Same dragon, different day.

Today’s an “OW! Damn!” day. Hands are their normal achy selves. No biggie. Used to that. Have it down. But now add on an excruciating BLAM of sharp finger-pain while 1) lifting a plate to rinse it off, or 2) grasping the edge of a pullover turtleneck to, well, pull it over. Or while stroking the cat. We won’t even talk about the language that issued forth when it was time to give said cat his pill. (He’s sweet, old, gets gold stars for being so cuddly from the techs at the vet’s office, has a kidney infection, and has to take an antibiotic for the next two weeks).

The language I’m using as I’m typing this isn’t pretty, either. I find cussing helps. Do you?

So. This seems like a wonderful day to pull those rheuma gloves on, curl up by the fire and enjoy my Kindle. I’m reading Steven King’s new book, “Under the Dome,” and just like all his best stories, I both can’t stop reading and wish I could…

16 thoughts on “Blue

  1. Sorry to hear that your hands are causing you so much trouble right now Wren. It seams that quite a few of us are on a down turn lately. I wonder, is it something in the air? I do hope you get some relief soon.


  2. Laurie says:

    So sorry your hands are causing such problems, Wren; hope you feel better soon.

    P.S. The cat looks so cute and cuddly; would love to have one of those right now!


  3. Wren says:

    Jo-Ann — I never really know what causes my RA to blast me one day and leave me be the next. We are about to get some rain again, so maybe it’s the barometric pressure?

    Laurie — Thanks for the kind wishes, Laurie. The ol’ cat is loving my inactivity; he thinks I exist as his personal pre-warmed furniture. WoooHooo to you on that Enbrel injection! I knew you’d do just fine with it.


  4. Jules says:

    I am so sorry you are having a rough hands day. I think I can handle pretty much anything else, but when my hands are miserable- you best believe the naughty words fly. And yes- it does make me feel better! LOL

    I hope you had a lovely day by the fire!


    1. Wren says:

      There’s something SO special about The Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television. They work when nothing else will. I had a nice day, thanks. Steven King scares me so good!


  5. RawSierra says:

    Hi Wren, well sorry about your hands..I just asked the Rheumy to cut mine off at the wrists the other day..he thinks I am kidding…but wrists and hands can be so excruciating. I hope you feel better! I just had my 2nd shot of cortisone in my booty and it did not work again. I am supposed to be popping 10mg’s of prednisone daily too, but I only take it when I need it really bad (which is everyday…lol).

    I hope you have a great weekend!



    1. Wren says:

      Cortisone and prednisone are meds I’ve never taken yet, Judy. From all I read, I’m not sure I want to, either. I’m sorry they’re not helping you right now, and I hope you’ll be able to get something soon that DOES. How can you hike when you can’t walk? Anyhow. Feel better soon. And thanks! You have a great weekend, too!


      1. RawSierra says:

        Hi Wren, well I walk okay, and my hiking is really just slow walking..lol. I do alot of my hiking adventures in pain, but I refuse to let the RA take me out..so to speak. My hands and wrists suffer by far the most compared to the rest of my body. I agree with you on the prednisone. I usually never take it but my flare in the past few months after I had a surgery has been super bad. I take enbrel and dont like taking that either. I was hoping that a raw diet might help ease my RA, so far it hasn’t, but I am going to give it more time. Have a great weekend.


  6. Cathy says:

    It is difficult with the hands and especially the fingers isn’t it? You try to be so careful with them and then they accidentally get pulled back and the pain is awful. A nice day cuddled up reading sounds perfect! Now, Stephen King, I don’t know about for me, but enjoy!


  7. WarmSocks says:

    (((Wren))), sorry to hear that. Curling up by the fire with a good book sounds like a terrific way to spend the day – but because you want to, not because you’re too miserable to do other stuff. I hope your rheumy gets more aggressive in your treatment plan so your days like this are few and far between.


  8. pollyannapenguin says:

    Sorry you’re having such a rotten time. ;o( Hurrah for the comfort of a good (if anti-pill-taking) cat. I should the language issuing from him has also not been too pretty lately.

    Not a big cusser personally, but a good general rant (with a few swear words sprinkled in) usually does the trick. Hubby, having read my R.A. Guy profile, said ‘You don’t rant’, but he’s just very patient and kind and it’s like water off a duck’s back. ;o)

    How’s the Kindle – we were just talking about them, and Apple i-Pads, a few minutes before I read your post. I rather fancy and i-Pad but not at £700, thank you! ;o)

    Really hope you’re feeling better soon!


  9. Helen says:

    Oh, yes. I swear a great deal and I think it does help, at least superficially.

    I’m sorry you’re feeling so rotten. Painful hands are the worst – I know exactly what you’re feeling, when even the touch of fabric to an effected joint is excruciating. I hope they improve soon.

    I’m thinking of you – hugs.



  10. Leslie says:

    Hey Wren….congrats on being nominated on your blog! I voted for ya 🙂 You were always sweet to post on my little blog I had even though it was short-lived! I may do another one….I thinking on it. I love your blog…keep up the good work! 🙂


  11. RA Guy says:

    I just moved “Under The Dome” from my bookshelf to my nightstand, and plan on starting to read it. Unlike you, I have the hardback version – and it’s huge! Here’s hoping that my hands are up to actually holding it so I can read. Hope your hands are doing better as well, thanks for all of your lovely posts.


  12. Andrea says:

    I’m sorry to hear that your hands are aching from arthritis. What exactly are rheuma gloves? Do you find that they provide comfort when you have a flare up? I use all sorts of mobility aids for my hands, such as ergonomic cooking utensils that help me move my hands better despite the RA. Hope you are feeling better!


  13. Wren says:

    Andrea – Hi, and thanks. My “rheuma gloves” are actually Thermaskin Gloves. They’re warm and flexible, but offer enough resistance to remind me to be careful when I have them on. Here’s a link (via RA Guy): http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/store/

    I’d love to hear about the mobility aids you use — which are really useful and which aren’t. Best to you — I hope you’re feeling good!


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