Like many people, Nila Patel is feeling stressed about the prospect of entertaining her extended family during the Christmas holidays – but her concerns are exacerbated by the fact she has rheumatoid arthritis.
The 26-year-old, from London, is hosting a family dinner with her mother, but her fingers are badly deformed and her condition makes domestic duties more of a challenge.
“I will always try to help around the kitchen – but there are certain things I can’t do, such as peeling potatoes,” she said.
“My mobility is quite limited, and my activities. I can’t carry anything too heavy and I can’t grip very hard. I cannot carry a big pot from one hob to the other. I have to use two hands.
Vicki Corson said:
Alright folks, I think its time to start the 12 Arthritic Days of Christmas…add the next line:
On the first day of Christmas Arthritis gave to me a cortisone shot in my knee….
Fellow superhero Ferhaan – from the Netherlands – was recently interviewed for the monthly publication of the Dutch Arthritis Foundation: “In Beweging” (“In Motion”). Starting this January, Ferhaan will be contributing a monthly column for this magazine.
Please join me in wishing Ferhaan the best as he embarks on this new endeavor!
In the meantime, you can visit him at Ferhaan’s Blog.
For more information on the Dutch Arthritis Foundation, please visit: http://www.reumabond.nl/.
If you are in the area, be sure to take a look at this December issue…I am told that Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is mentioned as well!
I started on Enbrel (rather unexpectedly) on December 9, 2009. I had been taking Simponi, which I loved, it just didn’t last more than a week. (See Simponi Synopsis page for further information.) My rheumatologist decided I needed to switch and, since I was due for my shot, switched me right then and there.
Raising Children in this day and age is tough enough, but add chronic illness to the mix, and you have a whole of emotional and physical challenges to deal with in addition to what you already have to do.
Cathy from The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo also wrote a guest post on Parenting & RA, for anyone who is looking for more information on this topic.