My schedule is undergoing a major change today. Instead of teaching a morning class and a midday class, I will now be teaching a midday class and an afternoon class.
Normally this wouldn’t be big news…except for the fact that over the past couple of weeks my worst flares have taken place smack dab in the middle of the afternoon.
A few months back, when I agreed to teach (at the time I signed up for one class – today I’m starting my third!), my concern was with my morning hours. For months, my toughest time of day had been at the start of the day – with my morning RA stiffness and all. Surprisingly enough, though, my rheumatoid arthritis seemed to understand was going on, and automatically rescheduled its worst moments to later in the day. I worked with it, and it worked with me.
Yesterday, I was expecting another major episode during the afternoon. It didn’t happen. It did, however, come later in the evening. I actually smiled a little when I realized that it had broken its “usual” schedule. I’m hoping that my rheumatoid arthritis is once taking in these cues, and will start rescheduling some of my worst flares for some time other than the middle of the afternoon.
I’ll continue to work with it, and I’m sure that it will continue to work with me.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!