The cold delayed my starting the Sulfasalazine, purely because I couldn't face getting up and dressed on Monday to pick it up from the chemists. But I started on Tuesday and can happily report that I haven't experienced any nasty side effects to date, although I'm still only on the quarter dose that will build up over the next few weeks.
I had one of my regular reviews with my diabetes consultant on Tuesday and actually think it was better that I had the opportunity to discuss everything that has happened with him before I got started. He is a fantastic consultant who always manages to make me feel like we can face anything. I had hoped that he would reveal an extra-curricula interest in RA and would magically be able to provide all my care but sadly not! He is however very knowledgeable about the drugs I'm facing so I am confident that he will be able to manage the integration of my RA into my diabetes treatment at least.
He looked genuinely sad when I told him about it all. It just reinforces what a good consultant he is as he sees me as a person, not just a record of out of range blood glucose readings (BGs)! Anyone living with Type 1 diabetes will know it is a full time thing to manage it successfully. Right now I'm not sure I have the strength to give it the attention it demands. Its so reassuring to have a consultant that understands this and cuts you just enough slack to take the pressure of without giving you free reign to ignore it and put yourself in danger. His main concern is the steroids I'm taking as they increase BGs and then make you eat like something possessed on top. But for now we've just agreed to manage the extra BG spikes as best we can until the RA has settled down a bit and then can start seriously thinking about stopping them or at least reducing them to a more natural level.
|Insulin pump and cannula|
I have been at serious risk of dropping in to an "its not fair" funk this week, but I'm managing to keep my head above water by not expecting miracles from myself. I can only do so much and if that means aiming for safe, but not perfect, blood glucose results ... well that will just have to do for now.