As My Joints Turn

My Autoimmune Soap Opera

2016 has not been my best year.  Just a few highlights:

  1. Dad had a stroke (he is thankfully doing well now)
  2. I was in a car accident in which my car was totaled and my neck was injured (lucky I wasn’t more seriously injured, but it really rocked my world for a while)
  3. I had to put my beloved 13 year old cat to sleep (See previous post Goodbye my Queen)
  4. My 5th biologic drug failed and I had some of the worst flares I’ve had in 9 years.
  5. My beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been diagnosed with a heart murmur (heart disease is the #1 killer of these precious dogs and she is already battling syringomyelia, hip dysplasia, arthritis, chronic dry eye, and now a heart murmur).
  6. Spent the holiday  with a sinus infection AND the stomach flu and could not begin my monthly doses of my new biologic on time. (just my luck)

Seriously, 2016 can’t end fast enough (in my humble opinion).

Through all of this, I always try to remain positive.  Granted, I had many mini-breakdowns along the way but I always try to remember things could always be worse.

I’m not big on resolutions, but now I have to get Georgia on a “heart-healthy diet”, so I figure I should do the same.  I’ve been on prednisone for almost a year and the weight gain has been significant.  A failing drug made it so hard for me to do daily living tasks like cooking and cleaning.  Take out is way easier when you can’t slice ingredients or wash dishes.  Exercise on swollen joints after working all day, just didn’t happen.  I couldn’t really control that, but now that prednisone and a failing biologic are in the past, it’s time to take control back.  I’ve let my health get away from me by focusing on all the negative things that happened throughout 2016.  In 2017, I’m planning a healthier me which hopefully will make a happier me.


#spoonies in parkas

Thank you for all of your support this past year.  I wish you and your families a happy and healthy 2017.  Due to the stomach bug, I’ll spend New Year’s Eve with my #spoonie dog, Georgia and my kittens, Milo and Jax on my couch.  The kittens will never replace my dear Lola, but they are filling that hole in my heart.  They are pretty cute, too.


The “terror” twins Milo and Jaxson


It is not the NYE I had planned, but like always, I know it could be worse.  So I’ll remain eternally optimistic that tomorrow will be a better day.  Happy New Year my #spoonie friends!



2 thoughts on “Goodbye to you…

  1. Rick Phillips says:

    Of course, i hope 2017 is much better. All I know is that we are most often judged by the company you keep and with those three animals you are keep excellent company. Happy New Years from Sheryl and myself!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Rick and Sheryl! Have a wonderful 2017!!


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