Happy Valentine's Day! I can't believe Lori and I met about 25 years ago at U.C. Davis as undergraduates. We bonded very quickly over the experiences of living with lifelong health condtions. No one is going to be perfect at supporting another with challenging health conditions. But keeping a vow is not about being perfect. For us, it’s about friendship and being present. That’s the best gift that we could give each other.
24 weeks ago on Monday, August 21, 2017, I took my first injection of Tremfya (guselkumab) to treat my severe psoriasis. That day I witnessed a solar eclipse as I drove to the dermatology clinic in Sacramento. I recalled the day in grade school (February 26, 1979) when the last total solar eclipse occurred in the Northern Hemisphere. That's around the time when the first psoriasis lesions emerged on my skin. Almost forty years later, would Tremfya finally be the treatment to eclipse the nagging psoriasis all over my skin? A pattern has emerged.
I set the alarm for 4:30 a.m. this morning to catch the rare super blue blood moon. A super moon happens when the moon in particularly close to the earth. A blue moon is a second full moon of a calendar month, January. A reddish blood moon comes when the moon is in the earth's shadow during the eclipse. It's rare for all three to happen at the same time.
I have many triggers for my psoriasis and eczema skin conditions. One of those triggers is a surefire way to get the inflammation going on skin. It's one I unfortunately experienced this week: contracting a infection.
On Sunday evening I took the fourth Tremfya (guselkumab) injection out of the refrigerator. As I carefully opened the box the instructions fell out onto the desk. I thought, hey, I know how to inject a syringe subcutaneously, so I don't need to look at it. But a seed of doubt entered my mind: have I really injected Tremfya correctly?