A friend of mine - who blogs for an Irish e-magazine and actually gets paid to write about her life - told me one night recently that she had read through my blog, and thought I was a decent writer. The idea has been pushing its way into my thoughts when I read blog posts from others, and particularly when I feel the need to blather on about my various ailments without shoving it in everybody's faces on Twitter and Facebook. Living a chronically ill life is isolating at times, and although there's a great community of chronically awesome people on Twitter, I don't think it's necessary to bombard them with every last detail.
Writing this blog gives me the satisfaction of a one-sided phone conversation without the guilt.
In other words, I'm back, just like Family Guy. (Let's pretend it just came back now rather than 8 years ago.) Not necessarily better than ever, but I'm back nonetheless.
Here is an update from my last post, in bullets this time:
- I didn't get into nursing school. I did take some more prereqs, but that's where I left it. I'm okay with this right now. Gives me room to explore other options.
- I did run that 5K distance! In fact, I ran in a timed 5K last May, and did it in 32:33.
- I have been on and off Enbrel for 18 months. I've taken a week or two off here and there for various mild illnesses, 4 weeks off this past summer due to an antibiotic-resistant jaw infection (3 antibiotics and no improvement until urgent oral surgery to remove the offending cyst), 6 weeks off in December and January while I fought some upper respiratory infections, and a self-imposed break because I've been getting facial rashes that could have been related to drug-induced lupus. (They don't seem to be, at least I haven't heard back regarding my latest bloodwork.) I haven't been on MTX since mid-December and I haven't decided if I want to go back to it.
- I found a new rheumatologist after being seriously dissatisfied with my old one, but that's a different post for a different day.
- Susannah is 6.5 now. Emily is almost 4. The party we threw for Susannah's 5th birthday turned out well; Emily is still not fully potty-trained. Funny how certain things go by so quickly, and others seem to drag on forever.
In a nutshell, some things are the same, many things have changed.
Oh, and it was snowing on the second day of spring. Bizarre.