At the grand old age of 35 I am finding it harder to ignore the pain and work through it (not that I should have been doing that anyway). Overdoing it has bigger consequences than it used to. I am finally having an OT come to visit next week. My mum arranged for one to visit in my late teens and I had a huge hissy fit. "There's nothing wrong with me." errm "yes there is." Teenage sugarmouse storms off to her bedroom and plays A-HA's take on me full blast over and over till the neighbours beg for respite. Don't peddle your tap turners round here I am 18 and living in denial.
I am having to think seriously about the future now. Having had RA for so long it's likely I will need some joint replacements as I get older but would like to stave that off as long as possible. But it's still so hard to admit that I need things that well "old people use" (not my partner who is 70 and in perfect health). RA is so b****y ageing. I was in agony getting something out of the oven the other day but was so stubborn I wouldn't accept help. My daughter has grown up with her mum's stubborn independence and as a result now is very reluctant to do anything to help. It's a fine line between making her understand that I am in pain and tired and could genuinely use the help but not wanting her to worry about me unnecessarily.
It took me ages to decide to get a walking stick and it's really helped but it's hard to co-ordinate with my shopping trolley. I thought the trolley would help but to be honest I just over pack it and then lugging it around the town and on and off the bus makes me worse. I shouldn't be doing it. I have looked at rollators (wheeled walkers with seats) they don't have much space for shopping but they do have a seat and the buses by me are not reliable and many stops don't have seating or have those dreadful benches that tilt.
Does anyone have experience using a rollator? Are they any good? Do they hurt your wrists at all? Do you need it more for balance or seating or both? How do you carry shopping? Did you try some out first? I never buy anything before getting loads of advice first.