Last night, more than 300 people danced the night away at a Burns Night Ceilidh (celebrating the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns). I didn’t realise before going that it was a fundraising event for Arthritis Care. The dances were energetic, and the live band’s music (the fantastic Timorous Beasties) got so fast it was hard (but fun) to keep up! I actually fell over at one point as I was spun round so fast but got up again, laughing. We were having such a great time that I didn’t even feel pain in my hips and knees until I sat down. There was no way that I could have danced the whole time so I skipped a few dances but it was good to muster the energy to dance for so many of the classic Scottish country dances, like ‘Dashing White Sergeant’. ‘Strip the Willow’ was hilarious as my dancing partner started dancing with someone else by mistake! Another one of our group swapped round so I had a partner to dance with again. All in all, it was an exhausting but thoroughly entertaining night, and I certainly plan to go to another Ceilidh soon, rather than wait ’til next January.
The Burns Night Ceilidh also distracted me from the fact that I’m starting drug number 5, an anti-TNF treatment called Enbrel, in about 10 hours’ time. I’m feeling nervous but have the anti-histamine and steroids on stand-by just in case I have another reaction, as I did with the previous four drugs. Fingers crossed it won’t come to that. I’ve heard some great things about Enbrel and it sounds too good to be true. However, I’m optimistic that at the least, it’ll improve my symptoms, and at best, it’ll lead to drug-induced remission.