Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Plus ca change, plus ce le meme chose

A lot has been happening and yet nothing at all.
Last week I celebrated 2 years of not smoking. I have also been on the waiting list for 20 months. It's hard to believe so much time has passed by.
I started taking Enbrel again and I wouldn't let Lois give me a shot for 2 days because I'm a big baby and I hate needles. Now that we've picked a day I have to do it every Thursday. I'm sure that once the psoriasis starts getting better I'll be happy about it. In the meantime, I will probably whine for the next several months. The last time I was on it, I steadily got worse from week to week and dreaded being stuck. I would almost cry every time Lois gave me an injection.
(Taps fingers)
My coumadin labs were all berserk and I am getting labs drawn once a week as they adjust the dosage. I've had a few bloody noses, so something is happening. One day I had a bruise on my hand about the size of a nickel and then it disappeared a couple of days later. I wonder what it does if you have already had varices? My last endoscopy showed varices in the stomach. That kind of makes me nervous.
My muscle cramps have returned. I wondered what would happen when they took the medicine away that was helping. It really is a bummer. They usually come when I stretch and it can be a rude awakening while lying in bed.
The sky, however, was fabulous tonight. And the cat with the really good fur is letting me rub my bare feet on him, so life could be worse.


  1. Hopefully you'll feel better when you get more accustomed to the med change. I love that the kitty is helping you out in his own little way. And the sky was beautiful last night here too.

  2. It all sounds like a lot of work, and a delicate ecological balancing act. Kudos to you for mastering your fears and doing what you need to do.

    Go good-fur-kitty!

  3. Again, I'm going to bet that you didn't have to bend over in front of any doctors in a thong.


    I wonder if they would give you the topical lanicane to numb the injection area. It takes a half hour to kick in, but well worth it if you hate needles that much. They give them out when diabetics are on the pump - I can't see any reason why they wouldn't with you too.

    Just a thought...

  4. A feline always makes one feel better.

  5. Feel free to whine away and I'll have some cheese with that whine, please!

  6. So sorry to have missed this post(?1?) but I was away- with terrible internet connections as you know- I am very amazed how people can give up a habit like smoking - Good for you!! And be sure not to hold your breath when you are getting a shot- Much better to breath, slowly and deeply. I wish for you all the best my friend