KA-POW!

kapowRemember those scenes from old superhero television shows, when brightly colored sound bubbles such as bam and splatt popped up during fight scenes?

Well, if my evening last night were ever to be depicted in this comic book art form, let me just say that it would include a lot of these sound bubbles…including one final kapow!

Fight scenes are rarely pretty. They are even more ugly when the superhero seems to lose. But Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has gotten beat up before, and he continues to learn how to pick himself back up after episodes such as these.

The weapons that I encountered, while they were somewhat familiar, seemed to be much more potent than anything I have previously come across.

My left hand continued to curl inwards, forming an almost closed fist. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it seems like some “Tim Burton” magic dust was added to the spell, making my fingers look like the bare crooked branches that have become a visual trademark of that director.

Simultaneously, my right shoulder was being attacked like never before. Close inspection revealed a wide, bright red swath of inflammation that was completely wrapped around my shoulder. Talk about searing pain!

Then, both ankles and my right wrist decided that they, too, would jump on the bandwagon.

All I could muster, at that moment, was a blank stare into nothingness.

Ka-pow!

But then the punches finally stopped landing, and the pain slowly started to subside. Within an hour, I was back to “normal”.

I wonder what sound bubbles might appear next time?

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

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

    Sorry to read about this latest episode, son….but glad to read that it lasted and hour and you were back to normal. Hope your cold is better and that your weekend is a good one. I was remembering that exactly a year ago I was visiting and we were getting ready for that trip we took on the 29th! Much love, Mom

  2. Cathy says:

    Ooohhh…..that searing pain in the shoulder. I know that pain and it is not friendly at all! Ouch. Why does the shoulder hurt so bad? It is like no other pain.

    RA Guy, I hope today you are feeling better and enjoying something truly wonderful in your life. As always, sending you happy thoughts!

  3. Belinda says:

    I got socked with a new weapon, myself — horrid, electrical shocks on my collarbone. Not nice! But I prevailed in the end.

    This is my first post, but I’ve been lurking for awhile. I love you RA Guy! Your posts really help me understand that we aren’t alone in the fight. I love your insights and your positive spirit. Hang in there — we’re all here with ya!

  4. Barbara says:

    My last few flares have made my hands curling inwards and moving sideways. I went to Occupational Therapy and did some nice massaging, whirlpool, etc. But what also helped was that the OT created a custom splint for my hand that gently pushes my fingers back into place. Very comfortable. HUGE improvement. She used some molded plastic stuff that she cut to my hand. It wasn’t complicated. The over the counter braces/splints don’t really do the same.

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