I thought I would let you know about my appointment with the Occupational Therapist. Now apparently, I should have been referred to this department when I had my first nurse appointment in December (which was three months after diagnosis) I didn't know this.
So any road up - at my nursey appointment in February she told me she would refer me to OT and Podiatry for wrist splints and insoles for me wellies...
I didn't hear anything, I had purchased a wrist support off t'internet anyway and I had some old insoles from about 2 years ago which definitely still helped
The funny thing is, my wrist and thumb (in which I have some wear from OA) has got a lot worse since all the swellings have gone down. So was finding it harder and harder to pick up my eggies without lots of pain, which transferred itself along the back of my hand and up my arm to my elbow, just like when I had Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. I have dropped a few I can tell You (eggies that is)... tut tut says RH.
So... where was I... yes I rang up the RA nursey department and didn't get my usual one, I got the grumpy one, and even though she was grumpy she still did her job and the next day I had a phone call from the OT department apologising and asking how I was. After blubbing down the phone to her, because I have been struggling with my wrists, but I think I have tried not to show it... she makes me an appointment for yesterday.
I am now the proud owner of two lovely BEIGE coloured wrists splints. They are quite a nice material, but most importantly of all, they stabilise my thumb and wrists and driving home it was a pure pleasure. It's funny how you don't realise you are putting up with pain and discomfort until someone takes it away and you realise life could be so much easier.
Is "struggling on" a genetic disposition??? I think some of it has to do with the fact that when I sometimes raise a point with the doctor or nurse they are concentrating on something else, like when I was talking to the ra cons, and I mentioned the painful knee and hip and wrist and thumb etc... he said ah that's probably the OA.. yes and.... it just gets ignored, so I think I have to struggle on with it. So I returned to my doc for an update on painkillers and pain management which has helped.
I have been trying to do without painkillers and in some circumstances I can. But in order to go to work I have to keep myself dosed up. So then I thought. I don't want to dose myself up with more toxic drugs to go out to work and do a job in an unfriendly environment, which is a massive blow when you are a farmer and love being outdoors. Silly me.....
So I have been looking to re-train. Can you teach an old dog new tricks??? I bloody well hope so....
This idea has not gone down well with RH. I think, he thinks, I am going to leave him. Huh I say and who is going to look after me in my old age??? I told him I doubt if I could find another toyboy with loads of money so he's quite safe. But he is definitely miserable about the whole thing... that is me not working on the farm, and thinking of doing something else. So I give him a good old talking to this morning.
I have been told I do not qualify for Employment and Support (the old incapacity benefit) but I can't quite understand why and they are going to ring me next Tuesday to see if there is anything else I can apply for.
So it might be a case of going up the end of the lane, selling my wares in an emergency because funds are dangerously low. We shouldn't have a cashflow problem at this time, but we have which seems to suggest something is afoot. The big problem being the cost of chicken feed is going up at a drastic rate but we are not being paid any more for our eggies than we were 12 months ago. Doesn't take an accountant to work that one out!!!
No-one said life was going to be easy.... and they weren't wrong.
So I am toddling off now (It's a day off for me from eggies and the girlies today). I am feeling like I can do something around the house and potter about like a little old lady. But I would rather be doing something more constructive.
Tatty bye for now and take care everyone