Days Without An Accident: 0

“In this hospital based survey, one in three patients with rheumatoid arthritis reported falling in the previous 12 months. Falls were associated with self reported impairment in lower limb function.”

Read more: Occurrence and risk factors for falls in rheumatoid arthritis

Just yesterday, I was talking with someone about how my biggest challenge of living with rheumatoid arthritis no longer seems to be how to cope with the chronic pain, but has instead become how to manage the disabilities that this illness continues to introduce into my life.

It’s not that I’m ignoring my pain. I’m just becoming (I never thought I’d ever say this) used to it…and over the past few months, instead of focusing my thoughts and energies on trying to get rid of this pain, I’ve found myself returning to doing the things that I enjoy. My physical pain never does goes away, but for certain periods of time the mental awareness of my pain actually begins to fade away, as I happily cook away in the kitchen (careful with those sharp knives and heavy pots!) or swim 1000 meters non-stop (as I did this past Friday morning!).

Back to the disability aspect, however. Over this past month, I have (in no certain order) cut my finger, broken a glass, slammed my bad knee against the leg of my desk, dropped numerable items of food, spilled many drinks, accidentally dropped a bench press bar on my forehead (yes, it was as painful as it sounds), and (once again) fallen. This morning, as I walked up the three steps to my front door, I took a tumble.

This fall would have been much worse than it actually was, had I not broken my landing with my right hand. Yup, you’ve got it. One of the weakest joints in my body–my right wrist–took the full brunt of my entire body’s weight earlier today. But I ended up being okay. I anxiously waited for a major flareup during the following couple of hours, but it never arrived.

I have not yet been able to figure out how to prevent such accidents from taking place, but I have come up with a few steps that seem to help me when they do happen.

1. Don’t place blame on myself for my reduced coordination; this is just one more symptom of my RA.
2. Make a mental note of what just happened, and try to figure out things I can do to minimize a recurrence in the future.
3. Immediately confiscate any photos and/or video recordings of said accident, before they are posted on the Internet!

Here’s wishing everyone a happy and accident-free week!

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

4 Comments
4 comments
  1. Laurie says:

    I am also more clumsy. Yesterday my ankle was hurting, and as I came in to the kitchen from the garage door, I hit the threshold with my foot and whammed my right wrist into the top of my wrought iron kitchen chairs. I have bruises everywhere from little mishaps, don’t quite fall but so far have caught myself breaking my fall on furniture or walls. Funny thing is, I don’t seem to injure myself when I take pain meds.
    I did fail step #3. In 2006 I took my sons (who were 22 and 24) to California for our first trip to Disneyland. I was feeling pretty good back then, so when we went to California adventure I decided to be a smart aleck and go down the tube slide in the kiddie playground since it was empty…one of the boys decided to film it. Needles to say there is a rather unflattering video of me landing on my backside that somehow gets to be shown to all family and visitors. I was laughing so hard I could not get up, and when I finally got myself together to get up, I couldn’t as the landing spot was cushioned to protect the little ones! At least my backside was well protected by that and my natural fluffy bottom and I did not get hurt!

  2. Lucecita says:

    Hola, te estoy siguiendo continuamente, te felicito por tu blog, es muy interesante y optimista. Mi hijo tiene 3 años y tiene artritis reumatoide, pero está bien, gracias a Dios, sin embargo, yo siempre estoy en alerta, éstamos en contacto. Un abrazo.

    luz.

  3. Deborah says:

    Bubble wrap. Bubble wrap from head to toe. The only true thing that will protect you. And it also makes lovely popping sounds upon impact. A tried and true tested practice and one I intend to further by financially investing in said company.

    Say a prayer for those in service today and have a wonderful Memorial Day.

  4. allensgirl says:

    I totally don’t believe this.I have been falling for months now,and thought I was just getting clumsy in my old age.I also drop things and knock things over, Is it really RA. I also have PN. Who knows?

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