June 12, 2014

We did the San Diego Walk to Cure Arthritis last week. It was a lot of fun, great food, music, prizes, and very informative booths. There were a few hundred people there but I think it needs to be bigger. In a city the size of San Diego and with the millions of arthritis sufferers, we should have had better attendance. I've heard the annual December Jingle Bell Run/Walk is huge. We'll give that a try next.

I managed the 1-mile walk. Maddie ran the 3-mile and came in 2nd place overall, then suffered the foot/knee pain afterwards. It was worth it she says.

January 31, 2014

Sometimes we have those days where we ache so badly that nothing sounds good except to curl up on the sofa next to the fireplace and put on a good movie. Today is one of those days for me and I am so grateful that despite my crazy busy life, my schedule is remarkably clear for today only. So I will ignore the doctor's voice in my head telling me to get up, move around, stretch, and instead will heed my arthritis body that is longing for comfort and warmth. 

After a long period of a very dry and fairly warm winter, it is raining outside. I felt it coming on the past two days, the aches returning. And last night as the rain began to pour my joints felt it through extreme pain. Why does the rain affect me so?

January 04, 2014

I did my annual "take prednisone in December to make it through the season" trick. It worked yet again. Despite the weather changes, cold and rainy, I  continued to teach full-time and get Christmas ready for my family of 6, plus buy/make and ship gifts to other relatives and friends. I took the full dose for 2 weeks and the third week I cut the pills in half to ween off thinking that would help. Right! My first 2 days off the prednisone I was okay and then spent 4 days in bed. Maybe I have the flu or maybe it's just my body reacting to the lack of the good stuff. Each year I have the same dilemma, do I take the medicine to feel normal for 3 weeks knowing I'll be in the dumps for a few days after or just continue in pain as I attempt to make the Christmas season nice for my family? Each year I conclude that whatever side effects reveal themselves at the end, I at least got to enjoy 3 weeks of heavenly bliss (for me that means an almost pain-free life). 

Maddie was also on prednisone, starting hers in mid-November. She started flaring and as usual we had her on Naproxen right away. But then the sausage toe grew, and kept growing, and it was Nutcracker season. Maddie had been at the dance studio every day and couldn't let sausage toes get in the way. So the doctor said she needed the prednisone. She, like I, was fine while on it and then at the end of the ween-off she went into a little depression. Imagine a depressed 11-year-old. It was very real but thank heavens it only lasted a few days. This may feel like the miracle drug while we're taking it but oh my, what chaos it causes when we come off.