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    Re: Flu shot or not during COVID 19?

    Yep, I have been getting my flu shots for years. My Rituxin was late this year. Flu shots were not available beforehand. Checked with my rheumatologist and she said 2-3 weeks before infusion or 5...
  2. Thread: Fowls Cry Foul

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    Fowls Cry Foul

    During these bizarre times it is difficult to find humor anywhere. But thanks to my British friends I had a good belly laugh.
    The story about the five parrots donated to a park who embarked on a...
  3. Thread: Avacopan

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    Re: Avacopan

    I canít find that price. Probably a good thing, as it may create undue concerns. They must be providing a way for us to take it. We know the number of GPA patients is small, and how many are in a...
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    Re: Diagnosed with GPA in Bonn - Germany

    OK, the itchy feet I can relate to. Sounds small, but bad enough to cause sleeplessness and drive you batty. A while back marta mentioned magnesium helping for leg pain. When my feet got so itchy...
  5. Thread: Avacopan

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    Re: Avacopan

    They said the cost in the conference call before this one. It was so extraordinarily high, my mind threw it away. My husband wouldn’t let me get wrapped up in that because it would be one more...
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    Re: Diagnosed with GPA in Bonn - Germany

    Hi Ilias,
    I am so sorry to hear about your treacherous experience, but very glad that you found this wonderful supportive group. There is not another like it on the internet. I peeked into a few...
  7. Thread: Avacopan

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    Re: Avacopan

    There was a recent conference call with ChemoCentryx, maker of this drug (September 17). Sounds like they are getting their sales force ready for early 2021. I read a few comments about Avacopan on...
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    Re: Lowest dose of Rituxan for Wegener's ?

    I am at 1000 mg every six months. When I am running late on an infusion I really feel it. Now I have the prednisone down to 8 1/2 daily. Will be happy to get to 5. None would be best.
  9. Thread: Happy Birthday

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    Happy Birthday

    Wishing annekat a wonderful, healthy and happy birthday.
    Masha
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    Happy Birthday

    Wishing annekat a wonderful, healthy and happy birthday.
    Masha
  11. Thread: Avacopan

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    Avacopan

    Update. There is a new conference call available at ChemoCentryx. You can access this for about the next week. Approval for Avacopan is now in the hands of the USFDA. The company is now preparing...
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    Re: Coping with stress on current pandemic

    Yep, I am still here. Finally had my Rituxin infusion on Monday. Due to covid, my doctor retiring and establishing with a new doctor, I was two months overdue. I get them every six months, and I...
  13. Thread: Covid-19

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    Re: Covid-19

    Covid-19 hits close to home. I live in a 55+ community with all individual homes. It is a large community, and I am not very active, since GPA, so I donít hear everything. I do know of one man,...
  14. Thread: Statistics

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    Statistics

    Todayís WSJ has an article that states five to ten people out of 1,000 that have covid 19 die.
    This got me thinking about another statistic. One out of how many people get Wegeners. This number...
  15. Thread: Retuxin infusion

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    Re: Retuxin infusion

    No. For the first few my legs would ache a bit. But when I received the most recent one I was just fine. Other than not sleeping the night of infusion because of high dose steroids, I was OK.
    Did...
  16. Thread: Donations

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    Re: Donations

    I love PayPal. Sent mine to Andrew that way this week.
    One time we got taken on a purchase we did not make and they supported us.
    Masha
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    Re: Donations

    Andrew,
    Alysia is right. We all owe you a debt of gratitude. Hope you got mine.
    Thanks for everything.
    Masha
  18. Thread: Speak Up Newbies

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    Speak Up Newbies

    Welcome to all of those who have been diagnosed and joined this forum. It took me a year after being diagnosed just to look for a forum like this. Then it took me another few months to get it...
  19. Thread: Lung Flare

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    Re: Lung Flare

    Dorothea,
    I am thinking positive thoughts and sending prayers your way.
    Sounds like you are handling this very well. Comes with experience.
    Is your family allowed to visit you? I know with the...
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    Re: Coronavirus and GPA

    I got to meet my new rheumatologist yesterday. Hooray. I really like her. Sorry to see my Duke doctor retire, but with the virus threat the timing to go locally couldnít have been better. New...
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    Where is Everyone?

    I miss hearing from all of you. Does everyone have lock down fever? These are certainly challenging times, but we must try to keep our spirits up.
    I have put bread making to the side and have...
  22. Thread: Dexamethasone

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    Dexamethasone

    As a side note to this drug they are using to treat covid-19 patients, I must add my late brother in law was on this in the late 60ís early 70ís. His was Decadron. It was to treat his RA. He was a...
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    Re: Coronavirus and GPA

    Grab a cuppa or a mugofa and Iíll update you on my latest. First, John, I hear you about not wanting to travel to Cleveland. We used to make my Duke trip an overnight outing, then the pandemic hit....
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    Re: send good energy and prayers my way

    Hi Susan Jean,
    Probably, by the time you read this you will be home. Both John and Dirty Don hit it right on when they told you what to expect. You will most likely not sleep the night of infusion...
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    Re: Diagnosed yesterday

    Hi Jen,
    Glad you found us. Yes, initially being exhausted goes with the territory. As time goes on and you get regulated on your medication, you will also learn to pace yourself.
    Iím sorry you...
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