Hope you are all well?
I've had an up and down couple of wks.
After the fall, my ra seems to raise its ugly head which meant the wk leading up to half term I took 2 days of. Work got p***ed about it and suggested I might want to cut my hrs further and started to imply I may not be well enough to return to work. That got me mad and I aksed them would they prefer me to go of sick? And I told them that ra could be sudden and can come on without warning, so I cannot predict when I am going to be sick! To ensure I was insulted further, the personal officer told me that they were going to hire the supply for this wk as I am unreliable and they were not sure if I was going to be in work this week. Naturally I told them to do as they pleased. I was furious with the implications the personal officer made, but that's schools for you.
I've got down to 4mg daily of steroids and I am now noticing the aches are coming back, fingers are stiff in the morning and I have to take a codeine to get out of bed. I have suffered at least 2/3 joints dull ache on and off for the last 2 wks.
Work was awful this wk as I have gone back to my regular hrs. My soles of my feet and my right knee have minged for the last 2 days, my right wrists and fingers are sore from writing on the whiteboard. Yesterday my knees was so bad I had to use my walking stick at work for the stairs for the very first time. My right knee kept giving way (all my colleagues tried very hard not to notice my stick - please and were gob smacked. That put paid to the gossip mongers who thought I had 9/10 wks of for nothing). Pain killers at the moment are not making a difference and I had to get into work due to the conversation I had above just before the half term break. I am now off until next monday, but I have a rheumy appt on friday, so hopefully they can do something and of course I am gonna use the time to recoup & rest!
I think the issues I faced with work will in time get better as I get use to working full days again. Besides that I think it is also an issue of pacing and reducing my mobility within the classroom in order to pace myself better in the future. Well I hope this strategy will eventually work.
Well that's me done for a while. Keep smiling and kicking ra in the chops/kisser for our american buddies.