Hi Jody, The RA site seems fairly quiet of late...when I first joined there seemed to be constant chatter going on. I can only assume people have moved on and things are going well. I still log on a few times a week to keep an eye on things. Its a tough time right now economically. My husband is a builder so I have my fingers crossed for a new contract, we're ok for a few months but it'd be good to have that "next" job on the horizon. I teach part time and only have two days next semester, so I worry about the lean times too. My kids are younger, 15, 13 and 9, still at school, so life is fairly hectic at times.
I live in Australia and so its winter here. I'd like a bit of that Florida sunshine to warm up my joints!!! We bought a new gas heater which is a poor substitute for a bit of sunshine. Having a very wet winter so far.
Shingles sounds terrible. I hope you're ok. I've got bronchitis right now with a bit of asthma thrown in but think I'm picking up. I held off the humira for 10 days but was scared to go longer. Don't want to flare just when my joints have finally decided to start to settle!!!
Good to meet you, Jody, best wishes, golitho
Nice to "meet" you, too! Yes, seems likethings are awfully quiet here, didn't always be like this. Don't know where everyone else, but I hope they are all ok. I think I joined a couple of years ago, and then there was a group of us that were on all the time.. Australia? How cool is that! From what I have seen you live in a beautiful country..LOVED the movie lol. Stange to think of anyone having winter weather when we are in the heat of summer here. But I would gladly trade you a little of our heat for some of your cool, if only I could!
I'm one of the "old" ladies here....my kids are all older, four boys, ages 33,32,30, and 24. no daughters-in-law or grandkids, yet...but keep hoping. I do childcare in my home though, (hence the name "babyplace") have been doing this for almost 22 years. So, building is down in your part of the world,too? It's terrible in the states..keep hoping things wil pick up. Shingles are almost gone, thank you for asking. I have been most blessed from what I gather from others. I seem to have had a rather mild case, so major pain or scarring. Have been able to be back on my meds, so that has helped alot. How are you doing? How do you like Humira? My doctor was thinking of switching me to that, we weren't sure the Enbrel was doing all it should....
Well, my afternnon break is over. Have a wonderful weekend!
Jody!!!! Is that really you?? I have missed seeing you here, well you know what I mean! I can't even imagine how hot it must be there in Florida. Do you have the humidity? It is hot here in Colorado, but when I lived in Kansas it was an entirely different kind of hot, either way, I'm ready for Fall!
I have heard about Shingles going around and have noticed that many of the pharmacies are doing shingles vaccines? I've never had the chicken pox and neither has my daughter, my son's had them at the same time and still my daughter who was two at the time never did get the chicken pox, it was the strangest thing! I know my mother in law is worried about getting the Shingles, and it sounds so painful, I'm glad you are on the mend! Can you get them more than once?
I'm so sorry to hear about your son who is out of work, that is the story with so many now We have a couple that we are good friends with and she pretty much just goes from temp job to temp job, whatever they can offer her. It seems like everyone we know is struggling financially, and we have cut back our spending and going to the grocery store is a shocker! I think groceries are going up each week!
The site has been terribly quiet, I check it maybe once a week if that, since nobody every posts here anymore, but when I noticed that you had posted, I had to write a few lines
Try to pop in more often!
Yes, mom, It really is me! So sorry that I keep disappearing from time to time..dont mean to, just my life these days. Yes, the shingle are a real pain..in more ways than one. From what I understand, once you have had the chicken pox, the virus goes dormant in your spine in one of the nerve trunks. Then something can kick it into gear, and it shows up as shingles. I had hoped you couldn't get it more than once, but this is my second go round with it. First time was about 8 years ago when I had pneumonia. But, it was on my side, and this time was on my face. So..leave it to me lol! There is a shingles vacine, but I don't think you can take it while you're on some of the meds. A friend of mine had to be off her enbrel for six weeks before she could take it. Anyway, I certainly would talk to your doc about it though, because golitho is right, it can have some serious complications. Sometimes permanant nerve damage...mine was near my eye, and they were watching it very closely. I would also really encourage your mother-in-law to check into it as well...I wouldn't wishthis on anyone! However, one word of caution....my nephew's little boy got the vaccine...and still came down with a mild case of the pox at Christmas time. He's 2 1/2....and the doc said it isn't that unusal......so......
Boy do I hear you guys about the grocery prices!!! Feeding the daycare kids, and a 24 year-old (think he eats what hubby and I do combined!!) is unbelievable...plus I still like to fix meals and send them to people once a week or so, and it is getting harder and harder to do. We sure are changing our menus.
Yes, Florida is brutal right now...we have the air-conditioning bills to prove it! We put all new super-douper windows in to help with the power bills, but then they went and raised the rates! Our bills are still higher....seems like we just can't win, ya know? I just don't know where everybody went....it sure isn't the same here is it? My son made me a facebook page (haha)..can't believe I'm actually doing this,but it is kind of fun. A couple of the old gang have contacted me...,if you ever do that stuff, shoot me an e-mail, and I'll send you the info to look me up..it's kind of fun to exchange pictures, etc...
By the way mom, weren't you having your son for a month this summer? Is he there now? If so, how are things going? Think of you so often...remember all too well how painful that path is with those boys!
Our son has a hearing to appeal the denial of his unemployment..that will be next Wednesday. W are really praying that goes well...he hasn't had one call from all the apps he's put out. He's getting pretty discouraged, not to mention broke!
My friend with breast cancer finally finished her chemo and radiation. This week she opted to have her ovaries out so that she could take the best medicine available to keep the cancer at bay. Not sure abut it all, but something about how her options for treatment were limited because her tumor was estrogen-fed, so this surgery will take care of that. It sure has been a long, long road for her....but she has been AMAZING!
Golitho, Im so glad you found a forum where there are some regulars! I only wish that was still the case here! I can only pray that maybe some of them will see this and stop back in....and i also pray that they are all ok....Please pop in here when you can...at lease mom and I are here for now....and it's so nice that you are too.
Well...I have written my usual book here...I never can write a short post LOL! Must get ready for bed though..going to the gym really early tomorrow.
Another weekend flew by...now it's Tuesday already...better than monday lol.... We had our normal fast-paced few days. One of the boys came in for the weekend with yet another girlfriend, but he seems quite smitten with this one, and afterall he is 33 (how did THAT happen??). Only thing that worries me is that she is only 23....yikes..but seems to be years ahead of herself, and he is not at all a normal 33 yea-old..so maybe they meet in the middle?? Had our whole family over for dinner on Sunday..not even sure of the headcount anymore, must be well over 20.
Good morning everybody!!!
So good to see everyone here! Raven...been missing you..did you get my e-mail?? So, so sorry to hear that you are still struggling, I was really praying that things were improving and that is why we hadn't heard from you....how are the kids? My sleep issues areen't sleeping too much, it's never being able to get enough! I'm lucky if I get about 6 hrs a night, then by the end of the week I could pratically fall alseep standing up!
Welcome, ladywriter...sorry you needed to find this site...RA is no fun...but we're glad you are here..hopefully we will all be able to help each other. I think I've been at this about two and a half years now, don't know what Iwould have ever done without the people on this site...they were my lifeline.
Mom, oh my gosh...don't know if I'd be able to handle all those piercings!! I give you alot of credit...so afraid I would get myself in trouble over that one! But my boys all called me the "smother mother" lol...still am to a huge degree I think. But, tell them I just can't help it..I was born this way..Heehee. How's the daughter healing..is she ok with the meds? Email me sometime, ok?
CaMama...how'd the rhuemy go? Boy..I remember the braces days..semed we'd never get done....I even got them on myself in my late 30's.....HOw's the job going? Don't really have any lasting effects from the shingles , thankfully! Every once in a while I feel some timgling in my scalp, but nothing serious...I was very very fortunate! So glad you're feeling better golitho..chest colds are miseralble! Plus this has hung on for a Long time, hasn't it?
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