I went almost a year before admitting I needed something stronger than Advil or Tylenol. When I 1st started a regimen for my RA it was an injectable. They started me on Humira. It’s a bi-weekly shot with a syringe. The 1st time I had to give myself the shot I never had the proper stab yourself with sharp objects lesson. My son wanted to be there to support me and for his slight morbid curiosity, I had in the past given my sister a shot for her diabetes, so I figured What no biggie. Easie peasie, right? Wrong! I counted 1.2.3 and stabbed like the diagram showed. My 1st reaction? Pull it out! And guess what? I did. I said, “Are you freaking kidding me?” My son asked sympathetically, “What?” I sighed and
whined calmly replied , “Now I have to do it again.” He then began to laugh. I looked at him and said, “maybe I should practice 1st. On your Butt!” That shut him up pretty quick. I had a Huge bruise from that 1st shot. And every shot since. Humira worked for a while but started to wear off after 9 days. They then switched me to Enbrel. A weekly shot. A I was introduced to the sure-click. It was a pen like device that I just pushed a button and it did the work for me. Seriously it took them 6 mo to suggest this. I took this for over a year and it worked pretty good. I started swimming again and even added some light exercise back. That is until it too started wearing off after 3 days. And I started a steroid regimen of Prednisone. 3 months later my Rheumy told me my joints were still too inflamed. And Rituxan was suggested. AN infusion every 4-6 months. I researched it throughly (as it’s what I do). It made my very nervous I mean it is a scary drug. In the end I decided to give it a try on 9-8-2014. I had to stop my shots 3 weeks before the infusion. My appointment wasn’t for 4 weeks. The worst 4 weeks of pain yet. I lived on ibuprofen (IB) and by weeks 3 my prednisone tic tacs were being popped. I was told it would take 2 months to kick in. As of 12-2-2014 at my last Dr appt it hadn’t. My left shoulder had gotten so bad I couldn’t even lift it, He gave me a sot in the arm and it started to feel good about 3 days later. Since then I haven’t taken anything not even IB. That is until today. 😦 My shoulders and the gang came back for a full on rager. Well at least I got 11 days of of drugless days. They weren’t painless but at least I wasn’t popping 12 pills either. Ah C’est la vie.
Tomorrow is National Ugly Sweater Day AND Poinsettia day. So get your ugliest sweater out to wear, preferably the one with a picture of a poinsettia on it.