Interviewing With A Chronic Illness

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy

interview_iconA few weeks ago, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy wrote about a stressful period that he encountered in response to the possibility of upcoming in-person interview. (Good Lists Versus Bad Lists) Part of the anxiety resulted from the fact that would be one of the first times in which my disability would be a visible part of my professional self.

That interview did not move forward…but I am happy to share that this morning, I did have an in-person interview for another (much more interesting) job lead. I have been much busier than usual lately, so I didn’t even have time to fret about things like my crutches, about if/how to talk about my rheumatoid arthritis, etc. I just showed up as I am, and presented my normal self. It seems that things went really well.

And the oddest past of having wondered so much in the past on how to incorporate the presence of chronic illness in my professional life was the fact that upon sharing that I lived with rheumatoid arthritis, the man with whom I was speaking shared with me that he had recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. We even swapped stories about physical therapy. It’s funny how things work out in the end.

Immediately after my interview I went to my dentist’s office for a drop-in visit. (Yet another pleasure of receiving health care outside of the United States – not only did I drop in without calling, but I was in the dentists’s chair ten minutes later, and fifteen minutes after that I was on my way home.) When I was brushing my teeth this morning I noticed that one of my rear teeth had broken. Luckily, the crack was somewhat superficial and was no where close to the root.

Just another reminder of the importance of dental hygiene…which for me personally is usually placed on the back burner whenever I am dealing with RA flares.

So for anyone who might have been a little concerned about the absence of a post earlier today, please be assured that is was only due to good reasons, and had nothing to do with the flares that I have been experiencing recently in my hands and in my feet. In fact, my hands are doing much better than they were just a week or two ago.

All in all, it was a wonderful morning…even including my unplanned visit with my dentist!

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!