Things appear to be looking up this week. El niῆo brought unusually warm and sunny weather to Seattle. This allowed for an entire day spent outdoors catching up on some neglected chores like car repairs, disposing of the Christmas tree, and trimming the dog. Unfortunately, the weather patterns may wreck havoc on the upcoming winter Olympic games held just a 100 miles north in Vancouver, BC. There hasn’t been much fresh snow in a while and temperatures are above normal (see article).
These chores may not have been possible a few months ago…or at least tackling them all in an entire day. While joint pain, stiffness, and fatigue continue to linger around, they are much diminished and don’t distract. Four months of Cimzia injections appear to be putting RA into a state of check. Tracking of symptoms reveal a steady decrease over time. My rheumatologist was quite pleased and indicated that there would not be a need for another office visit for three months. That’s good news since monthly visits were the norm for quite a while. My calendar and bank account are also grateful. Whether or not it will be possible, my goal is to get down to only one medication within the next month…Cimzia injections.
While visiting with the gastroenterologist last week, he was curious about my use of Cimzia. He treats patients with ulcerative colitis and regularly prescribes Humira. Cimzia is also approved for ulcerative colitis but he said that his patients refuse to take it because “it hurts too much.” I laughed because I prefer the once a month injections. No pain, no gain!
If there were better conditions at the ski resorts, I would’ve went skiing on this MLK holiday instead of doing chores. In the meantime, I’ll take the sunny skies and RA symptoms that appear to be under control.