Rheumatoid arthritis is a royal pain to live with. I am working with my doctor to try to find the right meds. Humira, a shot you take every other week, did not work as we hoped it would. I am now on Simponi. It is a once a month injection. It seems to be working better than the Humira did. I have only had 3 shots so we will see what the next few months bring. I thank God everyday that I have a great insurance company helping me.
God gives us gifts everyday. My gift is this condition and I am thankful for it. I do believe it is making me a better person. I refuse to ask why...He knows why and I just have to do what I have to do to make it through each day.
Even though I have RA I refuse to just sit and moan about pain. Some mornings when I get up, I can barely walk because my knees hurt so bad. I make myself walk around the house and after a while they start to feel better. It is a strange condition. On some days I am almost pain free and on some days I have so much pain that I can hardly walk. I try not to cry and feel sorry for myself. Sometimes I do cry but I shake it off and keep going. Keeping busy helps me so much. I love taking care of my 2 year old grandbabies. When they are around it seems the pain is almost gone. I guess I am too busy to think about it! I love them so much and I need to have them with me as often as possible. Sewing also takes my mind off the pain. My hands are swollen all the time. I can not even slip on a size 10 ring! I am unable to make a tight fist. But!!!! I keep on with my sewing projects. I am able to hold the rotary cutter tight enough to cut my fabric. I also can use my machine to quilt the tops I make. I have made about a dozen quilts in the past 12 months. I allow my self time in my sewing room an hour at a time. I keep praying I will wake up and the pain will be gone. One day that will happen. It would be so easy to just sit and be sorry for myself but I am not going to do that. If you know anyone with RA please be patient with them. It may seem they are not hurting but believe me they are.
Today is a good day, hardly any pain at all. Thank you Lord! My hands are swollen but that's normal for me.
I pray all of you have a wonderful weekend.