After my first visit to the Rheumatology Consultant last week, and before I start on the medication (a DMARD called methotextrate, an anti-emetic for the consequent nausea, and folic acid for the likely anemia) later this coming week, I’m enjoying the temporary respite from pain afforded by steroid injections and co-codomol.
Things might be worse. Rheumatoid arthritis is an unfortunate condition which is likely to reduce my lifespan and which will oblige me to modify my lifestyle. It’s painful and it’s progressive. But then I think of people like Virginia Postrel, whom I first happened upon through her blog at Dynamist. A few years ago she donated a kidney to her friend, and wrote and spoke quite convincingly on living organ donation and payment to organ donors – and then she was diagnosed with breast cancer, had surgery and chemo and is now starting radiation therapy. Things could be much worse.
There’ll be more over at Rheumatoidia soon, as soon as I’ve finished the new theme for the site.