Prayers please.

I had an appointment with my rheumatolgist yesterday.

I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis two years ago this month. It has been a long two years. I have been pushing back against prescription drugs for most of that time. I have tried many, many natural remedies to find relief. I will say, many things have helped me.

I sat in the office and the doctor showed me an x-ray of my hands. I was able to see some joint erosion and bone thinning in the joints of my fingers. That was my tipping point. It is time to pull out the big guns. It is time for Humira.

If you watch television, at all, you know what Humira is. There are commercials for it or a similar drug, at least four times and hour. From the amount of advertising for the different drugs it seems like everyone must have psoriatic arthritis. I have been afraid to try a biologic. Sure, you see Phil Michelson swinging his golf club or flipping a pancake and you think, yes, that drug is for me. Well, until you hear about the 101 side effects.

I’m going to take my chance. I am hoping to be able to take my life back. Get full mobility back in my hands. Be able to get out of a chair, pain-free. Be able to wear shoes, pain-free. Be able to walk and sleep, pain-free.

Draw back, it is an injectable. I am not afraid of shots, but, I’ve never been the one with the needle in my hand. My sweet friend, who is a nurse, has offered to help me until I can do it myself. I’m grateful!

So, here I am, asking if you will say a prayer for me. A prayer that Humira works to stop my joint damage and heals my body. A prayer that I will feel pain-free. I so appreciate your prayers.

I hope that soon I am posting photos of me painting furniture in my garage again.

Thank you!

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