RheumaBlog

Same dragon, different day.

As  you might have guessed, today’s post isn’t specifically about rheumatoid arthritis. It’s about my wee beasties. This is Logan. He’s a Queensland healer/border collie mix. He’s a bit over 13 years old now and he’s always been very shy about having his photo taken. He’ll sit still for it, if he must, but he’s very …

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It’s a little after 7 a.m. I’m waiting my turn in the bathroom (daughter is prepping for work, son-in-law-to-be is heading out with her on his way to a physical therapy appointment. When they’re done, I’ll dress in my workout clothes and head to the gym for my 45 minutes of strength-and-cardio training. I’m a …

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I’m no St. George but I’m hunting my old dragon just the same. Known long as Rheuma he’s wily-strong with blunt fangs of dull steel. Rheuma sneaks unseen from behind grocery carts and dogwoods. With malice he slinks from beneath my bed to curl in my joints. Clad in Arava bristle-armed with quiet anger I …

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RA Guy put up a post today about his recent, two-week-long battle with truly awful rheumatoid arthritis pain. Like most of us who have the disease, I understand and empathize with him as he writes about it, particularly the shoulder pain. I’ve been there. My shoulders were often the site of rheuma attacks. (Not so …

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I felt way too good yesterday. It was beautiful outside. Mid-60s, sunny, a hint of woodsmoke spicing the cool fall air. I spent the morning indoors, busy with my laptop, but after lunch I couldn’t stand it anymore. I had to get outside. I had to move. The wind-and-rain storms that blew through a few …

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I was up early this morning, heading for the local Curves gym. It was my first time there, and, I’m almost embarrassed to admit, my first time trying any sort of gym workout since I was in Germany. There I tried to take advantage of the Nautilus machines at the U.S. Army post gym, but …

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It’s one of those interesting autumn days when the sun and the clouds battle for dominance overhead. Indoors, the light from the windows shifts from yellow and warm to gray and cold, back and forth, back and forth. There’s a breeze that puffs up and moves the wind chimes enough to make zen-like notes that …

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, The old man is snoring. He went to bed and bumped his head And couldn’t get up in the morning. Water is falling from the gray sky here in the Sierra mountains of Northern California. I’m not an old man, I didn’t bump my head, and I got up this morning, …

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Today is World Arthritis Day. People with arthritis from around the world join together to make their voices heard on this day. The aims of World Arthritis Day are: To raise awareness of arthritis in all its forms among the medical community, people with arthritis and the general public; To influence public policy by making …

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