This system forces sick people to bear high costs for chronic illnesses over which they have little control. Only when we include everyone in the risk pool do we have an insurance system that does not punish individuals for being sick.
Isn’t she adorable? She is the softest, most cuddly, sweetest little pink plush I’d ever seen. She has agreed to be my new friend and coach for my journey for a healthier lifestyle and nutritional game plan. She has promised never to make fun of how many cookies I eat. She doesn’t care what size of clothes I wear or that I huff and puff when I walk up the stairs. When I squeeze her too tight or cry real tears on her, she doesn’t mind. Her assignment is to remind me to take care of myself in a gentle, positive, and happy way.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is glad to be heading into warmer weather. Winter this past year not only started a month earlier, but it also ended a month later. On top of these two extra months of winter, temperatures were much lower than usual – and, it snowed much more than usual. While most of my readers continue to move towards colder temperatures, down here in the Southern Hemisphere things are the exact opposite. The days are getting both longer and warmer. I am loving it.
I’ll do my best to send some of this sun and warm weather up north, but I can’t make any promises. I know how hard cold weather can be when living with rheumatoid arthritis. For some of my hints on coping with winter, please see My Own Personal Kryptonite.
“When Superman was exposed to one particular thing, he immediately lost all of his powers and became weak. The thing that had such an immediate and pronounced effect on Superman was green kryptonite. Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has his own personal kryptonite – but it’s called winter.”
Today I thought it would be good if we could share some of our must-have items for winter. I’ll go ahead and start.
I have never been much of a slipper guy…that is, up until I had rheumatoid arthritis. Before, I believed in the power of bare feet, and sometimes just walking around with socks if it was a little chilly. (Hey, I grew up in South Texas, where our slippers were beach sandals!)
But since I have been living with rheumatoid arthritis, this has all changed. As soon as I get out of bed, there is no way I am going to make things worse by putting my feet on a cold floor. So I’ve gone through slipper after slipper during the past few years. This past year, I decided to spend a little more on a slipper that was not only more comfortable, but which would last longer as well. I haven’t regretted a cent that I spent on my slippers, shown below.
Oh, wait – there are no sponsors of this site. At least not in the traditional sense. No Mercedes-Benz commercials. No Bud Light commercials. No Viagra commercials. (Man, I think I’ve been watching too much football!) But there are many generous readers who have already contributed to the Superhero Support Fund. These individuals – you know who you are – are the true sponsors of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy.