There are some days (today would be one of them), when out of the blue, I suddenly think: “Wow – the worst of this current flare has actually passed!”
Looking back at the past handful of days, I can see that I am moving a little bit easier in the mornings. My energy levels are still low and I continue to take naps during the evenings, but they are no longer the extra-painful events that they were just a week or two ago.
And while I still experience different types of pain throughout the day, it is back down to a somewhat mild level. I can definitely live with this.
This certainly wasn’t my first flare, and I know that it won’t be my last flare. But it was one more learning experience. One more chance to figure out how to manage and cope just a little more easily.
One of my most recent lessons learned: it’s better to reach out for help and emotional support sooner, rather than later. A person close to me in my life often reminds me that I don’t have to get through these flares alone, that I can and should reach out to those around me for help when I need it. During the lowest point of my flares, knowing that I am not alone makes a world of a difference.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!
P.S. Three final exams, seven major tests, presentations, projects, and dozens of quizzes later, my first semester of being a college professor ends tomorrow. I’ve already got a full course load scheduled for next semester…but for the next few weeks, I’ll be on winter break!