Hi Crystalscats, You are on the right track to move to a smaller place which could be more manageable for you to keep. I wouldn't get a place where your son could crash too. Let him have his space and that you will need occassional help. Meanwhile, see your MD for the pain. See a social service agent (whether government or town) for help with heat and other utilities. They can offer a multitude of suggestions for you. Stop being stubborn. You are not helping yourself. Empower yourself. Small victories count too. You are not the crazy old lady, trust me. I have been in your shoes and having a good day today. YEA! Keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.View Thread
Hi, I am 56 yr old f who used to do it all. Now, I can not. That was, and still is, very hard on me to get used to. I'm finally learning how to pace myself. I also have heart and lung issues. My husband is no help. He is all about him. I had just got out of the hospital for umpteenth time the other day, I let him know that I was being released for complete bed rest. He said he was ok with that. Well guess what? He immediately become so sick with the flu that he couldn't do anything. He slept all day and night for two days. He finally came out of it and went to the store, bought a few items and proceeded to eat it all. No visual or verbal concern about me at all. Not even, how are you doing today? Way too much drama. Waiting on the visiting nurse later day to see what she/he recommends. Sigh...View Thread
Hi Pamzd, I have been enbrel sureclick for about 5 years. It is a wonder drug for me. It lessened the severity of my RA symptoms so I can function reasonably. I have had to stop the enbrel because of infections, but went right back afterwards. I also had to stop because of two surgeries (one to fix a broken neck and the other to replace a defective hear valve). It does interfer with bone healing, but I'm back on it again. It helped me enormously in that I can do things, like working part time, house cleaning and such. I do need to pace myself because all of a sudden, I am exhausted. Then I need to stop what I'm doing I am also on three other RA meds too.
It does not stop all of the pain and stiffness, but it made a difference. It does not stop any flare ups and I've had lots of those. All I can do is try my best to carry on.
I am now 56 years old and the concern for cancer was very much and still is, a valid point. However, if I can't move, what is the point?
As for the GI side effects, I take Nexium and Immodium every day. It does help. I'm still looking as to how to lessen the hair loss. Maybe a different hair style, so that it wouldn't be as obvious.View Thread