|My sweat sister!|
It is with that in mind that I write this post. I have not felt well for awhile. But having been taught to never show that or talk about it, I've kept it quiet. However it has affected my mood big time and I actually was hating my workouts for awhile now. My crappy mood is usually what my trainer will pick up on as we are no longer in the same state and that is the case here. I told him a few of my aches and pains, but not all and he cut me back some. After one week of being cut back, I already could tell the difference. My body needed that rest.
This past week I went to see my Rheumatologist for a routine appointment. But I made a list of all the things that were hurting on my body and I asked her to help me sort them out. Was it arthritis, was it tendinitis, was it carpal tunnel, was it a broken bone. I would say that I do believe my doctors will help me if I am honest with them. So I laid it all on the line. Turns out that I have three different things going on.
|A Motrin free hand for 36 hours - shows the swollen knuckle|
steroid. But here's the thing. My doctor has been with me on this journey of mine and she KNOWS that a steroid would work against my progress. She is aware of many other ways to attack the RA before ever having to suggest a steroid. AND it can go away again. This is not the beginning of the end. So we made some adjustments to medicine and I will go see her again in 2 1/2 months instead of in 6 months. Unfortunately this affects my hands, my elbows, my ankles, and my feet. But I feel confident we will nip it in the bud again.
Two - my right wrist has tendinitis. I need to rest it for four weeks. When she told me to rest my right arm for four weeks, it was like a ten-ton brick was lifted off of my chest. I almost cried with relief to know that it wasn't going to hurt every time I tried to pick up a weight.
|Ring finger wouldn't straighten.|
Now, having said all of that, let me state that she has NEVER told me to stop exercising. EVER. She suggested swimming, elliptical, leg day, abs, and anything I wanted to do with my left arm. So even with all that going on, I can still get my exercise in.
Now here's the really cool thing. I started swimming again a little over a year ago. I've become a lot stronger in the water. And get this, on Monday I got in the pool and my ring finger was bent at the middle knuckle. I began swimming. The pain ran down my finger into my hand into my wrist -- for about 200 yards and then the pain stopped. When I got out of the pool an hour later, I could extend my finger completely. Also when swimming, no joints hurt. And swimming is one heck of a workout. It's the only thing I do that actually makes me hungry (starving actually.)
This is not a "pity" post. I want you to know that you can do it too. I'm going to keep doing the things I can, letting the right arm heal, and continuing with forward progress. I know it's working because I have to go clothes shopping again. The treatment we started for the arthritis has provided MUCH relief and the rest I have given my wrist has helped too. And I'm enjoying myself again.
|This is me - enjoying myself again!|
Life is full of choices. When life gives me lemons, I choose to make orange juice and I will leave the world wondering how the heck I did it.