Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Friday, April 20, 2018

NEW RA Medication "JAK and JAK-1 Inhibitor for "Oral Use" in Rheumatoid Arthritis

New Clinical Trials and Information from the FDA in regard to a brand new Oral Medication, first of it's kind for RA... on the horizon possibly...

There is a "supposed" New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug, (Oral) another JAK and JAK-1 Inhibitor on the horizon BUT there seems to be questions in regard to causing "blood clots" and it is in Clinical Trials at the time. This would be the "1st) of a kind RA medication that would be a ONCE daily oral med. We NOW have another JAK Inhibitor, Xeljanz on the market. You take it twice daily and it is an oral medication. What my Rheumatologist told me it is usually good for those with >mild> RA as a "stand alone" medication BUT for those like myself with "severe" RA,other medications such as my Actemra that I take by injection which is a biologic, along with other medications are needed when the RA is in severe form. I've really been through the mill on these two. I've been on Actemra now for about 9 months or so. But, my hand joints,wrists, fingers and especially my thumbs are really bad! So, he put me on the Xeljanz orally I take twice daily. Well at first I was thrilled then I got to reading and worried about the biologic and the JAK inhibitor together. I spoke with my PCP and see my Rheumatologist next week. What my PCP told me, is that "each person" is individual, and they have to put out the information for "overall" folks, BUT that my Rheumatologist has done is own "testing" as far as how his patients and those in the clinic do overall with the medications. So, he decided for me it was a "good fit"... which of course we all know that because you "read" something online does NOT mean it is so for you also... but this is exciting news for another alternative, or addition to our other RA medications. As well as many possible other autoimmune illnesses.

Here is more information and this is by Lilly....

"The Texas Blues" written and sung by me

I don't have the guitar or me playing the song but he is one I wrote back a while ago, and added to it lately... I am a bit off key LOL... plus I've had such a sore throat lately, I have a difficult time trying to sing.. after the last neck surgery, he really did a number on my vocal chords going in through the front of my neck, so I've not yet gotten my voice back as it was and may never get it back all the way....

"The Texas Blues"copyright 2010 Rhia Steele

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

APRIL is National Sjogren's Awareness MONTH!!!!

This was a "strange term" the 1st time my Rheumatologist said it to me. I had heard of it a couple of times from women I knew that had it, but I had no clue just how "damaging" this illness (autoimmune at that) can be. Did it ever takes its toll on me, when within 2 weeks I had 3 TEETH BREAK OFF AT THE GUM LINE! From that point, ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE THINGS I EVER DREADED HAPPENED TO ME... I HAD TO LOSE ALL OF MY TEETH AND HAVE DENTURES! I always "feared" losing my teeth, or losing my hair! One of those came true.... and to this day, (this was in 2014 that it began) I STILL FEEL SELF CONSCIOUS, AND IT HAS HINDERED ME IN MORE WAYS THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE, EATING, SLEEPING, BEING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE, TALKING, SINGING, YOU NAME IT, IT IS HORRID! I spent well over 6 MONTHS, having the REST OF MY TEETH THAT WERE ROTTEN AT THE GUM BEING EXTRACTED, then at the last he pulled ELEVEN more and put the dentures in... and again I will never be the same.... so SJOGREN'S is nothing to TAKE LIGHTLY! It effects ALL MUCUS MEMBRANES OF THE BODY, FROM THE MOUTH, NOSE, EARS, SKIN, YOUR INTESTINES, YOUR HEART, EYES, ANYTHING THAT HAS A MUCUS MEMBRANE CAN BE DAMAGED OR SEVERELY RUINED JUST OVER NIGHT... AND RIGHT NOW HONESTLY THERE IS NO CURE, AND EVEN THE TWO MEDICATIONS AND I'VE TRIED BOTH.. DO NOT REALLY WORK ALL THAT WELL....

Saturday, March 31, 2018

May The Easter Blessings, Fill your heart with joy, and give you the strength and courage to face tomorrow and the next.... Happy Easter

Because He Lives, We can hold on and face all that this Old World throws in front of us. As we walk through illness, stress, jobs, and all of the "bad" things here on Earth, we CELEBRATE THE GOOD ONES, AND KNOW THAT HE LIVES FOR US!
May you know in your heart on the 3rd Day the stone was rolled away, and Jesus Lives for Us....

Friday, March 16, 2018

New Flu Vaccines in Clinical Trial by the NIH!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

H7N9 influenza vaccine clinical trials begin


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Friday, March 9, 2018

Young Women from 24 to 32 or so that really NEED HELP TO GET THEIR LIVES ON TRACT... AND wanting a 2nd chance & the difficult time they have. Me, lupus, RA, Sinus infections infections and Life!

Lupus Flares, Pain Pump refill, Young Women & getting another chance to change their lives, LIFE, and Chronic Illnesses with PAIN!

Everyone, it has been MORE THAN AN INSANE WEEK OR MORE FOR ME! Between my own doctors visits, and a friend had a new baby and there were issues, but all is well now, I had to go over to the next town in our county to renew my driver's license, since it's been 12 YEARS LOL since I had gone in and took a new photo etc, I had to physically go in this time to renew it. That took forever; although I must say the system now is better than it used to be. Then I had another friend with problems, and was trying to find some help for her, along with my own other stuff, cutting tree limbs, and I've got to get to the market today, but I have not had time to clean my house like it needs, and then I have to take a shower, and it's so pretty outside, I need about "5 of me cloned" so I can do 20 things at once!!!! I have not felt that great yet either. In fact, I have not started my RA meds yet, since being ill with the sinus infection. For some reason, I was running a fever, low grade, but still a fever Monday. 

I went in for my pain pump to be refilled, and when they checked it, sure enough I had a low grade temp. I came home and checked it myself, and I was still running a bit of one. I didn't run any fever at all with the sinus infection. Plus, I have kind of "stopped" running a low grade temp with the Lupus. Used to I seemed to almost have a low grade one daily with the Lupus. It went back down and as far as I know has been back to normal the past couple of days. But, I was concerned so I still kept off the Actemra and the new Xeljanz, until I could see what the temp was all about. But, I've had a damned headache, and a bad one at times, for the entire week! IT could be "stress" or maybe I have a Lupus flare, that will give me a Lupus Migraine from hell at times. 

So, yesterday I "almost" went BACK for a 4th time since the 1st part of January and had them give me a prednisone injection for the headache. But, I toughed it out yesterday, and it is not so bad so far this morning. So, it could be anything causing it. With everything going on, as I said I could be more "stressed" out than I think and it's causing the headache. Usually I don't have one that bad. 

When they are bad enough I want to scream and cry, usually it's due to a Lupus flare, or I am sick with something. So, I am going to take the Actemra later this evening and then take my 1st Xeljanz tomorrow and see how things go. Please keep me and those couple of people in your prayers, with problems and the young woman with a new little baby girl. She needs lots of prayers, so she can get her life together, and get back on her feet. The very "odd" thing is, lately, I know of about 4 people, that have someone in their lives in the same situation. The nurse that comes to see me weekly from my insurance, is helping a young woman with kids, and her trying to get her "stuff" together, and the young woman I know. Then my daughter also knows a young woman going through about the same situation, and I have another friend that has a daughter who is really trying to get her life on tract, get a job, her own place to live, and put herself back on the right roads.0 

These young women ALL need our prayers. It seems that many of them at about 25 years old, either get involved with the "wrong crowd", have a child or children, either the Dad is not there or does not help out, and they are desperately trying to dig their way into a 2nd chance. But, that is hard to do... it's hard to get any assistance these days, it takes so much time, paperwork, and red tape. Then of course we have some that have "abused" it, so that makes the ones that really WOULD benefit and try to do right unable to get the help they need. So, something about that age group, some between about 24 to even 32 or so, really lots of young women out there with the same problems... and NO PARENTS, that either will help, or are even around to help.... it sucks, and i AM SO PROUD THAT BOTH OF MY ADULT KIDS ARE IN A PRETTY GOOD SPOT, AND HAVE THEIR HEAD ON THEIR SHOULDERS RIGHT!  For that I am BLESSED AND GRATEFUL FOR SURE!!!! Have a good weekend everyone!

Monday, February 19, 2018



They started NOW on the "Non-Profit" Pain Organizations taking "kickbacks" as "donations" from some of the big "Pharma" companies that make the heavy narcotic pain meds... BUT RATHER THAN TELL IT LIKE IT IS, THEY "PIECED" TOGETHER what "they" wanted to make it mean, I was so mad I wanted to jerk Lester Holt through the TV and slap him LOL....

it is stupid, it would be NO different than a Pharmaceutical company that makes "cancer" meds, or "diabetes" meds giving money to non-profits... to help "educate" patients, to give information out to assist patients about medications etc that DOES NOT MEAN A NON-PROFIT IS "GIVING PRAISE" ETC to "any one" drug company, it means that they could be "working" together for a common goal, to help legitimate patients get the treatment they need, and keep it out of the hands of those who use it illegally, sell it and so forth...

then to top it off, they said there is "one doctor" who gave out "1,000" pain pills in a day!!! WELL, THINK ABOUT IT, IF A PAIN SPECIALIST SEES 25 PATIENTS A DAY OR WHATEVER, some having procedures, some having surgeries, many on different meds, and they see 10 PATIENTS IN A DAY, THAT NEED REFILLS FOR 30 DAYS OF MEDICATION... if a patient take 1 PILL every 6 HOURS a day, that is 4 pills a day times 30 DAYS IN A MONTH, THAT IS 120 PILLS ... WELL IF 10 PATIENTS NEED REFILLS THAT IS 1200 PILLS BUT IT IS FOR 10 PATIENTS FOR 30 DAY SUPPLIES!!!!!! NOT 1200 PILLS ALL AT ONCE FOR ONE PATIENT!!!! OMG! I was SO PISSED, IT IS RIDICULOUS THAT THE NEWS PIECES TOGETHER WHAT GIVES THEM RATINGS! and harms others!!!!!

No matter what the subject is now days, the news takes it tosses it like a salad and then comes up with how they want it to sound for their own gain!!!! THAT IS why I don't believe much of anything they say now days, and in fact rarely really "listen" or watch the news channels!!! They are the ones that bring forth some of the issues in society we have today. Their very "way" of twisting "their truths" to suit their own status and ratings.... People should be standing up and hey we will not put up with, listen to, nor watch the garbage you guys spew out anymore!!!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


May Each of You Find and Share the Love of your Lifetime with Your Soulmate... the one person who keeps you close to their heart no matter what, who loves unconditionally, who respects you, who shows you how proud they are of you.... that honors the "bonds" you have made with one another, and when you look into their eyes, you KNOW you are truly and forever loved beyond all words....
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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An Article in "Mad in America" Stopping the WAR on Chronic Pain Patients

Stop The War On Chronic Pain Patients

Here is the 1st paragraph of the article....  "

Readers of Mad in America are deeply familiar with the tangles of public policy which surround voluntary or compelled interventions with psycho-active drugs in people who are experiencing life crisis. Some readers will also be familiar with a different kind of crisis and its policy tangles, in the difficulty which many people encounter getting medical assistance for chronic intractable pain."

Xeljanz Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus & the "latest in treatments and medications"... The Horrid Flu Season, & A New Year

I want to wish everyone once again a Happy Beginning to 2018! I cannot fathom that we are already moving into February! It was like yesterday, the holidays were here.

Now, we move on to the "flu season" which has been a nightmare to say the least!

I've spent well over 6 weeks "sick" but not really with the flu. Mine I feel had began as both an RA and a Lupus flare, both severe. I had not been feeling well since before Christmas, but I put off going to my doctor's or to Urgent Care. It was the holidays, it was everyone beginning to be ill with the flu (viruses)... and at that time they were just beginning to see that the "flu" strains which are several, were not all covered by our vaccine.

I had gotten my fly vaccine back in September. I happened to be in my PCP's office for a follow up and they had gotten theirs in, so I went ahead and got mine. Being one of the hundred's of thousands with the screwed up immune system, between the autoimmune illnesses, and the medications that also contribute to our systems being weakened, I've been taking the flu and pneumonia vaccines, when I need them. I had the flu about 10 years ago and was ill for a month. In fact it was just after the Christmas Holiday, at the time I was a manager for a retail women's clothing store. I passed out almost while at work, and my daughter had to drive me to the ER across town. And I had the flu. Of course that was the worst time for me to be ill, due to that job. With all of the after holiday sales, and inventory time, I was sick for a month, and lost the job. Other things beyond my control also did not help, but it really hit me hard.

Then while in Seattle, I had gotten not only double pneumonia, but also the whooping cough at the same time. Again, in fact, it was the 1st day of a brand new job I was headed to, I got so ill in the car, I had to turn around and go back to my apartment. I called in and told them I was so ill, and went to an Urgent Care down the road. They wanted me to be admitted to the hospital. but, at the time, I was supposed to start a new job, was in the process of moving, and going into a whole new "life and career" at the time. The irony to the entire thing is when I had interviewed for the job, both "bosses" were SICK! They had been coughing, sounded terrible, and although I sat WAY on the other side of the table, I honestly think I got sick during the interview, or was exposed.

After 10 days and two trips for shots, cough meds, and antibiotics, and then a lingering cough for a month, I got "better", went to work, moved into my new apartment, and was settling in to the new life style.

So, the "flu" and "pneumonia" are two things I prefer to stay away from if at all possible. Yet, I've had pneumonia a couple of times since, even with the vaccines. So, it can happen.

My RA has been really worse over the past 8 to 10 months. We changed me over to Actemra, from Enbrel. But, after 6 months I am still showing signs of active RA especially in my fingers, wrists, and ankles, and some in my hips.

I felt when they took me off of the Methotrexate, due to infections, that is when I began to have a more severe action of the RA. I had asked if we could try the MTX again, but they just didn't want to chance it. I had mentioned "Xeljanz" before, but at the time we were just beginning the Actemra, so the wanted to wait.

I shall continue this either later today or tomorrow....

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Diatomaceous Earth, "Alkaline Water" "Life Water" and the body, houseplants, our "Fur babies" and more...

Since the subject of "Life Water" or I think it is an "Alkaline Water" if I am correct, I wanted to raise the issue over" how long does a complete detox take with diatomaceous earth?" YOU MUST use "Food Grade" or I would for sure, if you are going to take this for a supplement, or if you are using it in your home on pets for flea control and so forth.

I know I had it out around the house before winter, and up until now our weather is beginning to show some "signs" of spring, like I saw a HUGE HAWK, right here in almost downtown Ennis on Friday afternoon. It flew down into my trees in the front, and I sat and watched it with a "wandering mind" as to "why" I believe after looking it up, it was a "female" she was doing "here" almost in the middle of town. We have LOTS of trees in our neighborhoods and the birds are just like a jungle all through early spring through summer and late fall... I've even already seen a red headed woodpecker in my front tree also, plus I've heard the wrens out some, so when I begin to hear birds again, I know "hopefully" our main very bitter cold weather is coming to a close, or I PRAY it is... don't get me wrong WE NEEDED A BITTER BELOW FREEZING COLD, THIS YEAR! We have basically NOT HAD a "winter" type weather here now for at least 3 years maybe more... of course it's been cold, but not where it was way below freezing, and lasted for a week or more, several times in the winter months. And believe me you can always tell, before spring even gets here every kind of a "bug" comes out, if we have no really COLD winter...

so I PRAY we have had enough at least to kill off some of the damned bugs that are driving me nuts, fire ants have been horrible, fleas I pretty well had hold of, but I was very, very well prepared, and even then sometimes they are bad, but other ants, every kind of a "kissing bug" or what I call a "stink bug" and they were horrible just before it got cold this year... they were everywhere, and they can be very bad if some of the ones that "sting" bite you... it can make a human or a dog or cat sick... they are nothing to be messed with from what I've read, but the gnats, the ants, the spiders, you name it, I actually put out the stuff I use on my lawn very early the past 2 or 3 springs, and usually I "may" have to do it one more time mid-summer, but this past year, I put it out at least 3 times, and actually before it finally got cold, I put it out again... and that usually never happens... anyway, so hopefully we had "enough" to kill out the bad bugs and critters, but we are now hopefully going to "get out of that bitter cold" that has just about put me under with the severity of pain, and how badly it's effected my Lupus, RA, and autoimmune illnesses and chronic pain.. I went well over a month and usually I have a "Lupus flare" but the RA is mainly the "same" all the time, not this past few months, the RA has been totally out of control, and even the huge prednisone doses and the huge injection of corticosteroids really did not rid me of either flare...

I got somewhat "better" but unlike most of the time, I never really got over either one... so that is why I am going on "Zeljanx" that is AFTER WE GET THE INSURANCE TO PAY HOPEFULLY OR I MAY HAVE TO HAVE THEM PAY AND IF MY CO PAY IS TOO HIGH THEN THEIR PHARMA COMPANY WILL HELP ME WITH THE BALANCE... I've already "applied" for their patient program, so I will have that much done, just in case the insurance company decides to give me hell about it.... I really should have gone to Urgent Care this weekend, or yesterday, they are not open here on Sundays right now... I "think" I am dealing with a sinus infection, that is what is causing my nasal passages to be bleeding, and they continue to be almost scabbed over and hurt like hell... I try to leave it alone, but it hurts so much I have to put lotion or cream, or vaseline on a cotton swab. and rub both of them down. They are so "tight" from being dried out also... but I've been messing with it now again for weeks, and keep putting it off... as I said on Friday, I "feel too bad" to even take myself to Urgent Care...

Anyway, now I am suddenly fighting gnats! They have not been in my houseplants all winter, and this past couple of days ago, when I watered, now I am dealing with those again, which means my fresh garlic is "fizzled out" and I think as usual no matter how much I clean my kitchen drain or with what they like to "hatch" down deep in the drains then fly out and get in everything... I've been seeing them even in one of my closets... so I put out some of the "diatomaceous earth" and that will also help to rid my plants of them, and put out some "lemongrass oil" around the tops of the planters, a mixture of that with Tea Tree Oil usually will get rid of them also.... so the one thing I don't "cherish" about spring coming is the damned critters flying around...

diatomaceous earth, alkaline water, "Life Water".... supplements, Lupus flare, RA Flare, spring, summer, critters, ants, gnats, TX and living with Autoimmune Illnesses....

Friday, January 26, 2018

Arthritis Foundation and Washington DC March 2018!

It's Time to be United! In the Fight Against this horrific life altering diseases

It is almost here! Another year gone by and time to get to Washington DC with the Arthritis Foundation to get on the bandwagon and get the House of Representatives off their "kiesters" and on up to getting a Cure for RA, Osteoarthritis, and all the many other diseases that an be "packaged" into these... we keep hearing more and more about "pain" and now this "opioid crisis"... 

If there was a "cure" or a way to "regenerate" the damage that so many of this horrid illnesses cause some would NOT NEED pain medications!!!

So, those who get to go, tell them YOUR story, your children's stories, or whomever you are there to represent!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Lupus Possible Treatment - Lupus Research Alliance Article

Lupus Research Turns Immune System Enemies into Friends
I found this article extremely interesting and a "brand new way" to treat Lupus. I hope you get some great information out of it also. I am always looking for "new treatments" other than the ones we already know about. Hoping someday that someone either finds a cure, stops this horrid illness all together, or at least makes it a bit more "bearable" to live with.... this starts with Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and from there if you are like myself, although I knew "some" about this, I delved into more research about this particular type of possible treatment...

Friday, January 12, 2018

SEVERE SYMPTOMS many and My Own Delve into Babesia, Chronic Lyme, Co-Infections from Lyme, Cat Scratch Fever, Drenching cold sweats

I have thought about it since I got up once again at 3:30AM, which is better than 2:30 the past couple of days... and while I was watching TV and then went to do a couple of things in the kitchen, (and the weather is extremely WINDY AND COLD, TEMPS ARE AT 25 THIS MORNING AGAIN)...

I given MUCH thought to "all" of these "symptoms" that I've been having. I had even bought one of the "smart bands" that keep up mainly with my "heart rate"... since it is so bad about being "low" if I take my Metoprolol that I take for the "extra beat", they think it reduces my heart rate, and then that is what causes the SEVERE cold, drenching clothes, shivering sweats, of which NOW I've had two of them so BAD, yesterday and both during the day time this time, which is odd, usually they happen at night, that my hair, my clothes, a jacket I wear inside if it's cool and my huge robe was "soaking" wet.

I am totally drenched when I have some of them that get bad.... anyway, it "makes sense" that my body "reacts" with that "type of sweat" to get my heart rate to increase, thus why I am even giving thought to a pacemaker. Which they are so tiny now days, the ONLY thing is once I have one, then it is THERE for the rest of my life. I won't be able to "take it out" someday and not have one. My Cardiologist and I talked about it when I saw her a couple of months ago, and she gave me information, plus Lourdes Villegas Anaya has one so she has talked to me about hers, and I've of course researched them myself. "If" that is a portion of the problem, and then after wearing this band the past 3 days, today will be day 4, I can "see" anytime what my heart rate, steps, if I walk, run, (never will happen that I run -LOL BEFORE I ever had joint problems etc,

I was never a "runner") anyway, you get the message... I've noticed that my heart rate tends to be "erratic" ... just in general. And I am going to look into it more today, because what I am "seeing" could be "normal"... I just thought it was "off" yesterday BUT I was in one of those horrid, nightmare of a cold sweat for hours and hours yesterday...

I was still not so sure, with the way I feel that maybe I do have the flu in some way... anyway, I wanted to do some looking into the "multiple" symptoms I've had especially over the past about 6 weeks, with the EXTREME PAIN, in my joints, muscles, the severe headache, and even though I had the injection and then now I am still on the step down of Prednisone, that I go today to 2 pills for the next 2 days... so I've done 4 for 3 days, 3 for 3 days, now 2 for two days, then 1 for two days, then to a half for 2 days.... yet, the pain was so bad after about the 5th day after the injection, so I had it a week ago today, and over last weekend I felt "better"... then it hit me late Monday evening, and then Tuesday and Wednesday,

I was ready to sit in the floor cry, scream, the pain was just horrendous. It was my legs, into my hips, it was my shoulders, especially the right one, my neck, which worries me because I have to wonder if I don't have a "failed cervical neck surgery" or another disc fractured or something... The problem is there is so many "symptoms" and then there are the "medications" to take into consideration.... ONE of my ideas is that the "Acterma" for the RA

I started about in September is NOT working as well, due to I am not on Methotrexate anymore. They took me off of it, about maybe even a year ago or more, because of the severity of the infections, especially when I developed the "cellulitis" in both top thighs, and it abscessed and i went to wound care for over 6 weeks in DALLAS every week, to have those "debrided" and redone.... I thought they would NEVER get well and I still have almost like a quarter sized scar/a bit of an indention on both thighs where those were.

Here is more information and more thoughts on some of the things I found from a search of symptoms and so forth...

 Well I have to say, even after a "short" research into my "symptoms" and by the way MY PCP HAS THE FLU! I called about a prescription that had not been getting to them from the pharmacy and found out he is sick with the flu... anyway, MY BEST Friend from Grade School and now my "Vet" told me about "symptoms" and all of the issues I had, and I looked up "Bartonella" which is now also associated with another "chronic health issue" that is an off set of "Chronic Lyme Disease" called Babesiosis - Babesia (which as far as I "know" I don't think I've ever been bitten by a tick, and never had any on my pups unless it was way back in the 1990's when I lived in Blooming Grove and the pups may have one on them once or twice, or when Dad hunted deer, he would get a tick on him every great while, but I have been BITTEN BY A CAT, IN FACT MY OWN CAT, in 2005 when I was in San Pedro, and it was a severe bite... he did it not because he "wanted to"... I lived in a 2 floor - 4 apartment type of place there, and they were putting new screens on the windows, this was on the top floor where mine was, and they didn't tell me they had the screens off, I had been out walking, when I came back one of my cats, was falling out the window!D I heard him and went of course to try and catch him and of course he was scared to death - and he bit the literal HELL out of my hand... it "pierced" the skin almost all the way through, and it hurt for DAYS! I went to the ER twice and I had just moved there so I knew nothing about doctors etc there at the time, anyway, I was on antibiotics, got a tetanus shot, and had pain meds for 10 days or more, it was at Thanksgiving and I could not even stand up to do anything, I was in so much pain, and bless the cat's heart, he was "never the same"... I "think" he knew he "hurt" me so he was always kind of almost frightened he would harm me again, or thought I was "mad" at him... even though I was not, but of course it was stupid me that went to help him, a natural reaction for anyone with a cat, dog etc... but the "Bartonella" can come from "cat scratch fever" which of course I knew about... so now I have to wonder, although I had "symptoms" of some degree before this happened, if she has really "hit" the nail on the head.... I think I will pull some information, and take it with me to see my Rheumatologist and my PCP the last week of the month, and see what they have to say... so Venetia Shafer I KNEW you had a great point back when we talked about this before, but with the symptoms so much worse now than ever, I have to wonder if it has something to do with that or one of the 'RELATED" TO ONE OF THESE TYPES OF ILLNESSES...