• Daniel P. Malito
    Daniel P. Malito

Valentine’s Day Broken Heart

This Valentine’s day, our friend Dan is suffering from problems of the heart – quite literally in fact. This past week, Daniel underwent testing to discover just how much of his ticker was damaged in the most recent of his ordeals, and the results are not promising. A new hospital stay is in his future, but for today, he will have to suffer through Valentine’s Day with a serious broken heart.

And The Band Played On …

Dan was determined 2012 would be his “Year of Me.” However, things didn’t get off to the start for which he’d hoped. His rheumatoid arthritis-related heart troubles continue.

2011 is dead, long live 2012!

In this first post of 2012, Daniel recaps all the ups and downs of 2011, and how they have affected his life. Those of you that joined him on the journey last year will recognize many of the events he talks about, and those of you new to his column will find it a great recap before he dives into 2012 full-force. This upcoming year promises to be just as interesting as the year that just ended, so stay tuned!

A Christmas Poem for CreakyJoints Members with Arthritis

Daniel Malito writes a special poem in the style of “Night Before Christmas.”

Holiday Tips for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

This week, with the holiday quickly approaching no matter what you celebrate, stores are becoming more and more busy and hectic. Shopping for the holidays is always a pain, but it is even more so for those who are physically handicapped. Dan shares with us some of the tips he has learned over the years in order to help lessen the impact of hours of walking and fighting crowds.

Movie Night

This week, Daniel tells us about a recent film he saw, and how accurate the portrayal was of love with a person who is chronically ill. Dan also discusses the feelings that were brought up while watching this movie, and how much those feelings play a part in any relationship. If you are a fan of movies, or a fan of reading, or a fan of love, check this week’s column out.

Shoulder Replacement Part 5

Daniel goes in for his long-awaited shoulder replacement surgery.

My Triumphant Return

Daniel returns! This week, after a month or so MIA, Dan returns with the story of his complicated shoulder surgery, and all the issues that went with it. Having Rheumatoid Arthritis always complicates matters, and this week’s article should help to illustrate that fact without question. Help celebrate Daniel’s return and check out this week’s piece.

Shoulder Replacement Part 4

Last time, I was about to get my cardiac stress test for the upcoming shoulder replacement surgery. Well, I am now a mere day away from my trip to the operating room, and the positive stress test results allowed that to happen. It seems my heart is A-OK, barring a bit of muscle thickening due to my high-blood pressure, and my circulatory system should have no problem dealing with the rigors of joint replacement surgery. Unfortunately, making it through that stress test was a six-hour ordeal that took me completely by surprise. During the last checkup with my Rheumatologist, he expressed concern that my heart may not be what it once was, i.e., up to a major surgical procedure. Because of that, and because he likes to be thorough, I agreed to go for a cardiac stress test. When I asked exactly what that entailed, I was told that I would have to run on a treadmill or ride an exercise bike for a few minutes while wearing a heart monitor. Well, it ended up being just a bit more than a “few minutes on a treadmill.” When I arrived at the cardiac specialist’s office to begin the stress test, I was told that I’d first have to have a consult with the doctor before I began any test. So, I waited until this new doctor was available to see me, which took forty-five minutes. When I eventually did get to see the specialist, I was told that I would not only be subjected to a cardiac stress test, but I also needed an EKG and an echocardiogram. Great, I thought, even more time spent getting tested. If any of you have ever gotten an echocardiogram, you know that it can be more of a pain in the butt than Read More

Shoulder Replacement Part 3

Well here we are, mere weeks from my surgery, and I still have several steps to complete before going under the knife. When last I left you, I had scheduled a CT scan, MRI scan, and an appointment with my Rheumatologist, all on the same day, all for pre-surgery examination. To recap, my surgeon sent me for testing because he was unsure if I still had the required muscles to use a regular shoulder implant. I may have to get a special custom-made job. So, I packed up last week at 7 in the morning (ugh!) and made my way into Manhattan. The schedule I had made for the day’s activities spanned from an 8:30 CT scan appointment to a 1:30pm Rheumatologist appointment. By staring early, I was hoping that by some miracle I’d miss the rush-hour traffic leaving the city, and also keep to a minimum the already-exorbitant cost of parking in a garage in Manhattan. A good plan, but in actuality getting up at the crack of dawn was something I was not very good at. For some reason, even going to bed at 8pm the night before, getting up very early in the morning made my R.A. especially hard to deal with. Even so, I parked one block away to save a few dollars and hobbled my way to the H.S.S. entrance. The first test was the CT scan – by far, the day’s least annoying appointment. CT scans are easy compared to other tests of the same vein. You have to lie on the hard metal table, yes, but the scan takes less than five minutes, and the machine is nowhere near as anxiety provoking as a MRI unit. I was in and out in less than thirty minutes, and that gave me time to kill Read More