11:00 am Saturday morning – I have one hour to take a bath, get dressed, and head over to the local health clinic in order to get another Diclofenac injection. The silver lining to the situation is that even though a large number of joints are in pain, they are at least continuing to move. The fact that I am here squeezing in a morning post is proof of my confidence at accomplishing the above list within the next hour.
(And you know that you live with a chronic illness when you know the hours of the local health clinic by memory!)
A year ago I was anguishing over the fact that my periods of increased pain and inflammation – which normally used to last 4 to 6 weeks and appeared every third month like clockwork – no longer seemed to be following their usual schedule. (My first, and former, rheumatologist used to laugh at me when I told her that my rheumatoid arthritis followed such a set schedule.)
This year, I am going with the flow. I’ve learned not to expend precious energy fighting against the presence of rheumatoid arthritis in my body…it’s so much better to use that to help me get through period like the one I am in now. I’ve also learned not to classify a day as being a “bad day” just because rheumatoid arthritis is present.
Yes, my rheumatoid arthritis is more active than it usually is, and yes, my Saturday morning is going to involve going in to get yet another injection…but I know it’s going to be a great day!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!