Wednesday, July 31, 2013

More?

Nope, not more questions or answers.  Too many long posts make a bloggy boring. Don't want to go there (MOM).

 So bring back the FUN----- Every so often I send one or more of the kids off with the camera and tell them to get some pictures, and  it's always interesting to see what they come back with:)

So here they are, compliments of Chloe and Kat..............









Asking for prayers for Paisley, she really isn't feeling well, her arthritis is flaring and she's hurting. We are running into the end of choices for medications, as well as being at the highest doses of medication she can take. Although she hasn't lost her sense of humor (see picture #2 above) I know her well and it's hard to know she's in pain every day:(

7 comments:

Rebecca said...

poor Paisley... Is there anything that can be done for her outside of medication to ease the pain and subdue the flare-ups? Epsom salt baths? Massage? Is it incurable???

Jennie said...

Just curious - would a prednisone taper help lessen the pain/discomfort for Paisley? Glucosamine chondroitin is used a lot and many have claimed its restorative powers. However, the use of glucosamine chondroitin has not been tested in a clinical trial to compare against placebo.

Vickie said...

Rebecca-

Yes, it's incurable. Sadly Paisley was treated with steroids (cheap) in China for many years which left her arthritis run rampant and destroyed many of her bones. Now we deal with keeping it under control to stop any future damage to her bones and pain management from the damage done. But it's daily pain and not a whole lot of options for the pain. Today she is swimming, one of the things that does help her greatly.

Jennie- we don't do steroids after 7 years of damage her doctor avoids them unless she must have them, then it's only given as a horribly painful injection straight in to her joints, and not all of them can be injected (such as her hip or her jaw) leaving her with untreatable areas. And she already takes glucosamines, has been for about 9 months.

Unknown said...

I only have myself as an example, but my friend (who is a doctor) told me that her mother does it too. But I have noticed a big difference in my arthritis. I was eating ibuprofen like candy until I started doing this. There have been some studies done, but not enough. I bought a concentrated bottle of Mont. Cherry Juice - 1000 cherries in one small bottle. I put a small slurp in a water bottle with ice and fill to the top with water both in the morning and in the evening. I've had only 2 pills in the last month. Obviously Paisley's is way way worse than mine. But it is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory.

Chris said...

Vicki, I feel silly posting this, cause I gave my brother such a hard time :) He has RA and was having a tough summer, anyway he started drinking vinegar punch...mug of water, tablespoon of applecider vinegar and tsp (maybe a bit more) of honey, add some ginger for more flavor...it really isn't bad and he is drinking it and feels it helps...and if you'd know my brother, he really doesn't have much use for "such stuff". If there are no contraindications for Paisley, it might help. It actually falls under the cherry juice from "unknown"

Dottie P said...

Hi, Vicki,

I usually look for your posts about every other day, because they are always so uplifting and inspirational, but I had been really busy for a week and hadn't checked. What a blessing to have three new posts to read. Thanks for taking the time to write so much. You help so many. I am praying for Paisley as well as your entire family. Ron's(my husband's) grandfather was helped tremendously with his RA by eating a pound of liver a day for about a month, recommended by his doctor. I know, that's a lot, but I thought I would throw it out there. It couldn't hurt, right?
Hugs and Blessings

dfdiaz said...

Hi Vicki,
I love your blog and love seeing pics of your family. Have you ever tried Essential oils for Paisley? They are made from plants, trees, fruits, seeds, etc. Frankincense is wonderful for arthritis. Also a blend called Deep Blue helps with inflammation of joints. No chance of overdose since it's all natural and can be used by all ages. If you want information, please contact me.