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.

Oct 7, 2021

Here’s a link if you prefer to listen:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Oct-7–2021-e18jgt2/a-a6m6r1j

Today, I am dealing with a flare-up from the RA. And it’s taking a lot out of me. My hands, my elbows, my knees, and my ankles are all hurting constantly. I took my regular medication this morning I’m feeling a little bit better but not that much. I’m surprised I have some energy but I’m thinking it is from the prednisone that I took yesterday before I went to hand therapy.

If I didn’t take the prednisone yesterday I don’t think I’d be out of bed today. I would just be doing the bare necessities and not trying to get my laundry done. My rheumatologist doesn’t like me to take them all the time only when it’s absolutely necessary. Because of the side effects from it. And I agree with her on that.

Right now it just hurts to move even with the slightest movement my joints are aching and throbbing. Over the years, I’ve trained myself to move despite the pain but there comes a time after a while I need something to take away the pain. The reason why am in so much pain it’s because I didn’t get my biological medicine because I’ve been so sick. So I’m trying to move up my appointment for this month to get my medicine.

#RAStrong #RAWarrior

September 18, 2021

I’m gonna keep this post short because I’m still not feeling well. I am improving, slowly. Anyway, I want to explain why what is going on.

For most of September, I have been dealing with a lot of mucus caused by my sinuses. It is also ragweed season where I live, and I was exposed to someone who was sick with something. So it is a combination of the perfect sickness storm.

I went to urgent care about a week ago, and I was tested for Covid and the flu which were both negative. After a few days after my visit, then I called and made an appointment with my primary doctor. And she decided that she wanted to test me for Covid again. I’m still waiting for the results from that test but I also believe that that test will also be negative as well.

If I would’ve treated my early symptoms of a sinus infection by having antibiotics in the beginning I would not be this bad. That’s my own fault. But the reason I was hesitant was because of all of the Covid protocols. But I have learned my lesson on that. And now it’s just gonna take some time to get the mucus out of my chest and to get back to my normal.

Update: My second Covid test was negative.