This morning, as I was on my way to physical therapy, I noticed that my hands were much more swollen than usual. They reminded me of something, but I couldn’t quite put my (puffy) finger on it.
My physical therapist greeted me at the door, and she too quickly noticed how swollen my hands were. On most days she asks me what area we should focus on: feet, knees, hands, elbows, or shoulders?
Today, she didn’t even ask – she just started working on my hands right away.
By this point, the inflammation was so bad that my fingers were beginning to curl into a half fist. I looked at my hand closely, and once again a vague image from the past started coming into my thoughts. As quickly as this image appeared, though, it also disappeared.
On my way home, after ninety minutes of physical therapy and a quick stop at the grocery store, I was on my way home. And then it happened: the Hamburger Helper commercial from the late 70s/early 80s popped into my head.
For those of you who may not be familiar with this commercial, it had a character called “Helping Hand”. “Helping Hand” was an animated puffy hand, with his face in the middle of the palm area. (Odd, I know.)
So from now on, every time my hands get this swollen, I’m immediately going to think of the Hamburger Helper “Helping Hand”. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!
A Detailed Account of a Young Persons Battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis
At the age of 22 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I did not know much about the disease but it seemed my life would never be the same again. After months of despair, loosing a loved one and giving up my dream job I am finally coming to terms with my condition. I realised that I am not alone and with the help of incredibly supportive family and friends I can live a normal life and will not be beaten by this. I hope in reading my stories you too those who have been diagnosed will realise you are not alone and those who know someone will get an idea of how their friend/relative may be feeling and the challenges we face. Now 23, I am ready to share my story with you beautiful people (be ready for one hell of a rollercoaster ride!)
The Arthritis Foundation understands how important the right healthcare professional is in the fight against arthritis. To show appreciation for their good work, the Arthritis Foundation is honoring the “docs that rock” at upcoming Arthritis Walk events across the country.
Patients can nominate their favorite healthcare professional – whether that be a rheumatologist who has worked diligently to find the right therapies to control a patient’s symptoms, a nurse who calms an anxious JA patient during exams or the family physician who realized the aches and pains were something more serious – by mailing in a short form or by visiting the My Doc Rocks page on letsmovetogether.org. Once nominated, both the patient and the healthcare professional will receive an invitation to their local Arthritis Walk event, where they will meet with other healthcare providers and patients who have the same type of relationship.
The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that supports public awareness and raises funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. It is a tremendous opportunity to help improve the lives of the 46 million men, women and children with arthritis.