Back To Work

CollegeSquareWinter break is over, and last Monday I returned to teaching at one of the local universities. Due to logistical issues with the campus, my course, which normally covers the span of four months, has been changed to a super-accelerated schedule. Instead of teaching an hour and  a half each day, I am now teaching four hours (straight) each day!

And last week, I covered for another professor who was out. Four hours for my class, followed by four hours for her class. Needless to say, at the end of the day my feet were not happy campers.

But I made it through the week. On a couple of evenings, I even made it to the gym.

This timing of returning to a busy schedule was quite nice in a way, because it prevented me from dwelling on the news that I recently received regarding my elevated liver enzymes. Sure, I had the whirlwind of different emotions in the days following, but then I’ve resolved to continue to do the best that I can to take care of myself.

And while I’ve had a few aches and pains here and there (isn’t it wonderful to be able to refer to rheumatoid arthritis in the way?), particularly in my hands and feet, the day after tomorrow will be exactly one month since my last full blown flare/extremely painful episode. My crutches and my canes have also been resting in the corner next to the entrance door since the beginning of June.

However long this lasts, I do not know. What I do know is that I will continue to make to most of every new day, no matter what level my pain might be at.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

8 Comments
8 comments
  1. RA Guy's Mom says:

    Hope your work this week is less full (in comparison to last week’s)…Continue to take care of yourself…LOL, Mom

  2. Joan says:

    I have had relief for about the same amount of time. I did have to dump the methotrexate because of elevated liver enzymes. But the humira on its own is working.

    I hope you continue to enjoy the “aches and pains”.

  3. Carla says:

    Isn’t it great when our body actually cooperates when you have stuff to do? Plus being busy helps keep my mind off discomfort. Here’s hoping that your RA symptoms continue to stay on winter break and you get to get on with your life.

    All the best.

  4. Sue says:

    Hi! I’ve been considering responding to your blog for a while now (actually a year-ish while…)! I was born in South-Africa and still find myself here. Lovely country, and among other amazingly strange facts, we have 11 official languages! I was diagnosed with RA 8yrs ago, and at a point in 2009 when my sense of humor totally deserted me, I came across a poster of your 60 Sec Guide to RA behind the restroom door at my rheumatologist’s rooms. (Fortunately it was a copy of an original, imagine that same guide in all 11 languages). I couldn’t stop grinning all the way home-imagining the logical way to explain to people why I’m younger than their grannies that have the “same disease” that I have!? Thank you so much for that: not only can I now explain the DIS-ease of the disease, but I can also encourage other people living with RA to count their blessings. I live with an altered perseption of what it means to be blessed and that makes the day-to-day surprises when living with RA a unique adventure at a special pace. Like living in Africa. God Bless! God Bless!

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