Chronically ill I feel like a chemical factory

Chronically ill; I feel like a chemical factory

Last month I shared with you that I am chronically ill. I am a rheumatism patient and I find that difficult sometimes. Apart from the pain I experience I also take medication daily.

It’s part of the deal, I know, but sometimes I feel like a chemical factory.

The one in Limburg near the highway. I would fit in perfectly with that.

Chronically ill; I feel like a chemical factory

Since I was diagnosed with rheumatism I take a lot of medicine. In principle I cannot be cured but the intention is that the joint inflammations are under control so that I suffer as little as possible. One way we do this is through the use of medication.

We started with a low dose of a mild medication.

This is because I wanted to have children. This low dose did nothing. In the meantime we also tried prednisone injections, which did not help either.

The dosage of the medication went up several times but even that did not reduce the inflammations.

New medication

A month ago I was done with it. The pain remains, the arthritis keeps spreading and I did not have the impression that my medication was doing anything. During a conversation with the rheumatologist we decided to try another medication. A medicine I was not allowed to use before because of my pregnancy.

But now that our little girl is born I can take it.

This new medication I have to build up first so I still use my old medication next to it. Fine, if I have to, I have to.


To counteract the side effects of the new medication I also take folic acid. All in all, this means that I have a load of medication in my locker that I can’t say I don’t like. Every day I take a handful of pills and now I feel like a chemical factory.

Chemelot is nothing like it, I could stand right there on the terrain.

I also seriously think that if they would put me underground, I would stay intact for at least twenty years. Okay, okay, that might be a bit exaggerated but you know what I mean, right??

If anything..

Now if all that medicine would have an effect that would be nice too. But unfortunately, I’m not that far yet. The hope, of course, is that this medication will do its job within the next few months and I can phase out my other medications.

That I only have to take a few pills and then there will be less chemical smoke coming out of my ears. So for now we’ll wait and see and keep hope.

Don’t complain

But hey, I can’t complain. Last week I read Geertje’s blog about thinking things through and that actually applies here too. If your glass is half empty, turn it around and look at it from the other side.

And she is absolutely right. Despite all the medication I have to take, I enjoy my family to the fullest. Yes, I am in a lot of pain but I can still ride and do fun things.

There are so many people far worse off than me.

Then I’d better be a cozy little chemical factory and can’t really complain. Thnx, Geertje, for your wise words.

If you take medication, does it ever bother you??

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