hey Theresa! way to go with the note! that's great. it's a fantastic C.Y.A. move in the workforce. and ya know what? it's good for humanity as well. seriously! workplaces outside the realm of medical fields, many times we'll find that coworkers/employers....can be?... naive?... to such things.
SO...HATS OFF TO YOU! really, bringing the awareness about RA. and we don't look nor expect pity or excuses or to be treated differently...it's just the point that people need to be aware. YOU MADE MY DAY!
oh please, PLEASE! give it your best go with the smoking cessation. i really mean it. i WISH my mom would at least "TRY" ya know? she's almost 60, never goes to the dr., SHE SMOKES (since age 12!), has HIGH BP! oy! so me as a nurse you know i'm freakin' out about this! LOL. her last blood sugar i made her do @ a pharmacy was phenominal! over 400!!!!! CAN WE SAY STROKE? i was surprised (as was the tech) that she was like...walking! he's like..."i really think you should go to the ER mam'."
so really, from the bottom of my heart....i wish you the best at giving the smoking thing up...go slow! better to take baby steps than crash & rebound. but my thoughts & prayers are with you in this. i know how difficult a thing it is to do. i've seen so many people struggle to quit.
i see you have hypothyroid & take Synthroid. that can make the heart work harder, faster HR, and could even raise BP.
ugh...good luck with the Prednisone; be careful. if you feel anything weird make sure you make your doc aware. i have a few heart problems, and the Pred really exacerbated them...nothing grave or anything, but bothersome.
may i ask a question? by all means don't answer if i'm crosing the line...but just curious as to your age & whatcha' do for work?
take care "bloo". talk to you soon. VIEW IMAGE
p.s. how did the MTX go? any nausea?
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others.