Weaving my way around Rheumatoid Arthritis.

ME 1 – 1 RA

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I took the week off to spend with DD2, who flew in from Portland Friday. We’re having sunny weather, so we’ve sunbathed at noon each day – hooray for nature’s own vitamin D and fun girl time in the sun!

We spent yesterday sorting through her boxes. She stored her treasures here when she moved to Portland, and on each visit home, she fills an extra duffel and takes more things back. She put on a fashion show, reclaimed some things, put some back into storage and moved some out to the donations pile. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon, reminded me of all the shopping trips with her. We would get a large frappuccino and shop for hours. We are bargain shoppers, loving the treasure hunting aspect.

Shopping is another pleasure RA has claimed. Even a quick swing through the grocery store leaves my feet less happy than they were. Seems I can walk for hours on the soft forest floor, but the concrete does me in every time.

We’ve made two trips to the storage unit. The living room looks like a tornado went through, the big closet is half empty. We need more boxes, so will go scavenging today for small boxes to pack books. DD1 arrives on Tuesday morning, to visit with her sis. Our plan is to have enough stuff moved to storage by then that we can begin to build the walls. Last summer, before “the boys” moved here, “the girls” tore out the worn carpet and installed snap lock hardwood flooring in one of the bedrooms. We make a great team. Collaborating on another handy-woman project with them is exciting.

DD2 is exactly half my age this year, and exactly the age I was when I was pregnant with her. As we packed and moved things yesterday, the contrast between our abilities was striking. I’ve lost so much ground the past few years. On a day-to-day basis, I notice little changes, some days little loses, some days little gains. Yesterday felt like I was comparing the me I was half a life time ago to the me I am now, and the changes were dramatic. RA has won this round.

But I’m winning some, too. I started my day at 5:00 yesterday, and crawled into bed at 9:30. I paced myself all day, took lots of breaks and feet-over-my-heart rests and made it thorough the day in good shape. And I woke this morning less stiff and achy than yesterday. So that’s one for ME.



Written by wovensongs

October 10, 2011 at 7:48 am

Posted in Family

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