"Live life on purpose ~ not by accident" ~ Alicia

"When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there."
-- Author Unknown

"A laugh is a smile that bursts.” ~ Mary H. Waldrip

"Set your goals high and don't be deterred by those who say it is impossible." ~ Steve Fossett

"Our Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."
Jamie Paolinetti

"A day without laughter ~ is a day wasted"
Charlie Chaplin

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
— Martin Luther King Jr.

"Gratitude is an inner smile shared" ~ Alicia

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Just a little update for my friends

Hello my friends
How are you?
I have been doing ok...
yeah, just ok.

Had a couple of MRI's on my shoulders.
Yup.  I said a couple.  Both.  Not. Good.
Oh well, such is life with RA.
So, I had surgery in '08 before they knew ~
Now they are injecting into the socket to try
to calm down a torn labrum, inflammed bursa,
inflammed rotator cuff and impingement.
Then they will try to inject, under exray, the
right side (which was already operated on for the
above) which now has frayed rotator cuff, and the
other things.   Well, at least I know my body.
You should see my bruise.  Looks like I played a
bit of rugby!

So, I haven't written, frankly, because I have been
a bit down with my body, as you can imagine.  My
hands are numb every day now when I wake up.

Good news is that I got off MTX - and I didn't get on
the new drug the Rhuemy wanted me to.   I just couldn't
risk losing my hair and having my stomach bother me
every day.   Actually, I just wanted to be on something
stable for a few months before changing anything.  So I did.
I have.   I am glad I did.
I am also glad it isn't winter or spring.  Aren't you?

Now, I can hardly finish this blog, my arm hurts so bad.  I am
having a torrid affair with 2 heating pads ~ and spend time most
days in my beautiful Amish rocking chairs with said heating pads ~
and retired neighbors.    I chill with my pets, spray my flowers,
have my family water them, because I can't lift the darn water
bucket.   Sheesh.

During all of this, there have been a few shining stars,
that without their tireless support, love and help, I wouldn't
have made it.    This is a tough disease ~ invisible, unpredictable,
painful and just depletes you.

For my friends with RA, hang in there.   No poem today,
guess, I just wanted to say hello.   Catch up with you.
Let me know how you are and that you are ok.   You
have my email.  If not, I'll put it below.
Never, ever give up my friends.   We may not be what
we used to be...but maybe, just maybe, we will end up
better than we ever expected ~ doing things that feed
our soul and help others.

Healing hugs,