Wow! It has been a while since I last posted. No good reason for not posting, so just going to start a new.
It has been about 6 months since I started taking Rituxan. The drug worked really well for me. I have hardly had any flare ups over the last few months. I even survived a week in Reno. The bf and I went to Reno to check out the Reno Air Races. It was awesome! But for someone with RA and Lupus, any vacation can be a scary thought. You are out of your comfort zone, you are on someone else's schedule, the weather is different, the food is not your normal food, and any little thing could set off a flare. And the trip was awesome! It was not until the last day, that my knees and hips decided to give me a little attitude for making them walk all week in the heat. But I survived! It was a great little victory for me. It really made me smile and be thankful for where I am today.
Yesterday I went for another Rituxan treatment. It went surprisingly well. I had no side effects this time, no shortness of breath, no fever and my blood pressure stayed at its normal low. And I was done in 5 1/2 hours. It was great! I even had a friend visit for a little while. It was great to catch up. I could not have asked for a better day.
Today I am doing fine. The only way you would know I went through the ordeal yesterday, is if you spotted my nicely bruised hand. In my eyes, it is a badge of success. A badge of how far I have come this year. Of all that I have accomplished health-wise.
Now I just have one more treatment left. Even though yesterday was easy, I am still not looking forward to it. Oh well...