Today I read a post in which Lulul declared her acceptance of the fact that she had RA. I am 12 months down the line and suppose I could say I'm nearly there. It made me think of the things that I had done along the way to compensate and which were far more numerous than I had remembered!
My long saught after and loved cast iron pans have been relegated to the back of the cupboard (put there by my husband spurred on by moans and groans when trying to move them). Some of them used to sit proudly on the hob until I (insistant that I would manage) nearly dropped one full of hot liquid.
My little sports car has been replaced by a 'more sensible' Nissan Juke (which is fab, I might add!!) and now I can get in and out of the car without the aid of pulleys and winches.
I now have a memory foam mattress - very comfortable and a bit more gentle on the hips.
I have special dipensation at band practice to play without my mutes as this makes my instrment too heavy to hold up and play. They drew the line at a 'prop' to support it!!
I have a trolley in my boot so that I can carry things too and from the car which I then had to replace with a lighter version so that I could get it into the car in the first place.
I miss walking the dog for miles and miles - Ii used to go off for hours on a Sunday morning with my nutter of a dog - who still keeps me sane and who dosn't treat me any differently. I can still walk pretty well but boy do I pay for it.
i can carry diddly squat.
I started on Embrel a couple of weeks ago and although there has been no difference yet, I am hopeful that it will kick in over the next few weeks and make a difference. I have to be positive about it and give it a chance.
You may be asking by now what my blessings are - well, a new car, a new bed, new saucepans, a nice trolley, lie ins on a sunday morning while my husband takes the dog for a walk, I can still play in my beloved band(s) and I haven't exhausted all the treatment possibilities. In the words of another fan: RA Pride!!