6 Months Later…

Six months ago today, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy wrote his first blog post.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy Saves The World!
RA Guy on April 24, 2009

Okay, so maybe I didn’t save the world – yet. But I did launch this blog, and on a Friday afternoon no less. Now I can kick back and relax over the weekend. I’ll go back to saving the world on Monday.

The idea to start my own blog has been simmering around in my head for a while, but upon hearing for the third time in a month “Why don’t you start your own blog?” I finally decided to give it a go.  I put aside my self-paced iPhone application development training (and corresponding new MacBook Air – what a lovely thing) and jumped into the world of Adobe Illustrator (illustrations on the right) and WordPress (blog publishing software, for those who are not familiar).

I hope to have fun sharing adventures of my journey through chronic pain and debilitating inflammation.  My rheumatoid arthritis has undergone a major progression during the past few months, and I need to turn my daily routine of putting on and taking off my wrist guards and ankle protectors into something fun.  Hence, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy and his tungsten wrist guards and titanium ankle protectors.

And yes, I really do still have a full head of hair.  Although two weeks ago I started taking Arava for my rheumatoid arthritis, and one of the most common side effects of this drug seems to be hair loss.  Here’s hoping that I don’t become follically challenged.  (Although I guess being able to comfortably lift a brush is more important than having a full head of hair – darn those wrists!)

So welcome to my world and welcome to my blog.  Don’t be shy – I would love to hear from you.

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

Original Post: http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/2009/04/hello-world/

Have I saved the world? Maybe not yet – but I do think that I have started to do my part in helping to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with rheumatoid arthritis. Along the way, I have met many other wonderful superheroes. It’s been a great journey up to now. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

FYI, I eventually did start losing my hair, after being on Arava for a few months…but I am still able to lift a brush!

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy


All Into The Risk Pool

This system forces sick people to bear high costs for chronic illnesses over which they have little control. Only when we include everyone in the risk pool do we have an insurance system that does not punish individuals for being sick.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/opinion/lweb23douthat.html

If you have not already, please do take a look at The Faces of Pre-Existing Conditions.


Arthritis Is A Journey: Meet MissRose

MissRoseIsn’t she adorable? She is the softest, most cuddly, sweetest little pink plush I’d ever seen. She has agreed to be my new friend and coach for my journey for a healthier lifestyle and nutritional game plan. She has promised never to make fun of how many cookies I eat. She doesn’t care what size of clothes I wear or that I huff and puff when I walk up the stairs. When I squeeze her too tight or cry real tears on her, she doesn’t mind. Her assignment is to remind me to take care of myself in a gentle, positive, and happy way.

Read More: http://www.arthritisjourney.com/2009/10/meet-missrose.html

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Winter Must-Haves

Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy's Joints Gone Wild

Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is glad to be heading into warmer weather. Winter this past year not only started a month earlier, but it also ended a month later. On top of these two extra months of winter, temperatures were much lower than usual – and, it snowed much more than usual. While most of my readers continue to move towards colder temperatures, down here in the Southern Hemisphere things are the exact opposite. The days are getting both longer and warmer. I am loving it.

I’ll do my best to send some of this sun and warm weather up north, but I can’t make any promises. I know how hard cold weather can be when living with rheumatoid arthritis. For some of my hints on coping with winter, please see My Own Personal Kryptonite.

“When Superman was exposed to one particular thing, he immediately lost all of his powers and became weak.  The thing that had such an immediate and pronounced effect on Superman was green kryptonite.  Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has his own personal kryptonite – but it’s called winter.”

Today I thought it would be good if we could share some of our must-have items for winter. I’ll go ahead and start.

I have never been much of a slipper guy…that is, up until I had rheumatoid arthritis. Before, I believed in the power of bare feet,  and sometimes just walking around with socks if it was a little chilly. (Hey, I grew up in South Texas, where our slippers were beach sandals!)

But since I have been living with rheumatoid arthritis, this has all changed. As soon as I get out of bed, there is no way I am going to make things worse by putting my feet on a cold floor. So I’ve gone through slipper after slipper during the past few years. This past year, I decided to spend a little more on a slipper that was not only more comfortable, but which would last longer as well. I haven’t regretted a cent that I spent on my slippers, shown below.


Mens Slippers Qwaruba

Qwaruba Men’s Cabin Fever Cocoa Sheepskin Slippers

  • 100% Australian Merino Sheepskin upper & insole
  • Opera stylng with twin elastic side-gores
  • Seamless footbed
  • Double lock-stitched suede “mudguard”
  • Lasted upper
  • “Memory” foam midsole
  • Lightweight indoor/outdoor TPR (Rubber) “Diamond” outsole
  • Qwaruba donates all profits to charity

More Info: http://shoes.footwearetc.com/asearch#ts=ajax&w=qwaruba&af=&asug=

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy