Medicinal Marijuana

Medicinal Marijuana

While I lived in New York I was approved into the medicinal marijuana program. Overall, the process of obtaining certification was easier than I thought. I brought it up to my rheumatologist (which I was nervous about doing) but she thought it was a great idea. She thought it’d be a great alternative to the […]

Eye exams and Urinalysis

Everyone who takes hydroxychloroquine aka Plaquenil or any other chloroquine drugs long term should get their eyes checked yearly and on a regular basis. I went to get my eyes checked a couple weeks ago, a full exam that included a field vision test (like playing a video game) and taking a photograph of the […]

Week 8 on Estradiol cream

Week 8 on Estradiol cream

I had a mini dilemma wrapped around my upcoming GYN appointment. My ex-rheumy called me on her last day to recommends a GYN who specializes in vaginal atrophy. She said she had asked around for me and that this group was great. Great! I call to make the appointment with the doctor she referred me […]

Hello brainfog, my old friend

Growing up I thought I was pretty damn smart. You couldn’t tell me nothin! I was super curious, always one of the teacher’s favorites (not the teacher’s pet though, I had dignity :p). I was shy but I was also a huge ham (and that part hasn’t changed much at all :p) I was always […]

Flare up

Flare up

I’m flaring, right now, as I type this. Everyone flares differently. I used to search “what is a flare up?” or “what does a flare up feel like?” To compare what I went through and see if it counted because (as you may have noticed) I question my symptoms and my thoughts more than I […]

Autoimmune & Finances: The first step

Autoimmune & Finances: The first step

I remember the initial discussion that night and I remember the crushing stomach drop. We had “The Talk”, the one about our finances and the numbers weren’t adding up. When we lived in New York, just 4 months ago, I was the primary breadwinner. I was making a little over 50 grand a year, struggling […]

I need to do better

I need to do better

I  realized I missed my infusion TWO WEEKS after I missed it. My last infusion was scheduled for the day before my hubby’s birthday and in the runaround of getting him something, I forgot about my appointment. I think back to that day and what I was doing instead of getting my infusion was buying shoes for […]

Introducing: My Autoimmune Struggle

Introducing: My Autoimmune Struggle

I have multiple autoimmune disorders that my doctors can’t quite pin down. It’s some crazy mix between Lupus, RA and mixed connective tissue disease, with a blood clotting disorder (Antiphospholipid Syndrome) to boot. I also have diagnosed Endometriosis (with recurrent cyst ruptures) which is a co-morbidity to autoimmune disorders. Recently, I’ve discovered I also possibly […]