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Same dragon, different day.

As you’ve probably noticed (!) I’ve changed RheumaBlog’s theme again. While I’m aware that it’s better to pick a “look” and leave it alone–the idea is to create a presence that’s consistent, one that your readers can trust–I keep getting bored with the “look” I’ve chosen. Sorry, readers. Here’s the thing: While the last theme …

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First, thank you, everyone. It’s so comforting to have such kind, concerned and empathetic friends out there. Your comments make me feel hugged and cared for. The one thing you can always be sure rheumatoid arthritis will do is change. When I was diagnosed 24 years ago, I had severe, almost daily and frequently disabling …

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Mom’s A/C has been fixed. A handsome young repairman showed up at 9:30 a.m. with a big smile, looked the kaput unit over and discovered that whoever installed it, new, last summer had neglected to do so correctly. They’d left some “plugs” in place despite stickered warnings all over the innards of the A/C unit …

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Mom and I get along pretty well, with one exception: she’s always cold—even now, in the dog days of summer—and I’m always too warm. Her townhouse has central air conditioning. Given her druthers, she’d keep the indoor temperature about 85 all the time. That’s waaay too warm for me. Given my druthers (and an unlimited …

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You know how it is. Life is smoothing out a little. You’re feeling rather comfortable and maybe even a bit self-satisfied. Everything is looking up and under control … and then it’s not any of those things and you wonder if it ever was as you flounder around, trying to right the world again. That’s …

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You’ve heard it: “May you live in interesting times.” Well, it’s been a little interesting around here the last few days. This last Saturday morning my mom started feeling nauseous; by Sunday afternoon, she was so ill she could barely move. She’d gone at least 48 hours without eating more than an Ensure milkshake I’d …

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