Sunday, December 9, 2012

I've felt like a slug for the last 2 weeks.

I'm sorry for not posting the last few weeks.  I went to Baton Rouge to visit my oldest daughter for Thanksgiving.  It was a wonderful visit and I was actually feeling pretty good besides fatigue.  Then came my Simponi shot.  I waited till I came home from my trip to take it so I wouldn't have to deal with side effects while on the road.  I'm so glad I did.  I had a lot of dizziness and nausea almost immediately.  Within 2 days my skin and joints started to flare.  My joints seem to have leveled out, but my skin has been in constant flare every since.  It has gotten to the point that I need to wear long sleeves and long pants to bed because my skin will crack while I am sleeping and bleed.  I went to get blood work done last week for my appointment this Thursday and the nurse said my skin was probably the worst she's seen on anyone in a long time.  On top of that my fatigue has been even worse than my new norm.  So in conclusion my last 2 weeks have been generally crappy.

I have decided I will no longer be taking Simponi.  I believe that the combo of Arava and Butrans is helping my skin and inflammation significantly.  I will accept the need to take 2-4 naps a day if it means that my pain levels and arthritis flares are what I consider bearable.  I don't believe I am employable still.  I have so many issues with fatigue that I couldn't make it through a work day.  I also still do have mobility and dexterity issues that make doing even clerical tasks painful and impossible most days.

So there you have the last 2 weeks and my excuse for not keeping up with my blog.  I will try to do better.  My oldest daughter is coming home Friday and we will be leaving for Phoenix to spend the holidays with my family. I can't wait to get there.  I miss my family every day and I feel SO much better when I am there physically.

My hand in Psoriasis flare.  You can also see the sausagey swelling in this picture.