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Off Sick (with a cold)

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Being off sick with a cold is somewhat confusing to me this time round. I don't think I've had a cold in years and where before, it was the stuffy nose, the coughing and the sneezing and sore throat that were the worst things, this time it's the fatigue and it's because of the fatigue that I don't know when I should go back to work.

Because, honestly, I can take drugs to combat all the other symptoms but the 12 hour sleeps at night and the two one-hour naps during the day are definitely not doable at work!

Tomorrow, I was supposed to go to a one-day conference one hour away. The good thing about not skipping this conference is that it would allow me to ease into being back at work for the first time since Friday since it wouldn't be a particularly strenuous day other than the one-hour drive each way.

The other good thing about attending the conference tomorrow is that it would help me to adjust for being back at work (the office) on Thursday, which is very important because I need to go out Thursday night and wouldn't get to bed until 10 at the earliest (which is about 3 hours past my usual bedtime).

If I didn't go to work, obviously I shouldn't go out Thursday night either but it's our weekly bridge lesson and since we've missed the last two, I really don't feel that we should miss a third week so early into the lessons.

So, I was thinking in order to go to the conference tomorrow and to go to work on Thursday with bridge on Thursday night, I'll go to bed early tonight and early again tomorrow night and if necessary, I'll either grab a nap at lunchtime on Thursday or after work before bridge Thursday night.

What do you think?

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REBELINPINK 11/7/2010 3:56AM

    The first year after I started RA drugs I was cold free too, but the last two I haven't been able to kick one cold after another. And working with kids & going to school puts me in the 'danger zone' for everything else. I had been afraid that RA meant always being sick, but if you were healthy before this cold, then that gives me hope. I also agree with the other two, that the fatigue is most likely from RA. I haven't been able to kick it myself, but apparently my rheumatologist isn't worried about it, so I've just been trucking along. Anyway, I know this is late, but I hope the conference went well & I hope you are feeling better! Take care!

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MOLLIEMAC 11/2/2010 2:41PM

    Joanna, hope it's not an RA flare. There are however, already folks getting the seasonal flu so probably not the greatest idea to push yourself OR share your bug with others. Rest up and get better quick. emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/2/2010 2:04PM

    Sounds doable. You know, fatigue isn't a normal symptom of a cold.. Its more of a RA symptom. If you think you may be starting a flare, best get on your RA Dr.'s
Hope you feel better soon..

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Both of these amazing women were friends of mine and I miss them very much. I hope that they are in a better place now and are enjoying themselves as they deserve to.

Take care my friends. I will remember you always. Rest in Peace.

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CURLYGIRL1120 9/26/2010 2:28PM

    So so sad. What is there to say except I'm so sorry for your loss. God Blessings to them and their friends and family

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JHADZHIA 9/25/2010 11:12PM

    It is sad when they are lost so young :(
They will live on in your memories. They have been released from their suffering..

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Antigua in February

Monday, August 30, 2010

So, my dad and I have decided to go to Antigua in February. Now all we have to decide is which resort. I'm leaning towards St. James Bay:


But, Grand Pineapple Beach Resort is also a possibility:


There's only $66 difference between the two.

What do you think?

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JHADZHIA 8/31/2010 12:26AM

    St James bay seems pretty limited in activities, whereas the pineapple one you could get around and take tours of a rainforest, historic Antigua, etc, spend some time with civilization. So its basically being a couch potato in a limited island St James for your entire trip, or getting out and doing a little exploring and experiencing. For me it would be no contest, I like the Pineapple one because I am not a person that can sit around for hours doing nothing lol. They both look absolutely fabulous though, of course..

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WINDLEG 8/30/2010 8:12PM

    I checked out both sites and have to lean towards St. Johns Bay as well...It was just so lush and so green and so beautiful!!!

Either way, I don't think you can go wrong on this one....Enjoy counting down the days!

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Alcohol Cuts Risk of Arthritis: Study

Thursday, July 29, 2010

by Iona Craig
Bloomberg News

LONDON (Jul 29, 2010)
Regular alcohol consumption provided protection against rheumatoid arthritis and its painful effects, British researchers found in the first study to show the link in humans.

Nondrinkers were four times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people who drank alcohol on more than 10 days a month, according to the research published online this week by the journal Rheumatology. Arthritis patients who drank regularly had less severe symptoms than non-drinkers, the study found.

There is no known cause or cure for rheumatoid arthritis. The disease occurs when the immune system attacks the joints, causing pain and swelling and potentially leading to severe disability and early death.

"Alcohol may also have a mild painkilling effect," said James Maxwell, a rheumatologist and author of the study. "X-rays showed there was less damage to joints, blood tests showed lower levels of inflammation and there was less joint pain, swelling and disability" among drinkers.

His report cited previous research using ethanol and mice, which pointed to testosterone as a potential link to the inflammation-fighting effects, as levels of the hormone rose in line with increased ethanol consumption. Ethanol is the intoxicating component of alcoholic beverages.

The findings supported Scandinavian research published in June 2008 showing that alcohol consumption reduced the risk of rheumatoid arthritis by 40 to 50 per cent.

More research is needed to determine how that process works, the researchers said.

from The Hamilton Spectator on Thursday, July 29, 2010

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CEGRUBE 1/2/2011 10:55AM

    Hmmmm? I'll drink to that! emoticon

I'm going to make sure I bring this information to my rheumatologist. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 7/29/2010 8:27PM

    Maybe why men don't get the disease as much as women because they have testosterone.
Alcohol also can lead to obesity as inhibitions are lowered and people eat more.
I have never liked alcohol and never will, rates right up there with coffee for tasting gross.
Thanks for sharing this article with us!

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BKWERM 7/29/2010 12:50PM

    Well, I hardly ever drink so maybe that's why I got rheumatoid arthritis! Who knew that alcohol might have prevented it...

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CLYN204 7/29/2010 12:11PM

I read that using wine was good for you, but this is the first positive response I have heard about hard liquor.

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BALLOUZOO 7/29/2010 12:00PM

    Interesting. Did you know a lot of the people who live to be over 100 drink in moderation?

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Good stretching DVD for people w/mobility issues

Friday, July 16, 2010

David Carradine's Shaolin Cardio Kick Boxing - I got this one out of the library and the "cardio" is a misnomer. I only burned 145 calories in 40 minutes. I was really looking forward to another kickboxing DVD because I really enjoy kickboxing.

On the over hand, I've been looking for a good standing stretching DVD and this one was good for that so if you want a DVD that's more like Tai Chi/standing yoga then this is a good one (there's no floorwork and no dumbbells used).

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JHADZHIA 7/16/2010 10:51AM

    It doesn't help that Carradine is just a TV and movie star that has had basic training for his shows and not a real martial artist. I love high intensity kick boxing videos and so far Kathy Smith's Cardio Knockout beats anything.
I do like Weight Loss Cardio kick with Violet Zaki as she does use weights in her program.
I would have tried Sharon Mann's kickboxing as I really like her circuit training video, but it was given poor reviews as being too short and just a patchwork of her TV shows, too bad..
Thanks for the review! Hope you have a great Friday!

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1888MICHELLE 7/16/2010 7:29AM

    Thanks!! I love stretching!!

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