RheumaBlog

Same dragon, different day.

We had a great time celebrating Cary’s birthday yesterday. Just before our guests arrived I finally broke down and took some Tramadol for my hips and hands (why does taking narcotic-style painkillers always seem like such a moral defeat?). Well, I’m glad I did, anyway. It took the sharp edges off the hand-and-hip pain and …

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Oh arrrrghgh. Hips and hands hurt. Company coming soon. Cary’s 29th birthday. (How old does that make me??) So I’m making lasagna and salad, root beer floats for dessert (the first and last are her favorites; the middle one is for my conscience.) Just got the carpets vacuumed, things dusted and neatened, and yes, I …

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First, a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who commented on my post, “spoke too soon.” It’s really great to have such a kind circle of friends. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your compassion, encouragement and advice. As of today, the hip bursitis is much better than it was, though it’s still there. I …

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A couple of nights ago I was at the kitchen sink, a big artichoke from the garden in one hand and a pair of kitchen shears in the other, cutting the pointy tips off the ends of the artichoke’s petals in preparation for steaming. There was a plastic bag full of them, waiting for my …

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Naturally, within 24 hours of hooting like a fool in public about my wondrous lack of rheuma pain, I began hurting. Wouldn’t you know. I’m not religious, but the words “God is not mocked!” come immediately to mind (A leftover, perhaps, of many wriggly Sundays spent in church with my cousins when I was small. …

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For some of us, a sudden season of comfort has arrived, out-of-the-blue, unexpected, a daily, even hourly surprise. Cathy, Terry and Megan are all enjoying a holiday from serious pain these days. Others are, too. I am. It’s wonderful, but … But? How in the world could I question an extended break from rheuma pain? …

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Since you asked (and because he’s such a lovely young thing) here’s a photo of Shadow, our new family member. He’s a black Labrador retriever, about 15 months old. He’s gentle, friendly to a fault and surprisingly quiet-natured for a Lab, even though the only command he recognizes and responds to is “sit.” It works …

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Finally, summer seems to have arrived. I’ve spent about 12 hours over the last two days clipping, pulling wild blackberry canes and sweet peas, dandelions and scotch thistles, raking, pitch-forking the yard waste into the bin, and sweeping. I’ve planted some bright flowers here and there and weeded out and cleaned up the pots holding …

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