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…
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
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
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
I've been contacted by a scientist at the University of Ferrara who is looking into whether Plaquenil, also known as Aralan, chloroquine or hydroxychlroquine, can help with COVID-19/coronovirus. Please re-post, write your own version or whatever, if you blog, to get as many people filling this is as we can! Please take the survey here, even … Continue reading Survey about COVID-19 and Plaquenel
Perhaps it was karma, super-fast delivery thereof? I was waiting to go into the bank this morning and an elderly couple were coming down the steps, and taking up the full width so I couldn't get in. Of course I waited, but they were chatting and stopping to examine the handrail (which looked absolutely fine … Continue reading Irritation cometh before a fall?
So it's been about three weeks since the latest knee flare-ette started and I think 'doing something radical' actually did the trick - OK, it's taken three weeks whereas if I go and squawk loudly enough at the doc it might mean I get steroids or an aspiration or whatever and it reduces it to … Continue reading Knee update – on the mend
The NHS consists (partially) of area-based (geographical area that is) Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), who can decide to some extent whether patients are given particular treatments, and exactly what those treatments are. They are basically the budget holders for the geographical area... as I understand it, and my understanding is not great here i confess. … Continue reading Access to biologics in the UK
I'm feeling so much better today that the trick for today is going to be carrying on with all the sensible things I was doing yesterday and not just going, 'Oh, it's OK now, I don't need to bother to rest the leg!' One thing I didn't add yesterday, although it was implied with Hottie, … Continue reading The trick for today…
So, instead of waiting until my knee flare goes from flarette to full-blown bad-ass flare, while doing absolutely nothing about it, and then saying, 'Oh gosh, I should really read my old blog posts, I always forget there are things I can do', I decided not to be the same ol' numpty this time, and … Continue reading Doing something radical!