Author: NPFjim

broke my back

well i think that may have been easier. i woke up friday morning and my back hurt. jumped thru the shower and i was feeling much better. started out the door and OWW! its my lower back and my right hip, damn sooooo much pain. i had 1 guy out of work and 1 leaving at noon so i went in anyway. i made it thru the day then after work went home. my daughter needed a ride to the homecoming game so i dropped her and a friend off went home and passed out. Saturday morning i was in ALOT of pain. I remembered Julie read julies blog here (my PsO sister) had talked so much about doTerra deep blue amazon link that i bought a tube. OMIGOD. Within a couple hours i was able to move around and i was feeling better, this stuff truly IS amazing. Woke up this morning showered didnt waste anytime getting more deep blue on my back. my knee is bothering me today too so guess whats on there? Yep i stink like menthol today, but its so worth it. 🙂


Happy Saturday!!

No doubt Saturday is now my favorite day of the week. I have been on my CPAP now for 1 month and im doing great! No more needing naps all day Saturday im up and active, im loving this!

So i figured its getting cooler now its time to pull the AC out of the window. I can always throw the fan in or just open the windows if it gets too warm anyway. So i pulled it out threw it in the closet with some t-shirts that i probably wont be wearing now thats its cooler. I really have too many anyway but hey. Anyway fast forward to dinnertime. I fry up some mushrooms and onions then throw the steak on, i know i have a couple minutes so i run the garbage out and grab the mail, whats this? A small fedex package from New Jersey? Gil? OMG! My buddy from LEO Pharmaceuticals! I told him at the National Psoriasis Foundations Volunteer Conference in Chicago in August that i loved his shirt and i wanted one. Guess what? Yes this is it!

Thank you Gil, I cant wait to see you guys on World Psoriasis Day!!!


got to love these guys/girls, especially when they call me out by name!!  click here: i met them at the NPF Volunteer Conference in Chicago. They put on a great show, the had people from Second City television there, awesome!!

I just got off the phone with an old friend, well not really but if feels that way. You see 3 months ago i saw an ad my friend made for i then asked him about it. He said try it, it will change your life. Seriously?? i thought.. So i signed up, why not i sign up for everything. and i DO mean EVERYTHING.

The next thing i knew i received a welcome packet in the mail. then an email and a phone call. “Hi, I am your personal health adviser from pack health” Wow, i thought this is cool. A real person! Not like most of the health apps, but a real human. We discussed my many ailments plus an allergy or two and we made a plan. I logged all my food for the week and we talked about it. I’m doing well there, as i have had some training in the office. Next exercise. For the rest of the time it was like having someone with me to remind me and to push me, as i got txts all the time, “Hey Jim don’t forget to workout tonight!” Hey! remember to log food this week, or “Remember our goal for this week!”

Simply awesome, overall i have lost about 15 pounds, i have gained it back and lost it, unfortunately alot of this is water weight (im on 4 blood pressure pills at the moment) and i was super sick a few times, with an upper respiratory infection as i wrote in past blogs.

I must say for mere pennies a day this is an invaluable service that can get anyone on the right track.


In my last post i was getting over an upper respiratory infection. Then on monday i started coughing. i saw that i had a refill of cough syrup so i filled it. monday night i started sneezing my head was stuffed again, the URI came back to haunt me. I opened the CVS app on my phone and filled the zpak as i had a refill there too, then called out sick. At about noon i finally dragged myself out of bed and to the drugstore and restarted the antibiotics. I received a call to get my CPAP (i was just diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, yay….) I am scheduled for 530 pm, cool. At about 400 i am sitting on the couch and i start to cough, real hard i saw stars, and an incredible pain in my stomach/chest just like where the last ribs are. From that point on every cough felt like i was being stabbed. The pain started getting better now its hurting again. And i started coughing again, here and there, seems that theres still some stuffiness even a week later.

On a brighter note, i was worried how i would be wearing a mask to bed. How would i sleep etc. Well i put the mask on closed my eyes and woke up 8.3 hours later, WOW! Every night since has been more like 7.5 hours and i am feeling good. Im not falling asleep during the day etc. The only day that was different was sunday morning. I woke at 4am, and realized something was wrong. It was harder to breath. Wait, what? Its dark… Damn, power failure. I got up and lit a candle, grabbed my phone and look, est time for power restoration is 11am. Luckily i have been cold brewing my coffee all summer so i went to the fridge and poured a glass. I started reading for awhile then got up and got breakfast and the lights came on. Sweet. Now i popped the mask back on and slept almost until noon.

update, i wrote the above about a week ago, im feeling better and things are looking brighter as well. thank you all for the love. love you all. 🙂


So… I went to the National Psoriasis Foundations Volunteer Conference in Chicago in early August. I had a great time met some new people, some that i had read/followed them online and renewed old friendships, i swear its amazing what happens when a team of volunteers gets together. We give each other ideas, and tons of incentive to keep going for the gold.

I had 2 classes one for the One to One mentor program which i have been a member of since 2009. The other was for the Psocial Ambassador program which was introduced only a couple years ago. Its getting better as the program matures, im sure that in 2 more years it should be polished nicely.

The meet and greet friday night is always fun as you walk through check the different vender booths and run into folks you met in the past or know them from online sources.

Then Saturday morning starts bright and early with breakfast then classes, which would you like to learn? Well what type of advocacy would you like? Are you political? Maybe you want to meet Patrick Stone and learn how to goto your state Capital, and try to get the laws changed in favor of the people instead of favoring insurance companies, or things like that. Its a great class, and Patrick is an awesome guy. Maybe you want to learn how to run a bingo night to bring in some money for the foundation. Well we have that too. They will teach you the fundamentals so you may get some ideas. Another awesome class i attended. Maybe the Citizen Pscientist in you wants some more information on the Microbiome. Yes i went there too. Maybe you want to hear Dr Lebwohl talk, yes he was there too. Maybe you were walking through the hallway and happened to catch Dr Nehal Mehta as he strolls through the hallway. Dr Mehta is a game changer as he discovered the inflammation in the body in Psoriasis patients. Then its off to dinner, because we had to be downstairs at 630am for the Chicago walk.

Unfortunately this is where i took a turn for the worse. Saturday night my feet swelled up like balloons. (Im on blood pressure medicine , plus being Psoriatic  i knew this was a possibility at anytime) It hurt to put my shoes on. I went home sunday, started coughing lightly, i thought this was the BP meds as sometimes it seems like a sinus drip from the meds, but it turned out to be an upper respiratory infection. It was bad i didnt sleep the next few days finally saw the doc and got treated. We also changed the BP meds and threw in a water pill. Well that flushed the system and now i have massive muscle spasms. They are so bad they are debilitating. If i get one i cant move very well just kinda fall down. This is really bad when driving. I called they doc who thought the water pill flushed out the potassium so lets try taking a pill and boom the cramp went away with 1 pill.

Fast forward one week, im getting some cramps back not sure what to do yet, as the doc did some extra tests and we are waiting for the results now.

So thats why its taken me 3 weeks to write about the conference etc, yes i have been to hell and back with this and still surviving. 🙂

Did you want to see pictures? Well just ask and ill post some.

This weekend ill be posting again this time becuase i saw a doctor last thursday and i would like to share the news with you all. All i am going to say is the comorbidities of Psoriasis Psuck. Have a beautiful night. I love you all.

dog days….

so i figured i needed to take some time off of work and relax, maybe re-arrange the furniture or cabinets or something. i picked the WRONG week to do it. It was 92 today and to top it off the central air is broke. my landlord had a guy come out look and steal some parts and his money and ran. so now he has another guy looking. well at least its cool outside under the tree on the deck with a nice iced tea in my hands. Or cold brew coffee. Its weird i never liked cold coffee i always threw it out, but this stuff is amazing. I started drinking it in the morning instead of hot coffee for the summer. Nice thing is the carafe is nicely priced @ amazon here . Im thinking of buying another as i started drinking more coffee. LOL

Last night i slept with Alice……

I have been told, by my ex, that i have sleep apnea. Yes she witnessed me stop breathing. She even heard a noise downstairs, tried to wake me up. Nothing. She punched me in the arm, nothing i was in fact dead to the world. This scared her. Here it is a couple years later and my blood pressure is climbing, i had a stress test, all is well. So now i will have the apnea test once im getting treatment for that maybe the pressure will lower etc. So… i bring Alice home. Alice is for people who have been seen at night to stop breathing, its just so the doctor can see for himself and properly diagnose.

So i return the device in the morning and i will get to see the doctor for a followup with the results. However i got a call today. Bad news she says. Alice only recorded for 7.5 minutes, i will have to take the device home and try again, damn!

In other news the epidural i got in february , because of my 2 herniated discs, has worn off, big time. this week i have been in serious pain, i have had some times where its been quite painful to just stand up. I took some tramadol, but its not helping. I left a message for the doctor hopefully he will respond tomorrow or i need to bother another doctor. A friend pointed me to a pain center, i may see if i can get in this weekend. If not i am off next week starting tuesday, another opinion cant hurt.

what do you think?


somedays you have yo ask WTH?
today is one of them days, yesterday was beautiful all was well today went nicely then…come home from the office, make dinner, try to do dishes ok back is hurting leg feels like its in the freezer? ok this is a new pain, nicer than the burning rod feeling of days past. i decide to stop dishes sit on the deck and have a nice cold tonic water, HA! you thought i was gonna say scotch didnt ya?
so i sit, maybe 20 minutes back is killing me. ok, inside sit on couch, ok pain starts to subside go get a scotch! ha! there ! i cant twist the top it feels like someones squeezing my fingers with pliers, forget this ok tramadol time. i havent had that pain in my fingers for 3, maybe 4 years now? maybe time to switch the NSAIDS? on current nsaids for about 2+ years thoughts? opinions?

Happy summer!!

As the summer comes in i start to feel so much better, much less joint pain, ahhhh AHHHHH!! OOOOWWWW!!! Damn let me start again out with the cold pain in the joint season, and in with the if its too hot im gonna have massive muscle spasms season. What the hell did i sign a pact with the devil or something? This is crazy. I remember a friend of mine who had an issue in the summer, he has MS. If it was too warm he couldn’t transfer from his chair to his seat in the car. If the a/c was on and it was cool enough inside he was fine otherwise boom. Me? If i overheat i get massive spasms. Last night was in my chest just at the bottom of the rib-cage. I sat on the bed laid down, and within seconds i was screaming rolling around in pain. I guess my next doctors appointment ill ask to see an orthopedic. For the past few years we thought this was from the cholesterol meds, maybe it is maybe its not. Since it comes and goes we cant be too sure.

On a brighter note i do feel better in other areas and my medicine is keeping my skin clear and my rheumy sees 0 inflammation. Im eating better, working out more and meditating a little more. I bought myself a hammock for fathers day and plan on using it ALOT for the 4th of July weekend/holiday.