20 Essential Medication Safety Tips

Essential medication safety tips (UPDATED) For those living with a chronic disease, safe medication storage and use is more than following directions on an occasional antibiotic or treatment for an acute illness. Both the types of medications and the number of different medications present additional challenges and put people at greater risk for adverse drug events...Continue reading      22 Comments » Read more

25 Tips to Stay Well in Cold and Flu Season

This post is a response to questions about how to navigate cold and flu season with Rheumatoid Disease (RD). Flu shots are now center stage at grocery stores and pharmacies across the US. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), flu season can begin as early as October. There’s plenty of advice about...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

20 Tips for Traveling with Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease

Flying with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a challenge Today as you read this, I’m doing my don’t-miss-the-plane dance. My close friends and family all know well how I start asking them a week before a trip to “pray I don’t miss the plane.” Really. I have missed the plane. Twice. I literally start preparing to catch a...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

Pace Yourself: Guilt-free Pay-to-Play

It’s Roo’s birthday! Already! My goals include making a simple M&M cake with no complicated writing although I used to spend hours with a frosting bag even for Valentine’s cookies. Roo’s doing great with school subjects and Cub Scouts and playmates. He’s funny and smart, with a mind of his own. Other parents may know what...Continue reading      41 Comments » Read more

21 Tips to Prepare for a Biologic Infusion

How can patients get ready for a Biologic infusion? Doreen asked how to prepare for her upcoming Rituxan infusion. Here are some general tips that might help with any kind of Biologic infusion. As usual, I’ve learned most of these from other patients and from the effective teacher called experience. The orange Rituxan blanket was a gift...Continue reading      18 Comments » Read more

Ideas for Relieving Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Please enjoy the blog carnival on Relieving Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain and list your favorite non-medical pain reliever in the comments box! As promised, this picture is my entry for the blog carnival! My mom recently sent me this laptop stand with mini shelves to hold a tablet or a cup of hot tea. This should make...Continue reading      45 Comments » Read more

Non-medical Ways to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain – at Least a Little Bit

What makes you feel better? What things bring you some comfort? What are your favorite gadgets that make life easier? Good idea: Have your loved ones check back here for Christmas gift ideas! Newly diagnosed people ask about our favorite things that help us. Not whiskers on kittens! A thick rubber cover on the steering wheel! Let’s make...Continue reading      71 Comments » Read more

12 Key Facts about Infusion Reactions with Biologics

An infusion nurse talks about safety with Biologics One practical session at the 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Scientific Meeting was a short talk on preventing infusion reactions presented by a nurse from Seattle, Christine Elliot. Ms. Elliot has supervised 15,000 rheumatological infusions in over a decade as an infusion nurse. She offered an overview...Continue reading      38 Comments » Read more

5 Tricky Questions about Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease

Five tricky questions I’m asked about Rheumatoid Arthritis with the shortest answers I can muster. What tricky question do people ask you about RA? And how do you answer? 1) Can I quit taking my Rheumatoid Arthritis medication now that I feel better? No. Unfortunately, Rheumatoid Arthritis is not like the kinds of cancer that can be...Continue reading      45 Comments » Read more

Video Blog: Two Essentials with a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

What do you say to someone diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis? If I could meet to every person diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I’d encourage them to Expect the best from treatments; Read all of their medical records; Keep up on research. I’d also wish for them that they find doctors who listen well! What else is indispensible with a Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis? Watch...Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

Do you have a Rheumatology Care Team?

What’s a rheumatology care team? When I wrote the About pages for this site, I discussed the team of doctors and medical professionals that a person fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis might gather around him. Like Diabetes, I realized that people with RA could need plenty of monitoring and advice. The other day, I read an article in The...Continue reading      40 Comments » Read more

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