I had a rough couple weeks there but I seem to be relatively back to normal. Well, normal for me at least. I did my usual ice, short bursts of prednisone and ibuprofen routine but this flare just didn’t pass. I messaged my Rheumatologist and he was able to squeeze me in the following day(Friday).
When I saw the Doctor he examined my joints and said that the Humira had suddenly pooped out on me. The methotrexate was supposed to prevent developing a resistance to the biologic but I guess the dose wasn’t high enough for that. We talked for a bit and we decided to give Enbrel a try. He had his nurse walk me through my first injection of it as well as give me a steroid injection. I’m glad he threw that in because my wrists loosened up immediately. Two days later I’m off the prednisone and just taking a bit of Advil. Feeling alright. Much better, actually.
Sometimes I get concerned about my ability to do my job. It can be pretty physical, but as long as my joint swelling is under control I can totally handle it. That said, I have a really great job with cool people and I’m hesitant to mess with it. I know this will sound ridiculous but- I’ve worked at lots of places that are like a big family. Crabby’s is the first place I’ve worked where I actually felt like part of said family.
What else can I tell you about, whoever you may be? Shannon is going to Alaska for a lead role in a Shakespeare production. Very happy for him. I badly wanted to go but it makes sense for me to hold down the fort, care for the animals and work the summer. One huge development- GOING TO SEE IRON MAIDEN! Taking my buddy Justin to see Iron Maiden in Tampa for his Birthday. I am excited beyond words. My tickets should arrive in the next few days.
I’ve also become a bit more active on myrateam.com – It’s like Facebook, but for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I try to curtail how much I gripe about health issues on facebook and keep it entertaining. This blog and the aforementioned social network are where I prefer to spill my guts.
I usually keep myself together, but sometimes I get bad bouts of depression along with painsomnia. I’m happy to say this has not been a problem since getting my wellbutrin adjusted. Both with my RA and my Mental Issues, I sometimes feel like I’m too functional to be taken seriously. I mean, I’m pretty physically strong, but the difficult thing for me is accepting the fact that I have limits and boundaries. For most of my twenties I was pretty much unstoppable. Not so much anymore. People are surprised when I tell them about my health issues. I dunno. I guess all I’m saying is I’m reasonably strong but I’m more frail than I appear. I guess it comes with getting older.
On a side note- I got bored and live streamed my last Humira injection. It seemed to amuse a few people so I’m happy with it. The last two days since seeing the doctor have been great. Fruitful days of work, been catching up with dear friends and just plain enjoying myself. Had a lovely lunch Friday at the local Irish Pub with a couple of my Readers and Shannon 😉
That’s about all I have for now. Alive, content and pressing on.
Can’t ask for much else, eh?
PS- I saw this photo while I was browsing google images. I really like it. You never really have any idea what another person is going through.