I hope all is well and if it’s not, it can only get better, well this is what I keep telling myself every day, when I open my eyes, feeling stiff as board and roll out of bed onto feet that I can barely stand on. Just keep on smiling Nicole.
My apologies I have already digressed (as per usual). I just wanted to have a bit of a rant really. I went to have my nails done yesterday. I have been having acrylic nails done for the past few months now as my nail beds have become absolutely horrible courtesy of my good friend PsA. I could barely move my fingers as she was applying the polish as they were extremely stiff, even though it was over 21 degrees outside. I apologised to the young lady doing my nails and mentioned that my stiff fingers is due to my arthritis. She immediately piped up and began telling me that she too had arthritis and sometimes she has painful fingers. I said (bitting my tongue), I was sorry to hear this and that she should get it checked out should it get worse. What I really wanted to say was, do you really want to know what having painful joints is really like? It’s hell on earth when you’re crying yourself to sleep at nights, when every single joint in your body aches, you have to survive on pills and injections and you know that your life is about coping with the pain and the side effects of drugs and there is no cure or ever getting better. But alas, I didn’t, I am to polite. But this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. I often find that in many situations when you mention arthritis, everyone has it and has a painful joint in some part of there body and sometimes if they have pain in their hands, I get that having there hands in water makes it worse. But let’s be honest, we all know that painful aching, stiff hands in warm to nearly hot water is bliss especially first thing in the mornings as without doing this most of us couldn’t even hold our toothbrush.
Don’t get me wrong I am not dismissing that people can have joint pain, but an aching wrist or knee or toe is not the same as having an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid, psoriatic... arthritis. I wish sometimes people would just listen and not assume they know what it really feels like to have our condition. I know someone who has leukaemia, their is no way I would presume to know how her body feels when she’s in pain or having treatment. Let us true arthritic individuals have our say. Having this disease is no fun and I’d like to be able to say this without everyone assuming they know how I feel.
Rant over, thanks for reading and I genuinely hope you have a great day. Weather forecast is over 22 degrees. Stay in the shade, drink lots (limited alcohol) and enjoy the sunshine ☀️.