“You know you have RA if you’ve ever felt like calling it a day at 10:00 am.” —RA Guy
Sometimes, the most limiting aspect of living with rheumatoid arthritis has nothing to do with pain, and everything to do with fatigue. I’m currently in one of these periods, and the only thing that I can do is rest, rest, and rest. I know that a second wind will eventually come, and my energy levels will once again rise.
This morning was one of those that I had not experienced for quite a while. You know, those mornings when you have to muster enough energy to get out of bed (and, even though you slept soundly through the night, you wake up feeling ten times more tired than when you went to sleep!) Then it’s time to take a bath (sit-down, of course…I haven’t taken a stand-up shower here at home for years now) and get dressed. And then, well…that’s it, at least for the next few hours, if not for the rest of the day!
But, at least, when I jump (more like fall) back into bed, I’m clean and refreshed.
We’re currently in our warmest part of the year down here, it’s very sunny and temps are up into the 70’s. (Temperatures in the 80’s would qualify as a heat wave—I’m not even kidding. Oh, and our summer is actually quite cold, due to the fact that it corresponds with the rainy season.) I wonder if this warm weather might be a factor, when it comes to this current bout of fatigue?
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!