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Blame it on the weather

I unintentionally took a break from blogging, my apologies.  When you have a head cold, typing a post isn’t at the top of your “to-do” list.  For the most part, I have recovered, minus a semi-stuffy nose.  Unfortunately, last week I experienced a major flare up.  I was feeling terrible and did a lot of sleeping.  Not sure if my right wrist (the one that is almost bone on bone) has gotten worse, but, now I am able to actually feel the bones rub against each other when I bend my wrist…yippee.

I have successfully been transferred to a different rheumatologist as of last week.  I switched simply because of distance.  I am anxious to meet my new Dr. and hope he is as great as my previous one.  My appointment will be on April 24th.  I am assuming the appt. will include getting blood work done and new patient questionnaire’s.  I will keep you all updated!

I still am convinced the weather caused my flare up.  While Matt and I were traveling for our date night, we saw a few snowflakes.  Not too long ago I was wearing shorts and sandals.  Major weather mood swing.  We decided to dine at Cheddar’s, and celebrated our 11th month together!  *insert applause*

My favorite purchase this week:

The result:

I was in need of new mascara and after searching high and low, I found a new favorite.  I highly recommend this if you are looking to try out a new mascara.  I even got a compliment as I was picking up my medication from the receptionist who exclaimed, “I like your eye makeup! It looks nice!” *score

Until next time, go on a fun date 🙂


Posted by on April 11, 2012 in My battle with RA


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Raise your hand if you have a cold

A rather unfortunate dilemma I’ve had to learn to accept and deal with since having rheumatoid arthritis is that when I get a cold, it comes with a vengeance.  Since my immune system is already weakened because it is attacking itself, I feel much worse off than a “healthy” person with an immune system that is not in “overdrive” when experiencing a cold.  I blame the ever-so-moody weather changes for this cold.

I found an article on that gives an accurate description of what a person with RA deals with, concerning their immune system.

“In people without rheumatoid arthritis, healthy immune cells called macrophages fight off infection and then die themselves. But in people with rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system is basically always “on,” not shutting down after fighting infection. The macrophages stay alive and produce noxious materials that build up in the joints, bones and cartilage.”

Sunday night I noticed that I hadn’t reacted very well to the medications I took during dinner.  It began as I was sitting in church, listening to the Pastor speak, but was bothered by an upset stomach and headache.  Ever have that feeling where you just KNOW something isn’t right and you can sense a cold is approaching?  Yeah, me too, unfortunately.  Monday morning rolled in and my headache intensified, along with swollen lymph nodes around my neck.  I feel fortunate because it has been quite some time since I’ve had a cold, so I guess I was due.  This morning I woke up with a very sore and sensitive left eye.  It honestly felt like it was bulging, so I wasn’t surprised when I looked in the mirror and saw that it was blood-shot due from all of the pressure I have been feeling in my head.  I will spare you the rest of the details about my eye and just tell you that it’s a “wear your glasses” kind of day for me.  (So, I was writing this post earlier and now that I have time to write again, I am now bogged down with a double eye infection….i’m thinking it’s pinkeye…EWW!)

I guess the best possible decision for me to make is: REST & stay away from everyone- QUARANTINE TIME

Having a cold isn’t all that bad, right?  Pro’s include:

  • laying around watching “The Sandlot” or “Dumb and Dumber”
  • consuming large amounts of freezer pops
  • family members cater to your needs
  • taking lots of naps
  • wearing pj’s all day

The least I can do is stay positive and happy despite feeling miserable.

Until next time, keep fighting off those colds!


Posted by on April 3, 2012 in My battle with RA


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