Haven't been on the site for a few days as very unwell. I mentioned in my last blog that I had some problems whilst out and about with my cousin and we had to cut short one of our days out. She went home 8 days ago but left something behind - her cold - which I now have and feel rotten. Chest is sore and all joints aching and painful. Been popping Nurofen and Paracetemol every day just to be able to keep going. MTX did nothing for me last week - had a massive flare which lasted for 2 very uncomfortable days and is still hanging around. Could not move very far as feet, knees, elbows, shoulders and wrists were all involved, swollen, hot and painful. Don't know what brought it on as did not think I had been overdoing it but obviously I had. I think it wasn't helped as I was giving a lecture last Wednesday and stood for 1 1/2 hours before admitting defeat for the last half hour and sat down apologising to my audience! I had driven 46 miles that morning (not far I know) but in the evening had to attend a meeting and did a round trip of 110 miles for a meeting that lasted only 1 hour! So not too happy a bunny as a result and could hardly get out of the car I was so stiff. Then suffered all night with pain and all the next day. So spent as much time as I could resting. Why do we always feel we have to keep going regardless? Hubby very good at carrying things for me as I was afraid I would drop trays etc. and he has been taking the dogs out for their runs regularly as I can't manage it.
Very concerned to see the posts on this site where people feel they have been bullied, belittled and generally made to feel unwelcome. That is not the purpose of this site at all and I am sorry that others have suffered because of the thoughtless behaviour and blogs of some members. We are here to try and support each other, to use the knowledge of how we feel to help someone with similar symptoms, to suggest how to make themselves more comfortable on a bad day etc. I cannot understand how anyone could come on here and make belittling remarks about someone else or talk down to them how they are feeling. We are all different and we all cope with RA in different ways and we use our coping ways to try and assist other members. So please can it stop!
We had the family here yesterday and the two children played with the dogs for hours. So much so that my smiley dog Berry (yes he does smile when he is happy) was so exhausted he spent the rest of the evening asleep. Even the older Labrador Tilly was worn out. Hubby dropped off to sleep as well but then woke up and went upstairs to watch a film whilst I indulged myself (with my feet up) watching the start of the re runs of Mr. Selfridge. The costumes and hair styles are fantastic and worth seeing just for that. Also watching the re runs of Downton and can't wait for the new series to start. Dogs didn't move until it was time for bed. Tilly came up with me - she sleeps on one of the landings - and Berry stayed with hubby. Minnie cat had been out in the garden most of the day on her harness and had a lovely time exploring. Daughter in law had been out with the nurses and staff from our local surgery on Friday evening and by all accounts they had painted the town red. My son said he was expecting her home by midnight and she rolled in at 2.30 a.m. What it is to be young!
Lovely day here again - windy but the sun is shining and the sky is blue with some clouds. Had a tremendous thunderstorm Thursday night which went away and then came back again with torrential rain. I do find the damp affects the RA so that may have had something to do with the flare as well.
Somewhere on my computer I have a lovely photo of Berry - will try to find it and upload it so you can see my gorgeous gun dog. It was taken after he had completed one of his gun dog tests and passed the exam and he does look smug! Birds are singing and our resident family of blackbirds are popping about the garden chasing midges I think. Not seen the house martins this year round the house but plenty of swallows and loads of bats. I do love to see them and hear them clicking to each other as they chase insects. Well I think that's all the news. Shoulders are aching so will stop now and have a rest. Love to everyone - I do read as many of the blogs as I can even if I don't comment on them. LavendarLady xx