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Celebrating one month pain free

Back in August I mentioned that Tanya had started using a new drug to combat the pain from her Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (aka RAD or RA) she has been living with since 2003. She had been using Enbrel for quite some time, but it did not seem to be doing any good, so Cimzia was suggested. These kinds of drugs usually take a while to get into her system before they start working, and she was in a terrible amount of pain, so her new Rheumatologist started her on various sleeping pills and anti-anxiety pills; but nothing seemed to help. The last time we visited Dr. Ishimori, we talked about this and it was decided that Tanya should start taking an anti-inflammatory, Mobic; the change has been amazing.

Within a couple weeks of adding Mobic to her drug cocktail Tanya noticed something pretty amazing. She was no longer in pain. Considering she could not walk around the block without experiencing some pain, this was pretty remarkable. As time went on she realized that she could carry her camera, with an external flash; she could walk up and down hills and she could lift items over her head without paying for it later. In fact, when rain was in the forecast she did not feel it in her joints. It has been 10 years since that has happened.

Naturally, Tanya is taking advantage of this pain-free existence; this means being able to finally unpack after more than a year of living here, and we go out for walks with our cameras. These photos are from our visit yesterday to the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Estates. We walked the mile circumference of the garden with all its hills, and she felt no pain. That is quite the accomplishment. Continue reading

Is it Spring yet?

The almanac says spring does not begin this year until March 20; but with the weather we have been having around here, you could have surprised me. It was almost summer-like around here over the weekend. Since Tanya’s RA/RAD has not been bothering her lately, she has wanted to take advantage of the great weather and the lack of pain by spending more time outside. Sunday we took another trip to the South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Palos Verdes Estates.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is 87 acres of trees, flowers, birds, lizards, squirrels and a pond. At least, that is what we have found so far. On prior visits we were pretty limited as to how much exploring we could do because the garden has a lot of hills and the grades were too steep for her to be able to walk up and down them. For her to be able to carry her camera with a heavy lens and an external flash while walking up and down the hills was quite the fete. She is really enjoying being pain free.

The watermark on these photos was donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, the only charity for those suffering from Rheumatoid Disease. Continue reading

South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes

These photos were taken last week at the South Coast Botanic Gardens. Every once in a while we need to get out of the house with nothing that has to be done, and Tanya really enjoys taking photos of flowers; so we will head off to somewhere like the South Coast Botanic Garden. The place is huge and after two visits there, we have just scratched the surface. Of course, with Tanya’s limitations due to her Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease, we don’t usually get more than an hour or two there. It was a nice day; she got some sunshine and photos of flowers so our mission was accomplished.

For those of you with children, the South Coast Botanic Garden is having a Great Pumpkin Hunt every day through October. You can submit a new entry every day so if you want somewhere to take the kids that does not involve candy or video arcades, the South Coast Botanic Garden may be just what you are looking for.

I have donated my watermark to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation to help bring awareness to this organization Continue reading

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