Looking forward to a long winter’s nap…

It’s been a rough couple of weeks.  The dog’s diabetes diagnosis (see my previous blog It’s been a while…) and the stress of handling it caused me to flare HARD.  A medrol dose of prednisone and a lot of rest has gotten me in better shape.  I don’t feel great, but then again, I never feel great.  I guess the perfect word to describe how I feel is “meh”.  How sad is it that “meh” is my new normal.  I am trying to be optimistic that my new-is biologic will get me back to where I was a few weeks ago.  Time will tell.  I’m getting used to my new morning routine with Georgia.  Getting up earlier than usual is hard, but it’s going ok.  Her diabetes is slowly becoming manageable.  She is back to her bossy and funny self.  She even chased a cat the other day.  She’s getting treatment that she needs and it’s obvious how good she is feeling.  Oh how I wish that could happen with me.

I’m excited to have 10 days off over the holidays.  I will visit with my family and friends and try to rest a lot.  I usually write lists about what I am going to accomplish, but this time, I’m writing list of things I am going to accomplish from my childhood bedroom in my parents house.

  • Binge watch Stranger Things and the Flash
  • Read a book or two
  • Nap
  • Avoid watching the news
  • Nap
  • Work on Georgia’s book
  • Nap
  • Nap
  • Nap

In years past, I would take a trip, go shopping at outlets, and do dinner and drinks with friends every night.  I still hope to do some of those things…..after a nice long nap!

Thank you to everyone for your support of this blog.  It means so much.  If wish you all a happy holiday season no matter what you celebrate.  I also hope you have a happy, healthy, and pain free 2018!



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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

2 thoughts on “Looking forward to a long winter’s nap…

  1. I hope you have a great nap or two or ten. I hope the little pup does well with diabetes. int he diabetes community we call moms and partners and spouses or anyone who helps us out our type 3’s. I think you have earned the respect the title bestows.

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