Pain, pain, pain, pain!!!! Did I mention I'm in pain????? Ugh!!!!!!! Flaring badly from the inconsistent weather, and just short of a week out from my Actemra infusion. This will be my third infusion and first at full strength. My hands, feet, fingers and toes are swollen. My joints feel like someone hit them with a five pound sledge hammer. My skin is on fire. Other than that things are just ducky. I don't know whether to cry or build a pillow and blanket fort and hibernate until next week. Or both. I'm not a crier so I will power through until then but I have never wanted an IV so badly in my life! (as messed up as that sounds) The first two weeks after the previous infusions have been virtually pain free which makes it that much harder when the flare spikes with a vengeance on the third week.
This is Wolfgang, my 10 year old Saint Bernard and full time companion and snuggle buddy. He's in pretty rough shape too. We spend some serious nap and snuggle time together.