Bloodwork results and what they (might) mean.

I saw my GP this morning to get more pain meds, and to beg him for cortisone shots. He obliged on both counts, but not before telling me the time is coming for he and I to have a serious […]

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Update – rheumatologist appointment

My rheumatologist is not happy.  But there is not much she can do. Firstly though, she made it clear she wasn’t very happy with my neurologist.  He hadn’t reported back to her from my initial consult with him, almost eight […]

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The truth about Mother’s Day with Rheumatoid Arthritis

This year wasn’t great. I spent the morning at my mother’s house, celebrating with her.  That’s normal and that’s good. That’s what families do.  But those two hours were my only two hours today. People WILL NOT understand that. They […]

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Update: Neurologist Appointment

I have to get better at keeping the blog up to date. I have been lazy and writing on facebook, but not documenting things here on the blog.  It’s a great record of my health and it helps me remember […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and stomach problems?

For the last several weeks I’ve had major trouble eating.  Yep, eating. Sounds simple, right?  Feel hungry. Choose a food. Put it in your mouth. Chew. Swallow. Feel good! That’s the way it should work, but it hasn’t worked that […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and my daughter’s birthday and where there’s a will there’s a way

My daughter’s birthday was yesterday.  The plan was to shop until we dropped. And last year, the plan was the same. And we did. And I DID drop.  It took a full day to recover. It is traditional in our […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and five weeks off all meds except prednisone

Five weeks off all drugs except prednisone. Day 3 of 15mg of prednisone, and life is hard. I had to take a whole lot of extra oxycodone, washed down with red wine, to deal with the pain tonight. I just […]

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THIS is what Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus and Ankylosing Spondylisitis and Sjogren’s Syndrome and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease LOOK LIKE

I was just abused at my local shopping centre. Why?  Because I used a trolley for three grocery items.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and taking a break in the Sweet Spot

So I’m kinda in a sweet spot.  Hallelujah you say?  You betcha! I’ve been at 20mg of prednisone this week, and at 20mg the stabbing pains, the sudden screwdrivers and the constantly aching hands feet and knees return.  But it’s […]

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Conversation between a doctor and an intern in the surgical ward and ‘first do no harm’…not nothing!

So this is the conversation that I overheard.  It’s pretty short and sweet, but it speaks volumes and explains EVERYTHING about why I was treated so badly this day, and what is wrong with doctors and ERs and hospitals. I […]

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