Archive for April, 2015

Arthritis PSA for Cat Lovers

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As a cat owner who uses the occasional muscle-relief lotion to combat arthritis pain, I was upset to read this article:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/20/400994162/humans-use-of-pain-relief-creams-proves-fatal-to-felines

To summarize, the lotions that we use for our aches and pains, are fatal for our kitties. So if you use the lotion, don’t let your kitties lick you. If you use the lotion and then a blanket, make sure you wash the blanket after use before putting it in the same room as your kitty.

We all know those little purr-balls can help us feel better, so lets keep them safe!

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The Curative Powers of Tattoos

Since getting diagnosed with RA, I’ve gotten two, carefully crafted tattoos. They are reminders to have hope, be positive, dream big, and stay strong.

There’s been stories out there about how healing tattoos can be for breast cancer survivors, but what about the rest of us?

I’m not about to say that tattoos are for everyone, but for me, a tattoo can be a very cathartic experience. I got my first post-RA tattoo about six months after being diagnosed. I had to get a sign-off from my doctor (and would recommend you do the same) because I was worried that the heavy doses of RA drugs I was taking at the time to suppress my immune system would make it difficult to heal.

My tattoo artist, the brilliant and beautiful Sandi Calistro, made the experience *relatively* painless. Four hours later, I had a custom compass/dreamcatcher on the side of my ribcage. A reminder to stay on the path to my dreams, my true north, despite the set backs of RA. A symbol to ward off the bad thoughts, the worry, and to keep the hope.

Dreamcatcher

I recently got a second post-RA tattoo, also by Sandi. This one a quote from one of my favorite poems, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, along with an image of a fox inspired by the poem. It reminds me that I’m not giving up yet. I’m not passively floating through life.

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As Robert Frost so eloquently wrote,

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep

And miles to go before I sleep.

Do you have a tattoo you got to help you heal? I’d love to see it!!

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An RA Gift Exchange

Want to mail a little hope? RA Guy is organizing an RA hope care package exchange. I think this is an awesome, beautiful idea (I’m all signed up).

Give and receive a little hope by signing up here.


http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/2015/04/hope-care-package-exchange/

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