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They said no by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis They said no. They said no! They said I’m too young. I always get that excuse. They said they want to delay it as long as possible because replacements don’t la ... Read on »
Knee surgery by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I saw my rheumatologist today. After countless physical therapy sessions, I finally get to make an appointment with a orthopedic surgeon to see if I’m a candidate for kn ... Read on »
Sympathy by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I  know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows ... Read on »
I am Loved by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had a birthday this month. I’m twenty four now. I decided I wanted to go out to eat for my birthday this year. I haven’t really done anything the past couple years. ... Read on »
A Light in a Dark Place by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I started my physical therapy again this week. I found myself less than enthusiastic. I’m usually in a private room, but because of overbooking I was out in the bullp ... Read on »
Reflections III by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’ve managed to make it through my entire twenty four year life span without watching What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.  Which is odd. What with my obsession with all things ... Read on »
Whole new level of frustration. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Well I’ve finished my latest rounds of physical therapy. Six weeks of pain and my knees are still not a single degree straighter. My rheumatologist just ordered mo ... Read on »
Therapy once again. And again. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I have been super busy these past few weeks. I’m in the middle of my third and fourth physical therapy sessions. I have been going to one facility in the town I live ... Read on »
Reflection II by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I have serious issues with sharing with people. And sometimes I get angry and want to blame other people for that, but the truth is that I am the one who doesn’t feel ... Read on »
Physical Therapy Results by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I finished my second round of physical therapy in six months. I made good progress. When lying down, and after she pushes on my legs enough, they can get within 15 degre ... Read on »
People by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Warning: Self indulgent post Am I perpetually disappointed in people because I expect too much? I don’t think thats the case, because I dont expect too much. I don ... Read on »
This and That by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis For one month my medication costs were just under $1600. With my new insurance, I only paid $6.25. Enbrel is the biggest expense. It runs a little $1500 a month, but ... Read on »
Comic about R.A. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I like to draw comics about random things in my life. They’re not good, and I spend all of 20 minutes on them, BUT they make me laugh, so I decided to start a series abo ... Read on »
I’m still amazed by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’m still amazed what a difference insurance makes. I just bought my months supply of prednisone and methotrexate. They used to run me about fifty dollars(which I didn’t ... Read on »
Things I can do now that I couldnt six months ago by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Stand up long enough to make a sandwich Sleep on my side a few hours a night. Lay on my stomach Carry my 15 lb dog across the apartment Blow dry my hair easi ... Read on »
Reflections by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I began having symptoms in the spring of 2005, and since then I have not gone a single day without pain. It’s become such a normal experience for me. It’s become a part ... Read on »
Physical Therapy at Home by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. I just had my third visit from my home health therapist. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met. But those tiny little hands are killing me ... Read on »
On the road again by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Well, now that I’m writing I want to finish updating! First of all, my vacation…… I had a perfectly wonderful time. I loved Oregon. I want to move to Portland. It’ ... Read on »
Good times a comin’ by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I did want to at least let everyone know how much better I have been doing. In fact, I feel better than I have in years. And I’m on an almost non existent dose of Predni ... Read on »
Im not sure by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’m not sure I want to continue this blog. Several people I know personally have found out about it. And honestly, it makes me uncomfortable. I dont feel like I can be h ... Read on »