• Daniel P. Malito
    Daniel P. Malito

The NSAID Farce

If you have ever watched those commercials on television for arthritis medicine and remarked how inaccurate they are, then this week’s column is for you. If you cringe every time you see someone playing sports in an advertisement for a Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment, don’t worry you’re not alone. Dan takes a look at how television is playing a part in perpetuating the myths and stereotypes that haunt those of us who suffer from RA and similar diseases.

The Dreaded New Year’s Resolutions

In his first piece of the New Year, Dan takes a look at those wonderful and scary white lies we call New Year’s Resolutions. Many of us pile exaggeration on top of our un-obtained goals and we end up with three or four promises made on New Year’s Eve that we know will never happen, even as we are telling them to our friends and family. Well, this year, he has a suggestion that should allow everyone to accomplish their New Year’s Goals.

It Never Rains

This week, Dan tells us about the emotional roller coaster that came along with the discovery of his latest ailment. The feelings, images, and thoughts Daniel experienced are akin to what many chronically ill people suffer with. Of course, there is a happy ending. Or is there? Find out as Daniel tells the tale in his usual humorous, yet meaningful fashion.

The Holiday Recital

This week, Dan takes a look at the Holiday Season and those people wee see once a year. They always ask after your health, and it can be a tricky thing, deciding how to answer. Well, here is a simply guide an explanation on how both sides feel, and what both sides want. Check out this tongue-in-cheek, yet useful, Holiday greeting primer.

Tales From The Therapy Crypt Part II

In honor of Halloween, Dan returns to that perpetual source of gruesome stories – the therapy crypt. In part II, Dan tells us of his experiences with yet another therapist of questionable credentials, and the bizarre testing methods she used to help cure all his ills. Dan’s first and only visit was yet another one of his memorable adventures played out in the course of his disease. Put the kids to bed and get ready to be scared silly with this “spiritual” tale.

My Personal Therapy

This week, Dan takes a look at coping mechanisms, and why it is important to discover what works best for you. While writing is his device of choice, you may find that something else is better for you. No matter what, though, find out why it is so beneficial to have something to turn to in times of need.

Turn. Turn. Turn.

This is the time of year when Seasons begin to change. The leaves turn color, people start wearing jackets, and those with chronic illness can feel the effects of changing weather more than most. Dan discusses some of the different issues that people with RA suffer from when the temperature shifts, and what it feels like both physically and mentally.

Daily Roulette

This week, Dan discusses how the extreme uncertainty of being chronically ill can affect his mental state, and some of the questions that plague him on a daily basis. He also lets us in to how the disease has shaped him as an individual, and relates some of the ways that he deals with the constant flip-flopping of his disease. Anyone who has ever wanted to know how people with disease think behind closed doors, don’t miss this article.

Bedside Humor & Horror

Having a doctor with a good bedside manner is important. In fact, many times I have chosen to find another physician because the way I was treated by the current doctor was not to my liking. On the other hand, I have had many physicians that took bedside manner way too far, and became much too friendly. There is a fine line between too much and too little, and today you get to hear some of the more outlandish examples of both. Now, bedside manner does not just apply to doctors proper, it can apply to technicians and assistants as well. One person I met who stuck with me happened to be a technician for my nerve conduction test. For those of you who are not familiar with that particular test, let me explain it for you. A nerve conduction test is given to determine if the nerves in a certain part of your body are working properly. In order to do this, they have to stimulate the nerves on one end, and detect if the nerve signal reaches the other end of the nerve. Well, detecting the signal at the end is easy, it just requires a pad placed on the skin. Transmitting the signal, however, is not quite as un-intrusive. Transmission requires a long knitting-needle like device inserted into the part of the body in question, and then electric shocks are conducted into said device. Sounds more like a Cambodian P.O.W. camp torture device, I know. Because the nerve conduction test is so horrific, this considerate technician had made it his mission to help put patients at ease. His way of doing this was to completely inundate me with his thoughts on a science fiction show that was currently on the air. Think “Trekkie.” This 40 year old […]

On My Leash

Dan discusses the difficulties of going too far from home when traveling with medication

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