Oh.... my my.... By Popular demand... via X factor and The voice... I give you Julie 55!!
How the goddam are you all? I have slightly trawled through some of the posts. What a "whatsithingy" this blooming RA is.
I can only comment for myself. It is hard to believe what I was like 12 months ago. All doom, gloom and "my life is over" type depression. I can honestly say that I have gone from strength to strength. I still have RA (according to my blood test results and the rheummy nurse and conson) but physically and mentally I left RA behind a long long time ago.
I no longer work on the farm (much to my disappointment to a certain degree) but what happened to me has opened so many other doors. I remain very positive and completely free of pain killers and anti-depressants. I even managed to reduce to the Methotrexate by 5 mg (was taking 25mg for a little while) but now only take 15mg.
I had a bit of an upset recently, I was called back to the doctors following a routine blood test, because my CRP level was twice what it should be and this was affecting the result o something to do with my kidneys - can't remember what. Anyway it turns out that I was due to a virus, (they always say that when they don't what else it is). I had had a yukky cold and they thought it must have been that, because the next blood test a few days later showed I was back to normal - Ha! as normal as I can be!!! I had had a bit more pain in my knees but thought that was due to the extra amount of swimming - yes swimming- I was doing. I regularly do 20-30 lengths early mornings, 2/3 times per week! Hard to believe that 12 months ago, it took me 2 hours to get up and out of bed and unstiffened - only to have to rest again early afternoon....... thank good those days are behind me.
So ok I am not cured - apparently - but my quality of life is 200% better than it was.
The thing is, the very thing that has helped me feel this way came about from the thing which made to close my account on here - where some people did not want to hear about any alternatives - let alone try them! Lots of things in there but if you keep reading it, it makes sense... honest!
I am off to get married next week - ahem - going to Southampton Registry Office on Saturday 12th May, then jumping aboard Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship, to sail around the mediterranean. I have not been put off by the costa concordia, which we will sail passed on this trip. So I shall pay my respects to all those poor people who were so frightened and of course those who lost their lives.
Take care everyone. Blog soonererer xxxxxxx
Welcome back julie, you have been sooo missed. I never knew why you left,but seeing your blog i see why. Never mind your back and i am pleased to be one of the first to say good to have you back.
Congratulations on getting married this month. The costa tragedy was a bad thing but i see it hasn't put you off. My son works for the parent company that owns the costa and he flies back to the usa tomorrow to join the carnival dream for six months. He is a croupier on board ship.
I go back into hospital on the 17th of this month to have my right knee redone by a different doctor at a different hospital. Sad to say i'm looking forward to having it done.
My god julie it is good to have you back.
Thank you Sylvi...x
Ps Its carnival freedom he's on, the dream was his previous ship. He rang at 1.30 this morning to let me know he had arrived safely.xx
Hooray Julie - you're back!! Honest to goodness I seeing this blog sitting there has made my day - and if you read my new blog you'll see why I need it making so badly. Delighted to see a pic of you looking so well and learn that you're getting married and that RA has taken a backseat in your life. So very pleased that you're on here again - well done for all you've obviously achieved and have a fantastic wedding day and cruise honeymoon. Loads of cruise liners come up here everyday throughout the summer so there must be something in it to draw people to them - a GP pal of mine has quit work and has an interview to work on one as the ship's doctor tomorrow so I've been thinking about them a lot. Wish I could afford a cruise ship break myself just now but never mind - you give me hope that this time in a year things will have improved drastically for me too. Much love and delighted cyber hugs, Tilda xxx
Oh Tilda sorry to hear of your recent upsets, but thanks so much for your cyber hugs...I am really looking forard to the cruise... of course!
So thrilled to see your blog, I was always curious why you left so abruptly, when you were one the main contributors, so glad you have found alternatives.
I have always been very positive (well mostly) and interested in comlimentary medicines, not hocus pocus tho.
I am so glad you look healthy and happy. Maybe some day you could explain why you left.
Kind regards, and happy nuptuals, Gina.
Hi Gina! Yes, it has takena long time to think about gettin gback on here.... I will explain why I felt it wasn't the right place for me... eventually. It is not easy to go against the flow of the tide,and the only way I could do it was to remove myself from the negativity. Now I am strong enough to deal with that. I believe now there is a story to be told and an alternative, I am living proof of it. Don't ever, ever, let anyone think there is no other way. xxx Bless you
Oh Julie, how lovely to hear from you again. We have all been very worried at the silence this last year, particularly when you took your name off the list. We have missed you and your blogs very much. You always tried to be so cheerful even when you must have been feeling pretty rough.
Many congratulations on your marriage. I wish you a super day and a lovely trip on the cruise liner. (If you see it heading to the rocks, jump into a lifeboat - ha ha, only joking.). Can thoroughly recommend cruising - we usually use Royal Caribbean who look after you very well. Very restful.
So glad to see you are feeling so much better - I hope that continues and you stay well. Marvellous you have been able to reduce the MTX - mine has just been increased up to 25mg (Yuk).
I do use complimentary stuff particularly reflexology and a blissful massage but am very wary of herbal medicines as I don't know how they will react to the MTX, anti TNF and everything else we have to take. Even think twice about a paracetemol at times!
Anyway lots of hugs and very best wishes. Look forward to hearing about the wedding and the trip. Lovely picture of you - you look so well and happy.
Lots of Love : LavendarLady xx
Oh Dotty I have missed you!!! Your stories, your blogs, your lovely doggies, and your wonderful way of life. We have been with Roytal Carribean before, I was first diagnosed 3 days after returning from my first every cruise back in October 2010. We are with Celebrity cruises on the Eclipse this time, who have apparently been bought out by RCI so I am hoping the same wonderful attention to detail will be there.
No herbals for me either,
Take care xx
Hi Julie, so pleased to see you again and in such good form. Brilliant! Truly wonderful that your positive attitude has had results, and you've found an approach that works for you. We're all different and RA is so variable that trying to weave through it all is tough so really, really cheering to hear you're doing well. And getting married too! We took the plunge after 25 or more years a little while back, at Barnstaple registry office, and rather nice to have finally made the decision. Tho' we didn't have a wild cruise afterwards. Hope you have a great time, and do please keep on blogging - I've missed your posts. And especially with such great success to write about, so hope to hear more when you return.
So little squeaky happy noises from me......Pollyx