I thought I'd write this as I'm waiting for a call from my GP about pain relief and daren't attempt a shower until I hear from them as they are bound to call the minute I get in there.
I know, shameful isn't it? Nine o'clock in the morning and not a child in the house washed (as my dad used to say).
I've got 'joined-up' pain again all down the left side of my body. I don't know whether it is resonating from my ankle up or from my neck down or whether it is my back pain going both ways!
My son helped me with my shopping yesterday and I just used a shopping trolley to lean on rather than their scooter. By the time I got down the second isle I was in so much pain I couldn't think straight so I think I may have some unusual choices in my larder for this week. Quinoa and beans seem to feature quite highly so I may well be contributing to global warming later. Luckily Tom acted as my runner for most of it though - 'leave-me-son, you-go-get-cat-food............'
I came home and took some more codeine plus some more paracetamol and some movicol to reduce the effect of the codeine in my colon. I had already taken my diclofenac for the morning and omeprazole to counter the effect of the diclofenac on the stomach. I did some stretching exercises to see if I could relieve some of the nerve pain and rested while my son hoovered the sitting room (why is this dog not bald? So much hair everywhere) before borrowing the car for the weekend.
I tried to cut the grass later but only managed a couple strips before giving up entirely. Usually it takes me three or four sessions to cut it with a break between each one but yesterday I decided not to care so I'm feeling a little exasperated with myself at the moment. (we're talking small patch of grass rather than sweeping lawn here).
This morning, though, I decided that maybe I didn't actually need to put up with this pain all the time and perhaps I should be asking for more effective pain relief rather than compensating so much in other ways - so that is what I am doing. I have also put my name down on the 'garden share scheme' run by the Totnes Transition Town. Basically, you offer a part of your garden to someone in the area who doesn't have the space for growing vegetables and in return receive a quarter of their harvest. It's a win, win situation for me as I am unable to manage it myself so can enjoy watching the plants grow and have fresh fruit and veg as a bonus. Hopefully there is someone close by looking for a patch to cultivate.
Does anyone else feel they have the recheck their levels of what they feel is normal and acceptable? I think we become so used to having to adjust, accept and deal with with affects of RA that it can become easy to overlook the possibility of asking for further help and we struggle on with only half a life.
Later......GP called, wants to see me at 3pm. Beginning to regret letting the car go but there is a bus stop just outside so I'll nip out and check the timetable. Better get dressed first. The neighbourhood isn't ready to see me in my current condition.
I hope you are all well and pain free today