Sunday Break

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy

Because there is no such thing as taking too many breaks!

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I’m beginning to realize that I like taking photos of flowers.

Flower Ile de la Cite

This photo was taken in the little park at the tip of Ile de la Cité. We had just finished our picnic lunch, and were headed to Ile Saint-Louis for some wonderful ice cream (with a stop at Notre Dame, of course.) It was late September, so the large crowds of summer tourists had already gone.

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Got some new RA toys on Friday! The first was a personal TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine that I can use here around the house. The second was a hand exerciser – the type with pegs and elastic bands of different strength. I’ve already put both of them to good use.

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The FDA recently approved a labeling change for Arava (leflunomide) which indicates that users should be screened for latent tuberculosis before starting treatment…but doesn’t say anything about those of us who are already taking this treatment.

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I was recently asked for details about the gloves that I used in order to prevent ulnar drift, which is a hand deformity where swelling in the big knuckles at the base of the fingers causes the fingers to become displaced, tending towards the small finger.

Ulnar Deviation Splint
Elcross Ulnar Deviation Splint
Hook and loop closures for simple application and removal. Corrective straps align fingers in neutral position; shaped steel stay offers resistance to ulnar deviation.

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!