November 22, 2013

Meet Tiffany!!

Tiffany is one of my Lucky Dog sponsors and she blogs over at My Safe Havens.  Because of our similar medical histories, we have became great friends!!  I asked Tiffany a few questions so you could get to know her too! 

1. What's a typical day like for you? 
A typical day for me consists of waking up before my alarm goes off, which sucks! So I check my email and make a mental list of everything I have to get done for the day. Alarm then goes off so I roll out of bed and let Little Miss Sunshine outside (our 6 month old Basset Hound) then I get Baby Bear up. She usually asks for more sleep, so I let her. Who can say no? Then comes the getting her dressed part. Gah! Sometimes with multiple wardrobe changes, sometimes with a fit thrown by her (really depends on the day) she is supposed to put her socks and shoes on while I get dressed, which happens most of the time. I fix her hair, pack her lunch, all while listening to her whine and argue with Little Miss Sunshine.  Real fighting, just like with a sibling! Sunshine gets put up, and we go to walk out the door and Baby Bear just HAS to have the perfect toy to bring into the car. We finally make it to the car, and I walk her into school. Give lots of hugs and kisses and I head to work and get to sit in wonderful Houston traffic! I work my butt off, dodging practical jokes at work, taking whatever the bossman throws at me, and did I mention I love my team and my coworkers? I then come home, cook dinner, work on sight words and counting with the little one, get her fed, bathed, and then I get to do my school work!  All while maintaining a clean house, laundry, my social life, etc. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

2. What do you like about living in TX? 
I really like the warmer climate, and dare I say the humidity? It does wonders, really. Go live in a drier climate and tell me different. Dry, cracked skin- No thanks! The people, places, and culture is pretty good too. Oh, and the food! We're pretty diverse in that too.

 3. You've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  Can you explain what it's like living with that disease?
Imagine being sixty at 30. Ha! Umm it is hard to explain, but I will do my best.

I wake up stiff and sore, sometimes hunched over and I feel I am much too young to feel this damn old. Some days it feels as though I have all the body aches from a really bad flu. And some days I feel as though I have been in a really bad accident and ran over a few times. There are many times it feels like my fingers and skin is badly bruised- on the insides. I have also felt the inflammation first hand where it feels like all of my joints are on fire and everything burns. I think it is much more tolerable since it has been diagnosed. If you think I'm a hot mess now, you should have seen me a year and a half ago! Mine started in my eye. I was diagnosed with scleritis, and honestly I would take this any day of the week over my I want to shoot my eye out pain. You can find more information on that journey here.

I am currently taking Methotrexate (low dose chemo) and Humira. People get to stab me with needles on the regular! My coworker does my Humira injection, (i think she secretly likes it a little too much) and my hunny does the other. My immune system is so low now. It took me almost 5 weeks to get over a common cold that everyone else bounced back from in 2 days.The Humira is supposed to stop the crippling effects of the disease. Just google images of RA! You would be taking it too. (Oh wait I just did it for you) 

Sometimes we take things for granted. Such as cooking, fixing your daughter's hair, holding a paper sack with your fingertips, or even holding a pen. Some days I just simply do not have the gripping capabilities. I can never hold a paper sack from the top with my fingers; even on a good day! My wrist cramps, I start shaking, and the technique is simply no longer there. I feel numbness, shaking, and cramps even when I do it without holding anything. Stirring a pot of chili, or pasta is even out somedays because  And I would have never thought there would be a day so soon that I physically could not put my baby's hair in a ponytail! Pointing my toes and even walking at times is a challenge to me. I just don't point my toes, but I always walk!  

So in a nutshell life with RA is a rollercoaster. You never know when it's going to hit, or if you're going to have a good day or bad. Good thing I have a high tolerance for pain, huh?

4.  You write about your adventures with Baby Bear alot on your blog.  How old is she now and what is your favorite thing to do together? 
She is 5, going on 20 lol 
We love doing arts and crafts, decorating, reading, and watching movies together.  She really loves sleeping in my bed, and I secretly love it too! She loves cuddling and being my snuggle bunny,  which I also love!  We are the biggest goofballs together and are just plain silly.

5.  How would you describe yourself to my readers?
I am the nicest person you will ever meet, unless you cross me, or one of my friends. I have a killer sense of humor. You can't always take me too seriously; unless I am being serious.  I'm basically a sassy smartass with a heart of gold.

 I am also the clumsiest person you will ever meet. Unknown bruises and scratches are the norm for me. Baby Bear inherited it too. We have fun laughing at each other over this.I am also spontaneous, and at times I don't even know why I do the things I do. Sounded like a good idea at the time? I am also the biggest goofball you will ever meet.

6.  What are you 3 favorite posts so far?
I have yet to write them on this blog thing, but they will be coming. Things will be getting real and personal.  

Now add Tiffany on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram then go visit her blog and show her some love!! 

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