, intermittent joint pain in my right knee and ankle and a constant stiff and sore jaw joint/muscles. This last one is especially annoying as I am extremely limited in what I can eat – at present I’m only eating porridge for breakfast, soups for lunch and softer dinner foods like mince and boiled sausages in onion gravy with steamed veges (to make them soft). I really could deal with all the other pain other than the jaw and swollen foot but hopefully these new drugs will kick in and start to make a difference soon.

ImageOn a lighter note, I am off to the Gold Coast this weekend with hubby. It’s a belated birthday present to me, I plan on some major retail therapyĀ and hopefully spending a day at Sea World if my fatigue doesn’t take over first! We are staying at a hotel called QT… it is our favourite place to stay on the Gold Coast and has an awesome restaurant called Bazaar. I am really looking forward to it.

Anyway, I hope everyone has an excellent weekend!

Cheers,
Jen xoxo