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RA the long haul

July 16th, 2007

I have been neglectful of my blog the last 2 weeks.  I guess part of it was a disapointment that noone has joined to tell me their story or to just say hello, send words of encouragement etc….but I realized that this is not the reason I should be doing this.  In the long run this journal may one day benefit other people in just knowing what to expect on their own journey.

 So, the last couple of weeks have been sort of non-eventful. Carolyn had bronchitis so we missed a couple of treatments.  The surprising thing was that I had triple the stress the last couple of weeks and I didn’t have a back slide.  A little more trouble sleeping but I didn’t feel like I had been run over by a mack truck.  It was so good to know that my treatment was holding up to pressure.

I did have a treatment yesterday and we did some acupuncture and the jmt and talked a lot about how I am feeling etc…Carolyn asked me what percentage i thought i was at in treatment and I told her 60%.  I really feel that I am a little more than half way to my full recovery.  I was very tired after my treatment yesterday and slept like a log last night.  I feel pretty good this morning.  I believe!! 

RA update

June 18th, 2007


 It has been a little bit since I wrote.  I have been super busy at home and with work.  The good news is, I feel pretty good.  I was unable to have a Dr’s appt. last week because of an emergency and I was concerned that maybe I would go backwards.  I didn’t. 

I noticed that with the summer rains I am more swollen but the pain that usually accompanies this is more than tolerable.  This past weekend I went to an event with my husband and we walked quite a ways.  20 blocks or so there and back.  The last time I walked that far I was dying before we even got to the location and then I was able to sit for a few hours and recover and then walk back which was excruciating.  This outing I walked to the event with minimal discomfort.  Then we walked around and I also had to stand for a while and I did okay.  The standing did start to become a bit painful and uncomfortable but as soon as I started moving again I was okay.  The walk back was fine as well.  Don’t get me wrong, I needed to rest and my feet were tired when we got home but so different from the time before.  I was elated.  If anything, the Florida heat was more bothersome than walking.  I never thought to be able to say that.

 I see Carolyn and Judy tomorrow and can’t wait to tell them.  I believe.

RA and the weather….

June 4th, 2007

Well, it has been a couple of days since i logged on.  I have been busy busy.  Work has been non-stop so there was no chance to get on then. 

I am holding up well.  Considering the amount of stress I have at work I am pleased with my progress.  I have been having much more freedom of movement and have slept straight thru the night for a full week with only a couple of exceptions.  The weather was very  rainy, esp. Saturday and I did feel it.  My hands swelled up a lot and they made things difficult.  Despite this, I was able to work thru it and spent most of the weekend cleaning the house top to bottom.  It felt so good to see things getting done and knowing I was doing it.  I overdid it a little bit but I did take breaks here and there when I tired out.  Overall I am extremely happy where I am at in my healing process.   I believe :)