There’s a thin line between bravery and stupidity and those of us who are saying they’re just going to ignore advice to self-isolate or socially distance and get on with their lives may be surprised to know that they’ve crossed it to the wrong side! COVID-19 is a pretty low risk disease to the vast … Continue reading There’s a thin line …
While I'm not a hippy-dippy-penguin-chickie, I do firmly believe that a positive attitude is helpful and makes one feel better than not having a positive attitude! After all, it's only common sense that if you go around feeling negative and responding negatively to things that happen all the time, you're going to put yourself in … Continue reading Reframing
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?
I'm on the antibiotics again! It feels as though since before Christmas I've either been on antibiotics for something or been having a flare! I reckon since November I've had two or three healthy days a month! It's nothing major (follow the asterisk if you're not easily grossed out)*, but nonetheless it's more antibiotics, which … Continue reading A little fed up!
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!
I've lost count of the number of studies I've participated in since I was diagnosed. I did one recently but I'm currently sworn to secrecy (kinda) so can't tell you about it! And on Thursday I shall be taking part in another one that has nothing to do with RA - it's a much more … Continue reading Another day, another study
Anyone remember the 'Cloudy with a Chance of Pain' study that I participated in some time ago? I also talked about it here. Well that was all the way back in 2016 but they had a huge amount of data to wade through, so the results only came out a couple of months ago. They had to … Continue reading Cloudy study