11/17/16 Updates

Hello and Woof! I know I haven’t posted since Veteran’s Day, and I will try to catch up with comments and blogs just as soon as I can.

Wanted to give you kind readers an update on Mom. She received orders in the mail stating her blood test was in fact, RA positive, and a referral to see a Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist. Mom was glad to have a definitive answer, because she has been in a lot of pain. I asked her what it was like, and she said, “Burning, I feel like I am burning inside like hot coals.” (For those of you who are not sure, RA is an auto-immune disease, which can strike  at any time. Left untreated, it’s a nasty bit of goods.)

Mom duly got on the phone to make the appointment, and was shocked that the specialist cannot see her til January 4, 2017. The person at the RA office told Mom to speak to her primary care doctor for pain relief until then. So, Mom got back on the phone to try to reach her doctor. Who was unable to get back to her until the next day. It was a rough 24 hours.

You can imagine, I had my paws full. Every time I turned around Mom was applying a patch to some part of her body that was painful. I had to watch her very carefully, because she felt so exhausted all the time. Finally, the doctor got back to her and sent over a prescription for Celebrex. Mom read the side effects, which were heavy and not good, but made the decision to give it a try. However, she does not feel she will be on it long-term; just to get her through to the RA guy.

That’s where we’re at: Mom is feeling about 50% better, but she knows this drug is only treating the symptom, not the disease. She told me she was going to weigh things very carefully, and possibly see a homeopathic doctor located in Michigan once she has heard what the RA doc has to say. We’re taking it one step at a time.

As for me, I am doing fine. Those tabby kitties have been out skulking birds in the back yard since the weather has been unseasonably warm for this time of year. Watching them out the window is like a looking at a big screen TV for me. There was a kitty in the yard this morning just inches from my nose. He sat very quietly and then bristled up his tail and ran between the slats of the fence into the neighbor’s back yard. Mom told me to “leave it” but man! That cat escaped by a whisker. Foiled again!

Thank you to all my readers, all who comment and like, and for your concern about Mom and me. I will keep you all posted. Thanks for reading!

Woof! Love, Maggie


By the way, today is the Fabulous, Always Entertaining, RuPaul’s birthday. In celebration of that, I’m divalicious in my leopard blanket! You betta work! Woof!



17 thoughts on “11/17/16 Updates

  1. CrimsonCorundum

    It’s good that your mom has you to look after her, Maggie. I hope she’ll feel a little better soon and that the expert will be able to help her. Please tell your mom to try to hang in there. Just be nice to the cats, Maggie, or at least ignore them. It’s not worth it.

  2. hitandrun1964

    Okay, first of all, that’s a fabulous picture of Maggie. Adorable. Second, I can’t believe you have to wait until January to be seen. So difficult. I know you’re afraid of the medication. I am too, so I understand how much you don’t want to take it. I’m sorry you’re in so much pain. Hope things work out quickly and you’re feeling better soon. I will keep you informed as to the march in Chicago. Feel better.

    1. maggie0019 Post author

      Thank you. I begged for them to take me in early but they said I’d need 2 people to cancel back-to-back since they need at least an hour with me. It’s frustrating, but I’m taking the level 2 NSAID and feeling a lot better. Thanks so much! Maggie says she feels like a diva. I know this is not your favorite holiday so sending hugs and tasty tofu. 😉

  3. weggieboy

    RA pain is severe indeed, so I feel for you, Liz. I hope you can find relief that doesn’t come with potential horrific side effects. You are wise, though, to get all the information you can on whatever the doctors prescribe for your pain because the potential harm may outweigh any benefit.

    I always go to the Internet for information of the negative aspects of drugs I’m prescribed, and make use of my pharmacist’s knowledge and that of my doctor so I’m as armed as I can be with knowledge, which helps me formulate questions in case I just can’t see the benefits.

    1. maggie0019 Post author

      I was very leery of this level 2 NSAID but I am feeling so incredibly much better! I am lucky I have a doctor (primary) who actually listens. It’s rare nowadays! I also have a great rapport with our local pharmacist. He’s a very nice and knowledgeable guy. Maggie sends a Woof! Scritchies to the kitties! 😉

      1. weggieboy

        That is especially important when you have an auto-immune disease! I’m pleased to know you are feeling better, especially this close to the holidays, where you time and efforts will be over-board anyway!

        (Andy and Dougy appreciate the extra scritches! Rub Maggie’s nose for me and tell her “What a good dog!” for me! Tell her I still have her beautiful picture on my wall, and it will stay there as long as I am around! I love it!)

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