One of the funny things about having a blog is that you can see how people have found their way to your site (at least in some cases, but no worries, I can't see who). For instance, if you click on a link to my site from another site, the first site you were on will show up under my stats. If someone searches for something on google and then ends up at my blog, that also shows up, including the words they typed in that got them to me.
One of the top searches is swollen toe joint, which inevitably pulls up this post about how my RA first presented itself in the form of a huge swollen toe joint even though I had a date at Jean Georges that afternoon (how very rude). Sometimes, there will be several searches for this in a single day, and I always feel a little sorry for whomever it is typing that in. I wonder if, when they click on over to my site, they are swept up in horrible sudden fear that their swollen toe is also the harbinger of a chronic disease that will eat their joints. After all, their swollen toe could be swollen for perfectly innocent reasons that have nothing to do with RA, but I know that, if I were them, I would be absolutely convinced that I now had a horrible, chronic disease.
Interestingly enough, some other google searches that have landed people at my blog are how to shoot up pills with needle (my personal fave), take off your top, sympathy cupcakes, dumped by voice mail, funky rain boots and cartoon physical therapist.
The fact that all of these searches in some way point to my life makes me feel like I am living a much more interesting one than I had previously thought. Go me.