An Alien

I drew this below back when my flare worsens after my first post. I was desperate to keep my positivity. Hence, I drew the toe that has distorted as a result of my flare to laugh at my own misery.

Aftermath of a flare,

Makes you look like a stranger,

Like an Alien!


Appreciate what you have

“Be thankful for what you have: you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

As I am writing this, I am suffering from a flare for almost a week. I have been reacting with a natural response most chronic patients would have. I felt anger. As the pain and anger became overwhelming, depression hits me.

In need of a quick fix, I plugged on to my favorite playlist and headed to the park. As the sun hits my skin, I was happy instantly. This is what it feels like to be alive, I would remind myself.

Sometimes, it is easy to forget to appreciate our lives when pain is what you have to live with. The condition we have to live with is elusive, it hits without any signs. It can be disruptive. But there are saving graces. We can always learn to work our lives around this pain that can’t be controlled.

To me, it is a blessing that I could bask in the sun and I am counting for more.

Add some gingerly spice into your life

Add some gingerly spice to your life

My joints are cranky and wonky. To fight the blues, I found comfort in drinking ginger tea while I laze around with a book.

Here is a glimpse of some of the benefits:

Maintains normal blood and circulation – with an improve in blood flow, you can expect to chills, fever to reduce

Cold and flu prevention – My grandma swears by drinking ginger when I am down with a cold or flu.

Combats stomach discomfort – this would help for those who consume lots of medications on a daily basis. They give a warm feeling in the stomach when it is drunk.

Reduce nausea – nausea is a common side effect I would experience after I consume MTX, I find ginger helps in curbing nausea. I came across a supplement from Blackmore which uses ginger to travel and motion sickness.

Reduce inflammatory – The University of Miami has proven studies which show the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger.

All ready to try the tea? Simply follow these steps and voila.

1)    Peel and slice ginger thinly. 5 to 6 thin slices will do (The more surface area exposed, the more flavourful the tea is)

2)    1 ½ to 2 cups of water

3)    1 – 2 teaspoon of honey

4)    Lemon

Boil ginger in water for at least 10  –  20 minutes.  The tea will be stronger when it is boiled for a longer period.

After which removed it from the fire, add lemon and honey to taste.

You may add peppermint into your tea to start off your day fresh!

Word of caution: Practice moderation when you are consuming ginger tea. Too much of anything is not good for health. It is best to not take ginger tea before bedtime or with blood thinning medications.

If making tea is too much of an effort, ginger sweets or supplements work as well.