Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy’s past three weeks have been some of the busiest ones that he has had in years. Think: leaving the house at 6:45am, returning to the house at 9:00pm, and then working for another few hours until midnight in order to be prepared for the following day.
While I would definitely not attempt to maintain this schedule over an extended period of time, there is a little bit of pride (I’m not sure if this is the exact word that I am looking for) that emerges when I look back over the past near-month, and realize that I was able to pull off all of these commitments without any noticeable increase in my RA symptoms.
I was originally scheduled to teach one class this current term. A week before, I received a call asking me if I would take on a second class. A few days before, I received another call asking me if I would be willing to have a third class. And then, on the same day that my three new classes started, I also started doing some GMAT tutoring in the evening with a private student. (When I committed to this last request, I had wrongly assumed that they were looking for only one hour a day…it ended up being that they were looking for three hours a day!)
Through this busy rush, when one day blended into the following, it was interesting to note that some of the techniques that I have developed to deal with rheumatoid arthritis flares were quite effective in managing my time and energy, most importantly focusing on the moment (and not worrying about all of the commitments I had in the rest of the day or the rest of the week) and practicing mindfulness meditation. While sometimes I had “just” 10 minutes between one class and another to sit down and rest my mind and body, I turned those “just” 10 minutes into a more-than-sufficient relaxation period.
And even though my commitments have reduced somewhat over the past few days, they will continue to remain a little higher than usual over the next two weeks. It’s nice to know, that even with my arthritic body, I continue to be able to do more than I ever thought possible while – most importantly – I continue to take care of my mind and body.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!