Thanks for your replies. It sure was a good holiday, I feel priviledged to have some lovely friends out there. So many have moved out of Sydney, both for bringing up children, affordability or for work. I miss them at times. So it was lovely to catch up. I was also determined to remove my husband from the house, as if we'd stayed in Sydney he would have been tempted to keep popping down to put on another door handle or something!!!
PAlady, thanks for your encouragement to try the accupuncture. I have had it before just not for this condition. When I had it last time it really flared my problem up initially and thats what I'm most scared of. I am on these horrible steroids and it seems to have stabalised the flare but not at a level I can live my normal life at. My feet are both swollen and sore around my ankles and toes, plus my rght knee has stubbornly refused to settle so any walking I do I'm in pain. My wrists are good, although still swollen they're not hurting all the time ,like they were. Elbows much better.....my computer is playing up too. They must have decided to go on holiday mode, soooo slow. This accupuncturist is old school andcomesrecommended by 2 independent sources, worth a try anyway.
Hi WhiteBeard, gelato is Italian icecream, it is generally homemade with really beautiful ingredients so a notch above normal icecream. It is very popular in Sydney, lots of gelato stalls. If you ever make it over here I'll buy you one! NZ is where I'm originally from, its a very beautiful country not so unlike Ireland, lots of green lush hills and bush, lots of farming. Beautiful mountains. Ireland is much older of course and its where my hubby is from, my 2 older kids were born there, very traditional country suffering terribly from the economic fallout at the moment. Australia seems to have weathered the financial crisis amazingly well, I have lost teaching hours in a tech I work at (government funding cuts) but I've picked up hours at the university. Seems more people are getting educated. My husband is a builder and it hasn't touched him at all. We panicked initially but he has kept getting jobs to price. Maybe people with money are investing it in their houses?
Thanks Keep the faith, I'm definately going to try the needles just with some trepidation, but thanks for your encouragement.
Lovely to hear from you Skeye, I missed you guys too, especially trying to cover up my level of pain at times.
Father John, we'll have to hold hands across the water and try this accupuncture together! I haven't looked into the cost yet, with the house we are very tight financially but once I'm back at work, semester starts in February, I'll be ok I think. Anyway I'll pay if it helps me!
Hi Susie, yeah I started on a start up with the remicade. I had the first one then 2 weeks later the second, now I'm heading up to my 3rd suppose to be 4 weeks later but because of Christmas and summer holidays it will be 5 weeks. I had a yucky reaction after the 2nd one, felt like someone was sitting on my chest all night. So will have to chat to the doctor before my next one anyway. Certainly a lot more side effects than on my beloved humira. I had restless legs that just hurt everywhere for 48 hours, a migraine type headache for about 12 hours, couldn't sleep (whats new) generally felt unwell but after 48 hours it settled down. I'll ask, the unit closed for Christmas break so I didn't know who to contact about it. Afterthe 3rd dose I am suppose to get them every 8 weeks but talking to people in the unit it sounds as if every 6 weeks works better. Anyway I see my rheumy after the 3rd infusion and will ask her lots of questions. Good to hear the accupuncture worked for you, I am hoping it gets rid of some of this pain I'm in because apart from increasing pain meds I'm not sure I can take much more on the western front. I can't believe I can be this swollen on so many meds to stop it, scary really. Something is obviously not happy in my body.
This has turned into a huge post, I'm in lovely holiday mode no pressure on me to be anywhere, kids happy, what bliss...golitho