A lot of great people left comments that I wasn't able to respond to on the road, so here goes:
( Also, now that I'm back and settled, expect some more detailed posts about the trip soon, with photos! In short, though, it was completely amazing, and I felt pretty good all in all. Hooray!)
Simone- I totally hear you. I refuse to let RA take away my life or take over my life. We were diagnosed about the same time, so we are both coming up on a year! It's bad enough having this at 29, 24 has got to be even worse! It sounds like you are staying upbeat, though. Thanks for leaving a comment-that is exactly why I started this blog. I mean, we may as well laugh when we can...
Sheryl- You just rocked my traveling world!!! I am totally getting one of these wallets for my enbrel. I didn't tend up taking my meds with me in South America as my Dr. wanted my immune system at full capacity while I was in the Amazon, but these are going to make my life so much easier!!!! Thanks for letting me know, and I'm also excited to find your blog!! And yes, saying F*** you to the RA always feels good!
Catherine- the photos are on their way....
Raphael- I felt pretty good for the whole trip, actually, and didn't have to take the prednisone (hooray!) at all. My neck and toe threw some tantrums here and there, but nothing that was prohibitive. I'm amazed (and hopeful) that you could go 3 or 4 months with no shots and feel OK. Where were you in the Middle East? I've not been, but have a friend living in Dubai and it sounds amazing.
Audrey- yay-so glad you found me, and that I could offer you some laughs.Brazil is great. I've only been to Rio, but would love to get back there and see more of it (didn't make it there on this trip). And, so glad to also discover your blog! Have fun on your vacation!
Jennifer- Yes, I think that is going to be one of my 'mental break' moments as well. In fact, I'm taking one now...
A Child of God - I hope you do take a trip! It is probably the best thing I've ever done, and definitely the best thing I've done for myself post-RA. Let me know where you go!
Millicent - thanks for all your encouragement! I can't wait to share the photos with you.