Sunday, August 30, 2015

Graduation With A Reminder

Last Tuesday I had my normal 3 month checkup with bloodwork. For the first time since my diagnosis I didn't take my monthly journal. There just isn't much to say.

I'm doing great 6 months off of the "liquid gold", also known as Methotrexate. No disease progression. No increased activity. In fact, my activity level at times can be unnoticeable or manageable without medication. That's wonderful. I can attempt to cut back my Humira to a monthly shot although I cannot come off of it.....yet. That's still my ultimate goal but I will take monthly. My nonsurgical knee was starting to give me some problems. I totally understand as I am just off my first winning tennis season in the USTA with both teams ( 18 & over and 40 & over). A couple days later it feels great, I'm playing great again and able to move. I am hopeful to win this next battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield who believes my Syn Visc injections are just putting off the inevitable knee replacement surgery. Their words not mine. I think they are insane for suggestion that to a 46 year old rheumatic. I knew my inflammation marker would be up, I could feel it.

I did pick a horrible time to try to stretch my shot to 4 weeks. Very horrible time. I had heat exhaustion at my last state tennis match. I finished the match when most wouldn't, but, I really put my body through more than a rheumatic should. I guess I don't like to leave things unfinished. With that came a minor flare. I made it to three and a half weeks between my Humira shots, but, I also had a right hand flare (those are fun for a professional musician). I had to put myself on a short course of prednisone for 24 hours. I am now weaning off and was able to work this morning. Humira is taking control. I will try again but at least I can spread them out more. I was very lax in my supplement regiment as my diet got a little out of sync. I am getting back on track. More tart cherry juice and prioritizing my Tumeric. Also giving up more sugar.

My next office visit is in 6 months. I hope this disease continues on the same path it has been the last six months. Humira has been good for me, I still don't listen to the commercials and probably won't as long as I need it to feel normal. It's a scary drug which is why making sure exercising and a healthy almost raw diet. I will always be gluten free. I am at peace with that and since I've lost 40 pounds without trying I am staying the course.

Small flare aside, I feel great. I never thought I would say that two years ago!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

My Anti-inflammatory Shake

I completely feel that as a rheumatic I am completely dependent on Tart Cherry Juice. Sometimes after I play or because of weather I really need a boost to my regiment. I take a few vitamins and minerals throughout the day. When I need a boost I've beendrinking a anti-inflammatory shake made with my Nurti Bullet I love my Nurtibullet. I have no idea how I lived without it. I can generally notice a difference literally within a few hours. Here's the ingredients. This is my variation because it doesn't taste so good. I find it to be bitter without honey.

Half of a lime, peeled
Pineapple
1 celery stalk
Half cucumber including skin and seeds
Honey
Coconut Water to fill max fill line

I keep pineapple frozen. The colder for this the better. Sometimes I will even add ice. Pulse for 30 seconds. Try to enjoy. It's tough.

Let me know if this works for you.