One of the aspects of living with rheumatoid arthritis that has been most difficult for me to come to terms with has been the roller coaster fluctuations from good to bad. Sometimes these ups and downs take place over the course of weeks and days, and at other times they take place over the course of hours and minutes.
I’m getting a little more used to this, though…and instead of continuing to be annoyed by the unpredictable nature of my illness, I have actually grown to see this variety as something that definitely makes my days not boring. It’s definitely good to plan ahead, but it’s also sort of fun to live for the moment.
Over the past ten days or so, my rheumatoid arthritis has been 50:50. Who would have known it? Just yesterday in a SAT tutoring class the topic that we studied was ratios, as in “to find a ratio, put the number associated with the word of on top and the quantity associated with the word to on the bottom and reduce.” I can already see the test question now:
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy’s illness is very active from 11pm until 11am. From 11am until 11pm, it is almost unnoticeable that he has rheumatoid arthritis. What is the ratio of his active RA time to his non-active RA time?
Having experienced both extremes, from 1:100 (remission) to 100:1 (extreme flare), I am more than happy to be at 50:50…especially when those active hours take place during the nighttime/morning hours. Sure, the time that I roll out of bed has been drastically pushed back due to morning pain and stiffness…but at the same time, my RA activity during the night has not affected my sleep.
So all in all, I am a happy camper at the moment – even if I do have to meet my rheumatoid arthritis halfway!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!