My story is simple. During late summer of 1995, my ears turned bright red, began blistering and were in an enormous amount of pain. Prior to that I had been having trouble with my ears which I had thought at first was a very bad sunburn. But now I realized it was something much more. I got bounced around to different doctors, the first of whom (an ear, nose & throat guy) thought it might be this extremely rare disease called RP, which he said would be quite serious. Several doctors later, I ended up in the office of Dr. Rodney Bluestone, a noted rheumatologist on North Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills, California.