RheumaBlog

Same dragon, different day.

My sister, who lives in Santa Fe, NM, has been here for the last 10 days visiting Mom and I. We grabbed our aunt last week and the four of us headed for Monterey Monterey Bay Aquariumand Carmel-by-the-Sea again. We had a wonderful time visiting the Montery Bay Aquarium (fabulous, incredible place well worth visiting if you’ve never been there!) and eating some lovely meals out. But Mom woke up quite sick Friday morning, so we came on home. It turned out she had a urinary tract infection, a common ailment in the elderly. After a tough four days, and trying two different antibiotics, she’s finally on the mend. Seeing her today, all bright-eyed and bouncy, you’d never know she’d been sick enough to end up in an ambulance on her way to the local ER.

I’m a little bummed, now. I just took my sister back to the airport. I love it when we get together and wish we could do it more often. She’s such fun to have around! We spend most of our time laughing. 🙂

I sent her home with this:

Rocky is Jami's beloved, goofy, most amazing bull terrier in the world. He's getting up there in years (sort of like Stallone) but he's enjoying a second puppyhood at the moment. Go Rock! The drawing was done with watercolor pencils, colored pencils, and ink on watercolor paper.

Rocky is Jami’s beloved, goofy, most amazing bull terrier in the world. He’s getting up there in years (sort of like Stallone) but he’s enjoying a second puppyhood at the moment. Go Rock! The drawing was done with watercolor pencils, colored pencils, and ink on watercolor paper.

A couple of nights ago I tried my hand at scribble-interpretation for a Twitter group for illustrators. The talented illustrator who created #3yroldscribble has her 3-year-old son draw a scribble each week, which she then posts on Twitter. The challenge is to “see” something in the scribble, illustrate it, and post it back to Twitter, including the hashtag #3yroldscribble.

So, I went ahead an interpreted and art-ed my little heart out. I posted it on Twitter last night, the very first time I’ve posted something to an art group on social media. Fun! I’m looking forward to comments from the other illustrators, most (if not all) of whom are far more experienced than I.

Here it is:

Scribble Hippo. Watercolor pencil, colored pencil, and inck on Bristol paper.

Scribble Hippo. Watercolor pencil, colored pencil, and inck on Bristol paper.

My rheumatoid disease intruded frequently during our travels and didn’t let up much after we got home. It ached and throbbed in my hands and feet, but also showed up as sharp, intense, but brief pains in my right groin as I walked. That’s arthritis in the hip–oh, joy–a problem I haven’t had for a very long time. I ended up having to find a CVS where I could buy a cane (I’d left my old one at home, not expecting to need it). The new cane helped a lot.

Today, I’m still fighting my hands and feet. It gets old, doesn’t it. Tomorrow I’m finally seeing my new rheumatologist; I’m hoping to convince him to switch me to another biologic. At nearly five months, Enbrel still isn’t working and my RD is steadily worsening. With luck, my new doc will agree. If not, I guess I’ll have to finish the full six-month trial. Sigh.

New Art ChairBut hey, it’s all good. Today the new drafting chair I ordered arrived. I’ll delighted with it. Unfortunately, the first chair I bought for my drawing table wasn’t quite tall enough, forcing me to put a pillow under my backside, hoping to sit up a little higher. It didn’t work very well, and I finally had to admit defeat. So–a new chair. It’s perfect!

Here’s wishing everyone a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend. I’m ready for some autumn weather and colors, aren’t you? Thanks for reading!

 

7 thoughts on “Piping up again!

  1. J.G. Chayko says:

    I’m so glad to hear Mom is on the mend. It’s hard enough dealing with our own infirmity without the added worries of our loved ones. Sending you healing energy to those amazingly talented hands (just love those drawings) and hoping they will soon be colored with wellness xo

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  2. How lovely (except for that tacky dragon butting in!). Sounds like a great time with your sister and your artwork, especially the 3yroldscribble is wonderful! Hope you and your Mom are both on the mend and ready for new adventures!

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  3. mary says:

    Love, love, love that dog! Hope you are both feeling better soon and that your doc changes your biological.

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  4. Nicole C L says:

    If it helps, you’re not suffering alone. I’ve been suffering through some flareups recently thanks to a trip back to mom and dad’s.

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  5. Lene says:

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation and it gave me a flashback to 1991, when I visited the Bay Area. We did make it to Monterey and the aquarium and yes, it is absolutely amazing.
    About Enbrel. It’s enough. If I may gently suggest that you put your foot down hard and insist that it’s time to switch now. How much damage does he want to cause in your joints? PS there’s no chance of you looking for another rheumatologist? This guy is certainly not following the treat to target protocol.

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  6. Irma says:

    HI, Wren, your drawings are absolutely lovely. I wish you could visit my rheumy. Or that I could send him to you. It’s not so much the drugs he prescribes for me, as it is the listening art. He listens to me and meets me halfway, or all the way sometimes. Together we keep me going. If your doctor isn’t listening, then all the wonderful, expensive drugs in the world will not help if it’s not what you need right now. I hope you have a good visit and can come up with a proactive plan to send the dragon back to its miserable cave.

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  7. Hi Wren, great to get an update from you! Glad your mum is on the mend and that you had such a great time with your sister, although sorry you had to cut your trip short. Love your scribble hippo – I think he’s absolutely brilliant!

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