I’m back in Florida after a glorious almost two weeks in lovely Alaska. Met some really cool people, enjoyed the scenery and just freaking relaxed in the boonies. Even encountered a Moose on my last day of the trip.
Shannon’s parents were nice enough to let me use their big-ass Diesel Chevy truck to explore Fairbanks and the surrounding area. Driving up there is an immense experience. The roads are SO steep and twisty and there are many places where you barely touch the gas pedal and just let gravity do it’s job.
The trip was not all play as Shannon’s eye procedures went quite well and only slowed us down a day or two. As for myself I started flaring up a couple days after we arrived. Not sure if the traveling wore me down or what but my hands were pretty sore and my elbows and wrists were rather swollen. In a stroke of brilliance I remembered to pack my bottle of prednisone even though I was certain I wouldn’t need it. I had been prescribed the steroid when I was first diagnosed and it gave me amazing relief. Not for long term use, though. After that the Rheumatologist said we would wait and see if the inflammation and swelling came back without the prednisone. It sure enough did so my first day back in Florida my Doctor prescribed my first DMARD (Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drug/ Immune Suppressant ) in the form of Arava. I had some stomach pain the first couple of days but it seems to have passed as long as I take it with food. So now we wait a month or two and then I get a liver panel and we see how well my body is tolerating it. I’m also taking Tylenol and Motrin along with my usual cocktail.
So yeah, after a few years of complaining about my joints to various doctors I’m finally getting treated for what has been diagnosed as Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’m not too worried about side effects outside of hair loss. That one is a bit intimidating. We shall see.
Not much has changed mentally, I’m in a good place and mean to keep it that way. I leave you with a cute cartoon and the sincere hope I don’t get sued for using it