Although I am not happy to hear that things have not changed, I am glad to hear an update on how you are doing. Thanks for letting me know
I heard in the other thread Robin started about ya that you are working with the good Dr McD - I am praying hard that this will help you more than it has already. Did you ever read Katydid"s Journal
? She has been doing this for years and is only just now getting to the root of her inflammation issues - most of that part is on Page 9 of the journal.
Speaking of being an artist, I just used my magic google search powers and found your art, LindaPinda!
I love it - clearly it is not only a source of income for you, but also your calling. Nothing should ever be allowed to get in the way of it! Glad the Enbrel helped a lot with your right hand.Michelle,
yes our original design really does a number on us, now. Or we do on it. Or...whatever...just watch out for those mountain lions
We have coyote packs out here, too.
Ah, California wild livin'
What's new? Been away awhile and that always means things have been good. Did discover a few new things that are relevant.
Thanks to lmggallagher
, aka Michelle
I added barometric pressure to my daily symptom chart, and lo and behold! My discomfort increases when the pressure is dropping or low, and dissipates when it is rising or high.
Although, important clarification, I have gotten to the point where my symptoms are rarely actual pain
, but I get the threat of pain, some itchiness/slight burning around the joints and where the psoriatic patches used to be, and fatigue when the disease acts up. A great improvement.
Pretty much the only time I get actual pain is right before I get my period, and even then not too bad. Possibly this is due to the rise of prostaglandin-2 that accompanies the period, or because of a slight hormonal imbalance such as lowish progesterone/relatively high estrogen, which would correlate with other symptoms I get as PMS. who knows? I'll just keep on charting, observing and researching.
I am considering taking TC Cambells online nutrition course, Dr Fuhrmans nutritional counselor course, and the Engine 2 Diet food coach course so I can begin to really share what I have learned with others - others who want to hear it, that is!
I got the idea one day after I saw my husband's eyes glaze over (yet again) as I (yet again) began a long-winded speech about the benefits of plant based eating. And he eats this way, he is totally convinced, but is not that interested in the science behind it.
So for now, I am investigating the courses and their costs to decide which one to take, and looking into opportunities to earn some money from it as well, since I really need to justify the expense.
I know Whole Foods hires nutritional educators for their Health Starts Here program, and I am sure nobody would be surprised to hear that there are oodles of private food coaches here in Los Angeles. Perhaps I will join their ranks. We shall see.
Additional plus side? If I earn any money from it, I can deduct things like ordering or going to the ASW! Gotta network, right?