Worst fear…again….

COVID19 was a big part of my 2020. I’ve documented the death of my dad and uncle due to the virus. Both ended up in the hospital and rehab settings due to falls. That was pre-vaccines. Over the past two years, I’ve done all that I can to protect not only my immunocompromised self, but […]

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Rheumy Rounds™, part 2…

IFAA just put out the 2nd part of our first episode of Rheumy Rounds™, a breakout series from our ArthritisVoices360 podcast. In this episode we talk about the doctor/patient relationship. We also touched on what a patient expects to accomplish during visit as opposed to what a rheumatologist expect to accomplish during a visit. It’s […]

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Fa la la la la lazy…..

Christmas is in 4 days. Are my gifts wrapped? No. Am I packed? No. My decorations are minimal….and so is my Christmas spirit. My 2019 was extra crappy. Here is a little recap…. January: I started the year with a broken foot/non-weight bearing. On January 2, my cat tripped me and I ended up tearing […]

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Getting sick, while being sick…

Two weeks ago, I started with a dry cough.  After my bout with pneumonia, I watched it closely.  By the middle of the week, I felt wrecked.  Body aches, stuffy nose, sore throat, ear ache, etc. I called my doctor but they had no appointments until the following day.  My goal was to return to […]

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Making lemonade…

A year ago, I wrote a book about my dog, Georgia Grace.  Georgia is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lives with multiple, serious chronic illnesses including the top 3:  Syringomyelia, Chronic Valvular Heart Disease, and Diabetes.   I was told her life expectancy was three years.  Today, she is 10 years, 6 months and […]

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Daring to believe…

I just recently started to feel like my new medication is working.  It’s kind of shocking.  My pain level is so much more tolerable.  I still have pain, but I can make it all day without taking extra meds.  My swelling is also getting better.  I still swell when I overdo it, but for the […]

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Oh the places we will go…

I’ve not taken a proper vacation since my dog was diagnosed with diabetes.  I refused to leave her for over two years until this past September, when I traveled to Washington DC for 2 nights for a patient advocacy trip.  I admit that I was a wreck until I had her back in my arms. […]

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A senseless goodbye…

I lost someone I love to drug addiction.  It started with an addiction to prescription pain meds.  He injured his ankle years ago and struggled with the pain.  I figured out he was an addict after I had surgery to repair my broken ankle.  He asked me what medication I was given and I told […]

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I have what???

****I’m updating the story: I started with symptoms on a Tuesday.  Wednesday spiked a fever.  By Saturday, my fever was 102 and I broke down to see a doctor.  I woke up early Sunday morning to take care of Georgia’s insulin and meds.  Ate some toast and went back to bed to rest.  Woke up […]

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Inflammation motivation…

I recently read an article called:  “Chronic inflammation removes motivation by reducing dopamine in the brain.”  Reading the article was one of those “OMG this is me!!!” moments.  For the past few years, I just could not figure out where my motivation went.  Granted, I’m exhausted and in pain….but I have ZERO motivation for things […]

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