Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has blogged and commented on this site as you've all really helped me start to come to terms with having RA and not let it totally overwhelm me.
Thanks to everyone who has shared tips on what aids and pain relief work for them. I now am the proud owner of 2 electric heat pads and a wax hand bath which have really helped me to start being a bit kinder to myself. I have also made sure I'm taking pain relief medication regularly and not trying to soldier on without it at times when the pain was all I could think about.
This has been a big week for me as I started a new job on Monday and was really unsure how I would cope. In an ideal world, I would not work but financially that's just not an option. I think I've been as realistic as possible by choosing a job share position. I work as an administrator from 8am to 12 noon on Mondays to Thursdays and from 9am to 12 noon on alternate Fridays.
The positives for this week are that I really enjoyed the job and meeting new people. Despite the effort required, it was good to wear my 'work face' and 'work clothes' and take some care of my appearance. I had given up trying over the last 6 months as I am feeling so grotty and have put on so much weight.
The most difficult thing has been managing that all encompassing fatigue. When I get home I am totally exhausted so I've been using the gap between coming home and the school run to rest. It's so tempting to try and fit the housework into those hours but I would keel over after a few days. So rest it is!
I also need to find out if it's possible to move my methotrexate day and the best way of doing it. I currently take my methotrexate on a Tuesday (I don't know why) which means that the side effects really hit me on Wednesday and Thursday. I'm wondering if I could change it to a Friday so I have the weekend to deal with the nausea, headache, fever, increased fatigue and brain fog! All tips on how to do this with the least increase in pain will be much appreciated.
Hope you all have a relaxing and pain free weekend.