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Side effects

Well, I haven’t been responding pleasantly to the methotrexate I must take each Sunday.  I’ve been experiencing pounding headaches and nausea, and hearing from two other gals who have RA, they have said it is nasty stuff.  One of them even told me that she was told to take methotrexate during the evening with fattier foods so that the food coats your stomach so you won’t have near as bad of a reaction.  She also said it’s much better to sleep off the nausea.  I will try that method and if I don’t feel any better, I will be calling my Dr.

I was able to enjoy the fantastic 80 degree weather today by taking a brisk walk this afternoon.  I was fairly sleepy after work but made myself go.  It was nice to be able to soak up some sun, especially since I am low on Vitamin D.

I am still unable to find a nanny position, but haven’t given up.  I look almost each day for new posting’s and am determined that one of them will work out eventually!  God will provide 🙂

I had such a blast this past weekend with Matt and his family.  For our one year date, Matt and I went to a hibachi Japanese grill and had such a fun time watching the chef cook our meal right in front of us.  He did some really neat tricks, and we even caught food in our mouth.  Sounds weird, but if you’ve ever been, you know what I am speaking of.  I ordered chicken teriyaki, which came with rice, noodles, cooked vegetables, clear soup, and a small salad.  I even got some super easy-to-use chopsticks!

Until next time, soak up some sun!

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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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R & R

The past three days have not been all that great.  The temperatures are falling, therefore my pain has increased.

It’s important to remember that with rheumatoid arthritis, you NEED to rest and relax.  I’ve been quite busy so I haven’t had much ME time.  I haven’t been able to workout and walk like I had been when it was in the 70s and 80s.  I am finding myself mentally and physically drained at times throughout the day, but I must keep moving.  I watched my nephew Braden with my sister from about 4-6, then from 7-9:30 I watched my cousin.  Tomorrow I am making sure that I get a workout in, maybe even a walk, considering it’s supposed to jump back up to 70 degrees tomorrow.

I am interested to see if many other arthritis sufferers truly notice a difference when the weather changes.  I honestly just do not feel good.  My wrist was bothering me an exceptional amount on Sunday.  It was rather pathetic, but I insisted on not taking any tylenol.  I am quite stubborn when it comes to taking pain relievers/reducers because I am already taking plaquenil and folic acid, not to mention methotrexate as well on Sundays.  Also, my headaches have returned though I can probably peg those to allergies or sinuses.

Also, do any of you know of family members, friends, or perhaps yourself, who have benefited from living in a warmer area, that has much more consistent temperatures?  I have heard stories of people who suffer from arthritis in a cooler and rainy environment who actually feel much better if they move to a warm area.  Not that I can or want to move out of Ohio, but it is something I should consider for the future.

On a much brighter note, I had an incredible weekend!  I visited Matt in Columbus and had such a great time hanging out with friends who I am getting to know better each time I visit.  Matt and I were able to go on a date to Chipotle and then we went shopping which can always brighten my mood.  I am very thankful that Matt is a helpful shopper.  Instead of dragging through forever 21 with me, I would ask him his opinion on some of the pieces I liked and he let me know whether or not I should get them.

I’m looking forward to a better tomorrow, and attempting to keep a positive attitude.

Until next time, keep resting and feeling better.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Through my eyes

Well, I had another excellent day at work!  For those of you who are new, I work as Secretary at my church.  To my misfortune, I had the bright idea of changing the church signs this afternoon, which are located outside… P.S. the winds are crazy today.  Thankfully I didn’t lose any letters, but, the plexiglass window that covers the sign did bonk my head pretty hard and tried to close me in.  So glad no one drove by when that happened!  Below is a picture of my “nourishment” for the day.

Oh the weather outside is delightful!  I took advantage of this 65 degree sunny but windy day and took a walk with my mother.  Walking is such a simple and enjoyable form of exercise, especially for those with RA.  Too bad my ankle is protesting the walk.  My right elbow was also retaining some fluid this morning, but after using it to change the sign, the pain lessened!

TMNT!

Our first “reward” came in the mail!  My parents decided to use some rewards points that they earned by using their credit card, and mom chose this beautiful Crosley 5 in 1 entertainment center.

Until next time, keep walking!

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Cartwheels

Happy February!  So far, February has been positive, let’s hope it continues!

[ Thankfully I am still able to do normal everyday activities unlike many other RA sufferers, but the #1 thing I miss because of RA is doing cartwheels! So, if you can do a cart-wheel, do a few for me. ]

I wanted to share the calendars that I started this year.  I keep track of daily temperatures and pain levels/medication each day.  I’ve found it to be helpful and interesting.  Many believe that the weather is a major cause of pain with those who have arthritis.  They jokingly say that they can predict when the weather is going to change, or when it is going to rain by the soreness in their joints.  Well, it seems like when the temperature drastically changes, my knees swell.  I just so happen to live in Ohio, a state that is always unpredictable when it comes to weather.  Almost each time in January when the weather decided to be moody, my knees followed suit, though I can’t be absolutely sure that is the cause.  I will continue to keep record of the temps, and hopefully I can pinpoint which days I won’t be feeling so peppy.  I guess I am a meteorologist by default.

Basically, the arrows on the first calendar signify large temperature changes.  The most drastic temperature change in January happened on the 17th-18th, dropping 27 degrees.  The 18th also happened to be my most painful day of the month.  I found the correlations interesting to say the least.

On Feb. 1st I accidentally forgot to take my medications during dinner, so I decided to take them later in the evening after eating a bowl of cereal, since you are supposed to eat while taking them.  I’m not absolutely sure if this was the cause, but that night I developed a small itchy rash on my right cheek.  After looking at the side effects, I can’t really say that a rash was one of them, but I also can’t figure out what else would have caused it.  I was assuming it would continue to itch and spread across my face, but that never happened-phew!  Actually, today the rash is almost gone, so I will just have to pay attention if it happens again.  The picture below isn’t the best quality, but you can get an idea of what the rash looked like.

A few days ago I was able to workout at the YMCA with my friends Bre and Amanda.  I don’t have a pass unfortunately, so I went as Bre’s guest.  I honestly enjoyed working out so much, I wish I could go whenever I wanted to.  I was able to walk/jog on the treadmill for a half hour without pain, and we also walked around the gym.  I even attempted two weight equipments.  The next day however, I was definitely in all sorts of pain.  My right ankle was sore and my shoulders were unhappy with me, but it was worth it.  I realize I can’t push myself, but I can certainly endure moderate exercise.  Especially since I have RA, it is extremely important that I take care of my body.

Until next time, keep exercising!

1st Corinthians 6:19-20

Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.  So you must honor God with your body.”

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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