Obviously the past tense gives away the 'but' that comes next! Last Friday hubby and I decided to go for a little walk in one of the local villages. The weather was pretty horrid but I felt very virtuous going out anyway, fully suited and booted for the weather. Unfortunately the boots were what caused … Continue reading Things were going so well …
An ‘interesting’ 55th birthday!
Well, it's been over two years since I had a serious flare, which is why I've pretty much abandoned this blog, and I don't suppose anyone is now reading it, but it's a useful diary for me to look back on, so I'll update it! That all changed about three weeks ago, when the minimal … Continue reading An ‘interesting’ 55th birthday!
Well, I've had my vaccine. Hurrah! As usual the surgery messed up. A few weeks ago, realising that they might phone me to try to sort the vaccine out, I thought 'Gosh, I rarely answer the home phone - better make sure they use my mobile' so I filled in their online form to update … Continue reading Vaccine
Another flare, another existential crisis…
OK, I'm exaggerating. The flare is real, the existential crisis not so much, but I am wondering whether to continue this blog, as all I do these days is post occasionally to say, 'Hi guys I'm flaring' and then not post for months because I have nothing to say about RA, thanks to being pretty … Continue reading Another flare, another existential crisis…
RA Awareness Week
Next week is RA Awareness Week in the UK and the busy bees at the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society have created a series of wellbeing sessions under the banner #ourmindsRApriority - I do like RApriority ... 🙂 You can sign up for free sessions here. I'm feeling pretty lucky at the moment - I'm OK … Continue reading RA Awareness Week
Flare finally over – woohoo!
Since I started the steroids a couple of weeks ago, I've been ticking of little milestones: today I can bend the leg a bit, today I managed to walk round the garden ... and bigger ones, today I stopped using my stick, today I made it onto my favorite local footpath ... but today's milestone … Continue reading Flare finally over – woohoo!
Here comes the cavalry
Well, if you read this blog much you’ll have an idea I’ve been flaring, semi-flaring, recovering from flares and going into new flares, for a wee while now. (Or not - 'cause I realise I've failed to actually post about most of it!) I was quite shocked to find, when I did a little history, … Continue reading Here comes the cavalry
This is what I have to put up with
There's just one problem with the top notice on the side door of my GP surgery, below: Did you guess? No, I wasn't picking up on anything grammatical - although I could... This door IS the different entrance you'll be using. I think they meant to stick the notice on the main door instead. <Insert … Continue reading This is what I have to put up with
Shielding letter: Part 2
This is that rare thing, Pollyanna Penguin trying to stay calm, measured and reasonable, and not 'fly off the handle' at the GP, since I don't particularly want to get thrown off the practice register. (Although if the practice up the road with the much better reputation would take me, that would be a blessing … Continue reading Shielding letter: Part 2
Here in the UK there are two categories of 'vulnerability' to COVID-19, 'vulnerable' and 'shielding'. I've known I was in the vulnerable category from day 1 - in fact before day 1 of the lockdown. From a week or so before lockdown I was already practicing 'social distancing' and not going into shops etc. because … Continue reading Shielding letter