Friday, July 23, 2010


I haven't abandoned my blog, I swear.  It just turns out I have rheumatoid arthritis (diagnosis confirmed solidly last week), which explains why I'm too tired to cook and my right hand* hurts too much to chop or lift a skillet.  I'm being treated and in time, the meds should make things all better,but in the meantime, please forgive the posting irregularities.  I'm still here.  Just cringing into my wrist brace, practicing my gimp moves and waiting the two + months for the DMARDs to work their magic.

Anyone eating anything delicious lately?  Or have any suggestions for things to cook that require little or no hands to prepare?

* I'm right handed.


Anonymous,  July 23, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

aw, sorry for the bummer news. buy an electric can opener, it will make life a tiny bit easier. i'd use this as an excuse to dine out & order in for at LEAST a week.

NOJuju July 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

The electric can opener is an excellent suggestion! I'm completely incapable of opening a can right now. Reaming limes is also rough. Might need a new squeezer for that too. Been totally taking advantage of takeout this week.

Anonymous,  July 23, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

Hi. I read your blog. My sympathies for your diagnosis. I have psoriatic arthritis and it started in my right hand, wrist and some other parts. I'm right handed, also, so cooking was extremely difficult until the meds kicked in. Touching anything at all was bad! BUMMER! I take Enbrel, which is an RA med approved for PA, as well. (I fought with the insurance co to get it, though.) It's worked miraculously for over 3 years, now. My hand is a little bit weak, but I was able to get back to cooking and chopping just as well as before the DX. I hope you get the same result or better! I enjoy your blog and look forward to your regular postings again, but do tell of your meals that you eat out, in the meantime, please!

NOJuju July 23, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

Hi Anonymous! Thanks so much for commenting. I love knowing you're out there reading and will take heart that you know what I'm experiencing right now. I'm only a week into the meds so far, so have a while to go before the hurt goes away, but in the meantime, I really appreciate the encouragement. I am right where you were, with the "touching anything at all is bad" but am hoping to have the same good fortune you did and can get back to cooking normally soon. Thanks again. :)

Ginger,  July 23, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

Sorry about the anonymous. I must have done something wrong. Anyway, I had to start on prednisone, which I despised, but which worked, pronto, until I finished instructing my doc on how to get the med I wanted. I was having to use crutches to walk and that was near impossible with my hand. If the sheets touched my hand, I thought I'd scream and every time I moved it, I swear I could feel the fluids moving around in it.

You'll get there, though. Keep that light at the end of the tunnel in sight, even though it's difficult. You'll get closer and closer and one day, you will feel normal again.

On the bright side, if you're not ambidextrous, as I'm not, you will learn to do some personal things and other things with your left hand and that will come in "handy" in the future. I didn't think of it as a plus at the time, of course, but I realized it later on.

I had to take some pain killers to sleep and at other times, on occasion, while going through the process. If you need them, take them. No reason to be a martyr or hero. I tried that. It wasn't fun. I hate pain killers, but I was so much better off when I gave in. Quality of life any way you can get it while going through the process was the way to go, for me.

I'll be checking in on you with high hopes that you get good results, soon. If not, try something else. There are quite a few options out there. Don't get discouraged.

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