Archive for the ‘Can we laugh now?’ Category

  • Frozen: Ice Pack Princess

    Little blue friends Roo still sleeps with stuffed animals – actually today there’s a more dignified word for them: plush toys. Since the plush characters are soft, he doesn’t mind that they take up most of his bed. For me it’s a different story: more like the fairy tale Frozen. Ice packs are my companions […]

  • Not Actual Size – Rheumatoid Disease Is Not as Advertised

    Sometimes my #rheum disease and my silly sense of humor get all twisted together into a goofball smoothie. Anyone who’s spent time with me can attest to my devotion to silliness. I’ve been daydreaming about how food ads remind me of RD. I hope you’ll enjoy a little humorous diversion. Laughter makes a great defense […]

  • Rheumatoid Awareness: Judgmental Eye Rolls Versus Help & Compassion

    Treated like you’re fine when you’re not A comment this week by Lisa sums up one of the most important reasons we need awareness for Rheumatoid Disease, and one of the hardest to explain to others. “RD awareness would mean that I wouldn’t be treated like I am fine when I am not. It would […]

  • Wearing Caped Superman Socks! Accepting Limits & Still Trying Hard

    Superman socks and the to-do list Am I the only one who tries her heart out and falls far short day to day? Something tells me no. There’s a lot of pressure to get things done right now. And more things to do than time or strength to do them. Every morning I wonder which […]

  • Swollen Knees Are Smoother: The Glad Game in Rheumatoid Disease

    A silver lining to swollen knees I made a strange discovery a couple weeks ago in the bathtub. Not Roo’s plastic goldfish. Round knees. Shaving my legs (I hope the guys won’t mind this story too much…), I was amazed how easily the razor glided around my knees. Inspecting them afterwards, the proof was undeniable: […]

  • 20 Replies to Things Not to Say to a Rheumatoid Patient

    Every day, I talk with several Rheumatoid patients, and hear from many more. Today’s post is in response to a request from one dear reader about one of the most popular posts on the blog, 20 Things Not to Say to a Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient with 2,640 likes as of tonight. “I love this post. […]

  • Dear Warriors and Friends

    The past three years are positively beyond anything I could have imagined. Do you have a moment? When I started blogging, I had dreams of this website. But it could take forever to learn enough about “code” to manage it… We’ll save the rest for another day, but do you realize has at least […]

  • Laura’s CVS Commercial with Kelly’s CVS and the “a” Word

    Once upon a time, a family switched insurance companies. Mother went to Target to pickup groceries methotrexate with a $10 coupon. When she went to the counter to pay, the insurance had “denied” coverage for the medicine. In the age of cell phones, mother figured she could cure this problem in a moment right there […]

  • Failed Experiment: Methotrexate & Over the Counter Folic Acid

    When I met my first rheumatologist, I left with a handful of prescriptions. One for folic acid. Really? Did I need a prescription for a vitamin? Doc said “to make sure it’s enough, yes, it’s a lot more than a daily allowance.” I already knew why over the counter supplements (OTC) are not considered as reliably […]

  • Mission Impossible: Crowd Management with RA

    Whether you take mass transit, work at a crowded office, or attend conferences like I have recently, managing in a crowd with RA is challenge. This may be one more mission impossible, should we choose to accept it… It’s hard to explain RA to anyone who hasn’t lived it. Have you ever had a sprained ankle […]

  • Is That Your Final Answer? …or Replying to Misconceptions

    I wrote this post weeks ago when it had just happened. I imagined responses that are usually held back in polite conversation. Am I the only one who does that? What if it were a game show… It was a day filled with misconceptions about RA, and it really bothered me; but I didn’t figure […]

  • Dear Healthcare Facility: We Love This But We Hate That

    None of us love a needle stick, but some technicians do it so well, you can hardly feel it. Last week, a woman took several vials of blood without even asking me to squeeze a damn rubber ball. It was the first time a nurse remembered I have RA and adjusted her procedure! Thank you! […]