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Memorial Day Weekend at South Coast Botanic Garden

Saturday was the beginning of the long 2013 Memorial Day weekend and since Tanya has been working pretty hard getting her new book, Faces of Juicing, ready for publishing, we decided to take advantage of the great weather and pay another visit to the South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The South Coast Botanic Garden is huge with over 40,000 trees and 200,000 plants, so we are able to return several times a year and it always looks at least a little different as different plants bloom at different times of the year. There are several species of birds there with hummingbirds that seem to enjoy toying with my thoughts of being able to get a good photo of one.

Tanya enjoys the time since she has been pain-free for the last few months, so we will take advantage of it while we can. The watermark on the photos is donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation since it is the only charity looking out for those with Rheumatoid Disease and it is Tanya’s favorite charity. Continue reading

Celebrating Tanya’s birthday & health

Wednesday was Tanya’s birthday and since she has been feeling much better over that past couple of months, combined with the fact that she has been working pretty hard lately, we decided to take a couple days off to celebrate her birthday.

We started off on Wednesday at Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar and had a couple friends join us. Anyone that has been following this blog for a while knows that we are huge fans of Matsuyama Sushi, so that was a good start to the day. We then decided to go out to Palos Verdes to see if we could find any whales to photograph. We spotted one swimming mammal, but I don’t know if it was a whale or a dolphin; we did not get a chance to photograph it. We then headed down to the Redondo Beach breakwater to catch the sunset and ended the day with a visit to Sophie’s Place for a slice of birthday carrot cake. If you like carrot cake and live in the South Bay, Sophie’s is where you want to go. Continue reading

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

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