“…..trying this new fad called uh, jogging. I believe it’s jogging or yogging. it might be a soft j. I’m not sure but apparently you just run for an extended period of time. It’s supposed to be wild.”—Ron Burgundy
As some of you already know, I’ve been been treating my psoriasis & psoriatic arthritis with Enbrel for a few months now. Today I was at the dermatologist and we both agree that its not working :( my arms, chest and upper legs are still covered in psoriasis and my arthritis, while much improved is still giving me grief. So we’re going to give Humira a try for a while and keep our fingers crossed.
So today I took my last Enbrel injection and will be given a Humira ‘welcome pack’ at the clinic next week.
I’m getting kinda worried though, I’ve had psoriasis all my life and I’ve tried EVERYTHING to treat it and get it to a stable, manageable level. I’m worried that the Humira will go the same way as the Enbrel and that will be yet ANOTHER unsucessful treatment. There’s only so many drugs available to psoriasis sufferers, and I’m getting through that list too quickly. I’m only 27 ffs and I don’t want to run out of options by the time I’m 30!!!!!!
I’m jut so pissed off with my skin right now GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
“Yo sueño que estoy aquí,
destas prisiones cargado;
y soñé que en otro estado
más lisonjero me vi.
¿Qué es la vida? Un frenesí.
¿Qué es la vida? Una ilusión,
una sombra, una ficción,
y el mayor bien es pequeño;
que toda la vida es sueño,
y los sueños, sueños son.”—Pedro Calderón de la Barca, 1636-1673
Priests can’t have a trade union - and they know it. This week’s meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Dublin represented a surprise re-emergence of protest among priests - just four years after their total humiliation.
Until 2008, Irish Catholic priests convened an annual Conference of Priests of Ireland (CPI). That fell apart, because the priests themselves were so demoralised and felt that no-one was listening to them.
They were over-worked and under-manned. They were also getting used to a new feeling that they were not only being ignored by most people, but were actively reviled.
In an effort to persuade priests that they were being heard by their bishops, the CPI invited the Irish bishops to come and meet them and hear their grievances. Only four turned up.
“The details of my life are quite inconsequential… very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.”—- Dr. Evil
So after a bit of a delay, I had my first enbrel injection today.
I was supposed to start it about 4 weeks ago, but I ended up getting the flu and had to postpone until I was well again.
Anyway, all went very well in the clinic. They made me do two trial runs with a ‘dummy’ pen first to make sure I had the technique right and then let me shoot up on my own. I’m delighted that I get to use the pen rather than the regular syringes. I’m not afraid of needles or anything but the pen is just so easy to use. Just stick it in and push the button….SIMPLES.
I’m starting off on 100mg a week (two injections of 50mg)
I will still be taking 17.5mg of MTX a week but they reckon they can start weaning me off it in about 8-12 weeks. FANTASTIC!
“Well, it’s funny that the people, when they say that this is evidence of the Almighty, always quote beautiful things. They always quote orchids and hummingbirds and butterflies and roses. But I always have to think too of a little boy sitting on the banks of a river in west Africa who has a worm boring through his eyeball, turning him blind before he’s five years old. And I reply and say, “Well, presumably the God you speak about created the worm as well,” and now, I find that baffling to credit a merciful God with that action. And therefore it seems to me safer to show things that I know to be truth, truthful and factual, and allow people to make up their own minds about the moralities of this thing, or indeed the theology of this thing.”—David Attenborough (via atribeofjazz)