Morning and Happy Father’s Day. It’s a beautiful day here in New England and after working hard yesterday in the yard, Mr. Phat and I are looking for a day of relaxing by the coast. We both could use a day of down time. He’s still recovering from his spinal fusion and finally is experiencing some relief from the pain. He’s got a long way to go but is moving in the right direction.
I had an extra busy winter and spring with taking care of him, and working a new position at my office that I love, but it keeping me VERY busy. It’s fast paced, high energy and has pushed me back into sales in a satisfying way.
I also spear headed a reunion weekend at my college in Maine which was attended by almost 100 people from my class and 1500 from all classes. It was a very successful event and I made it home, full of nostalgia and love. The next night I started with the sore throat and fever and by morning was feeling lousy. Just what I didn’t need, was to take 2 days off from work, but I had no choice.
But, there is a huge difference for me now, than there was with my prior medication regimen. I loved Enbrel, but I would get very sick, be down for 7 – 10 days, and need anti biotics to clear my sinuses and lungs.
With Xeljanz XR, it’s a daily pill, so it basically leaves your body each day. When I feel punk, I pass on taking it, helping my immune system work on the germs. The enbrel stayed in my system for a week or more, so unless I got symptoms on the day I was to inject, my immune system was too compromised to fight the bacteria. My ENT told me several years ago that it was the worst drug for my sinuses, but it suppressed my RA so well, what choice did I have?
This week, I got sick Monday night and didn’t inject the MTX either. I skipped Xeljanz XR for a couple of days and managed to get to work after 2 days sick – which is new and different for me. (ok, a little more joint pain, but since I was laying down, it didn’t really matter)
I was really bummed when Enbrel stopped working, but in hindsight, I have found benefits of my new drug regimen. Wishing all of you health and happiness.