And it takes alot. I wrote a long journal entry the other night, looked at the clock and it was 2:00 am, thought, "well, I better post this and get to bed,"; I hit Preview twice (??) and it erased the whole danged thing! And trust me, it was pretty interesting. Wish I could have printed it. Would have been my first post on this site. I'm not really sure what the journal aspect of this site is about--is it a daily how-ya-doin', or a record of our ups and downs; flares and remissions? If the latter is the case, LG for me. Spring always treats me well, and I'm assuming it has to do with being outside in the garden, planning a new crop, exercising (my wheelbarrow is grumpy), and just putting my face to the sun. The exercise plus my Enbrel really gets me past the PA, but note to sun-sensitive folks--if I use Dovonex on sun exposed areas, it gives me hives! You may chuckle, 'cause I do. Of all things . . .
After sixteen years of ups and downs of dealing with with this disease, I've learned many, many ways of coping, both psychologically, and physically. I am so thankful that we now have a variety of options to treat our symptoms, and that it's now not considered just a "disorder." And it was. When I was 35 years old with 70% plaque body coverage, all my Doc could tell me was that coal tar preparations had been known to help. And at that time, it was all I could afford. Thankfully, my Doctor is a love, and he's kept on top of all things new, all this time, just for me.
Until next time . . . Sheri