Saw the rheumatologist yesterday who started me on a new biologic. This one is primarily for Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylopathy, but can be used for other inflammatory conditions. IT is currently in trials for RA and there is evidence it treats UC, too. Jury is out on how effective it is, so I am being a bit of a guinea pig by trying it. One epi-pen like shot per week (yay, no copay) and then will assess whether it is helping or not. Also got a second Vectra DA test to measure a broad range of inflammatory markers. This test is only allowed once a year due to cost, and since I’ve been off meds for a long time, it made sense to do it. Last time it came back with markers for high inflammation, providing the first blood test evidence that RA was rampant. Judging by how I have been feeling, I expect the same results this time. Yesterday I was shuffling like Tim Conway and really hurting. Doctor reminded me that muscles are surrounded by the same cells present in joints, and they become inflamed, which explains a lot. Got a iv shot of prednisone and already feel a bit better. Grateful to not be working this week and getting a little extra rest. Slow mornings are wonderful. Inflammation and flares seem to creep up slowly, building until they feel overwhelming. Pushing through takes lots of energy.
Today there is a snowstorm to our west, rain expected here. A nice quiet day indoors. I have new spider plant babies that need planting, and lots of chores. Hoping I can sit comfortably and bead, too (tried last night but just couldn’t sit.) As a tribute to the beautiful power of stitch, here is a short video from the V&A Museum featuring artist Rosie Taylor-Davies recreating a medieval styled stitched piece. So beautiful. Love the split stitch -- always was my favorite for wool work. Enjoy!