RA Blog Week 2018: The good, the bad, and the ugly…

I am proud to participate in the 4th annual RA Blog Week.  Thanks to Rick Phillips for organizing this event every year. Day 1 Prompt: The Medicine – Patients with autoimmune disease often are not treated well by Doctors and Pharmacists when we ask for or receive prescription pain medicine.  What has been your experience?   Share […]

Read More

As the list goes on…

In addition to my autoimmune arthritis and other chronic illnesses, I’ve written about my skin issues. Right before my diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome, I was diagnosed with a benign skin disease called DSAP (disseminated superficial actinic porokerotosis).  I basically get these little circles on my skin. They get hard and sometimes flake.  Over time, they […]

Read More

27 and counting…

Tomorrow marks my 27th year in a classroom.  I’ve had many different roles over the years.  My current role is as an speech-language pathologist in a public school system.  I love what I do.  Every job has it’s positive and negative aspects.  I love my helping my students become effective communicators, but I despise the […]

Read More

Yesterday…..

Yesterday, I tried to be normal.  Yesterday, I tried to ignore my diseases.  Yesterday, I had fun.  Yesterday, I overdid things.  Today, I’m paying for it. Yesterday was a busy day.  I worked both jobs until 6:30, then joined a group of friends for a “Ladies night” at a  wine and paint place.  I knew […]

Read More

For those who’ve been rejected…

I honestly don’t know where to start.  I just saw a headline about Aetna Insurance.  Basically, a former medical director, who was also a doctor, admitted under oath that he never read a patient’s chart before denying or approving coverage of treatments.  Instead, he followed what he stated was “Aetna training” in which nurses would […]

Read More

…..and all I got was a good parking spot.

While shopping, I overheard someone complaining how they needed to park in the handicapped spot at the drug store because they sprained their ankle and it hurt to walk.  A sprained ankle hurts like hell.  I get it.  You see my joints feel like they are sprained and/or broken most of the time.  They swell, […]

Read More

When it rains…..

So my heart is still aching over losing my cat, Isabella.  I’ve been having trouble sleeping. It’s so difficult holding an animal that you adore while they pass away.  Things got better when I knew her ashes were back home with my parents.  I know she had a good life, but not being able to […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

A needle in the haystack…

We survived our first round of acupuncture.  Georgia was very well behaved and seemed okay with having needles sticking out of her head.  The vet was thorough and really seemed to listen to me as I spoke about my concerns/fears/hopes.  I think it is a good fit.  Time will tell if Georgia benefits from this […]

Read More