Jan 4, 2022

It has been really interesting to see how people have responded, learning that I have Covid. My own reaction was of shock and concern for my family after doing some more research about Omicron that my fears subsided. Because the Omicron Variant is mild compared to the first strain of Covid-19 and the Delta Variant. I am following my doctor’s recommendations, and I’m doing just fine.

When I started to inform my friends and family. Some of them thought I was going to be hospitalized, fighting for my life. Not what I wanted to hear, being at the sickest point with Covid. All it did was stress me out!

After that I decided not to get stressed out or worry about what might happen; I choose to focus on what I could do. I monitored my symptoms and after my fever broke I am getting better.

I have been getting my rest, taking over-the-counter medicine, and the biggest that has helped is taking my inhalers.

Anemia

I want to give a quick update about what’s been happening. I have been dealing with severe anemia again.

My iron is extremely low in my body, making me feel run down exhausted, be dizziness, and concentration is difficult. I am handling everything day by day.

My doctor believes somewhere internally that my body is losing a little bit of blood whether that’s in my digestive track or being caused by my menstrual cycle is yet to be determined.

I’m in the process now of getting tests done and being referred to other doctors to determine the causes of my anemia. I will be starting iron infusions in the next couple of weeks, which I’m hoping it will be next week. Until then I’m just taking it easy.

Here are the links to my podcasts:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Fridays-Topic-anemia-Dec-3–2021-e1b7gbc

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Fridays-Topic-update-on-my-Anemia-Dec-10–2021-e1bht9j

Oct 13, 2021

Yesterday, I received my infusion, and the flare-up is over! I am feeling much better. Now, I need to get back into my schedule and start to exercise again. So, I will be working on that this week.

I am blessed to have found a biologic that works for me. There are others with RA that it takes trying different medications to find what works for them.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an nasty disease and it affects everyone differently.

October Flare-up Day Two

Here’s a link if you would prefer to listen:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Day-4-of-the-Flare-up-of-Rheumatoid-Arthritis-e18jgt5/a-a6m6rkn

Well, it is day two of my flare-up dealing with the RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). I am feeling a little bit better than yesterday, and I was able to get my laundry done last night; so that was a huge win in my favor. I talk to my rheumatologist’s office staff and I’m able to get my infusion next week. Hip hip hooray! Now, it’s just surviving until next week to get my meds.

So I’m glad I’m getting my infusion next week. My left ankle joint feels like it is on fire it and it is hurting all the time, and there’s nothing that doesn’t stop the pain unless I’m sleeping. Today, my hips starting are aching. I have been taking extra meds over-the-counter to help with the pain, especially at night. To be honest, this is just my life when I have a flare-up. I’m just doing the basic things to get through my day until I get my infusion.

I am focusing on what I can do instead of what I can’t. And my attitude helps a lot when dealing with a bad flare that’s trying to get worse. If I sit here and focused on what I cannot do I would be so depressed. That I would find myself in a dark place that I don’t want to be. And I find it helps me to focus on what I can do especially when I’m in a lot of pain. So what am I doing? I am working on my blog right now, I plan to read a book later today, and if I feel up to it I am planning to work on a new story outline it’s going through my head. I am focusing on tasks it does not take a lot of energy and where I can sit and do not affect my joints that much. And tonight I’ll probably watch TV again. Perhaps a movie 🎥. So basically the tasks that I’m doing are not putting a lot of stress on my joints or causing me pain.

I’m prioritizing tasks that must get done. I took out the garbage this morning. I am doing tasks that need to get done that can’t wait because I’m in survival mode.

I don’t care that the dishes are not done or my house is messy and cluttered. Or am I’m still in my pajamas. Right now, it’s about me taking care of myself independently to the best of my ability despite having pain. That means that I have to let other things go until I am feeling better.