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
Well, we're still locked down and I'm just getting used to the various terminologies - I find that I am not 'self-isolating' because that's what people who have symptoms of COVID-19 have to do, but I am vulnerable, although I'm not shielding. 'Confused? You won't be, after the next episode of SOAP!' (Anyone else remember … Continue reading A quick update during lockdown
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!
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
So, after trying gluten free a while back after a number of people said it helped their arthritis symptoms, my personal findings were it did nothing, nada, zilch, zero, not a darned thing for my RA symptoms, such as they are - BUT I had a whole lot less stomach upsets than I used to. … Continue reading Low Immunoglobulin A
I've been doing well for ages - hence the quietness on the blog - nothing much to say - and suddenly BAM, out of the blue, I woke up yesterday morning with my usual left knee flare. Actually weather-wise it wasn't such a clear blue sky - we'd had a few beautiful days and yesterday … Continue reading Flare! Out of a clear blue sky …
I was just doing some snowdrop lifting (sounds a bit like sheep rustling but it isn't!) in preparation for an art class tomorrow and I managed some penguin landing instead - crash landing! Luckily I'm mostly fine - slight twinges in all the diodes down my right side, to misquote Douglas Adams, but certainly nothing … Continue reading Pride goes before a fall … ouch!