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Arthritis…25 going on 80

February 4, 2010

I never knew you could get an ultrasound for your finger, but apparently it’s quite normal. And yes, my finger is pregnant with twins.*

When Jack was younger I had to get Reid to snap all of Jack’s clothes for me, you know, because I’m 80 years old! Well, the ultrasound on my finger was to confirm that I have arthritis in that one spot, which is caused by the psoriasis.

I won’t go into all the boring details, except that I visited another doctor for a second opinion for my psoriasis. The doctor is a good friend of Reid and his family, so I felt very comfortable and hopeful.

Although, I didn’t feel very hopeful when the doctor realized I had psoriasis in my ears and mentioned the danger of eventually losing my hearing if it gets worse. It’s moments like that at doctor’s offices that I have to tell myself “don’t cry, don’t cry!”

During mentioning treatment options, he mentioned several things I’d never heard of. One was some type of something involving human or mouse protein. I just nodded and went with it because I’m not sure I even want to know what that’s all about.

BUT he was out of that sample and gave me two injections of Humira instead. I’ll go back every two weeks to get another injection because I’m too much of a baby to do it myself.

(Sidenote: My dear sweet Holly described these what the injections feel like just a few weeks ago. So, when he said injections, my heart skipped a beat. I’d like to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought, but it was like I imagined. Sidenote in this sidenote: Holly is a champ for giving these things to herself. I’m in awe!)

Oh, this was interesting. My vitamin D levels are low, so I’m being put on medication to balance it out. The reason this is interesting to me is that over the past few weeks I’ve been very low on energy and felt a little (and sometimes a lot) down and this could be a contributing factor. Oh, psoriasis, you really are not my friend.

I said I wouldn’t bore you with all the details, but I’ve lied. So sorry.

All this to say that if you have a friend with psoriasis, give them a big hug.

*Don’t get too excited people, I’m not pregnant! Let’s not start any rumors…

In apologies for this long, boring, medical post, I shall give more pictures of Jack, with a guest appearance by Sheena Patton.

the end.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2010 11:16 pm

    well!? where are the pictures!?

  2. February 5, 2010 7:32 am

    Psoriasis is a (insert ugly word). I really hate that you are going through that. I am surprised that it’s in your ears…I never would have thought about that. So, you decided to go with the Humira..huh? Keep us updated on how that is going. I’m glad you posted this. Maybe someone else who is reading this will know they aren’t the only ones fighting this stupid monster. And, yes, arthritis in your hands from the dumb psoriasis is frustrating!!!! I really am sorry that you have to deal with this.

    I love you Urshley…you’re my favorite psoriasis buddy! LOL 🙂

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