So my hospital runs a six week course on understanding inflammatory arthritis. They put you on it as it's supposed to help you manage your disease better.
I started mine today and have come away feeling really depressed. Each week there is exercise, followed by relaxation followed by a talk. I got there to find they normally book more people on than they cater for as people drop out. This course however everyone turned up so that's 15 people. I'm in my mid 40s the rest were retired.
The exercise was what you get in care homes and I felt embarrassed. I don't do relaxation like this and stressful in a group you don't know.
Supposed to be coffee half as through. There was but not enough cups so everyone got a drink but me (petty I know but...)
Group got to suggest topics to cover in coming weeks. I suggested how to deal with work and employers. This wa crossed off as the group felt it wasn't relevant to them (well no they are all 70 plus but I hard 20 years to go yet)
Lots of them going on about how great they are feeling on the drugs that have made me really ill. Then we get an hour on what a nasty serious disease we have that can kill us in lots of ways and crippledom will be he future so we need to manage it.
Sorry to vent but I came away thoroughly depressed. I think they should try and match groups better. Sorry to anyone older but I felt completely apart and written off. It was like you have RA so we are now going to treat you like a pensioner. Now I would love to retire but I will probably still be triying to work at 80.
What experiences have other people had with these courses. Was mine a bit of an exception....