The husband was away on business so I spent the entire weekend reading about Rheumatoid Arthritis – buying books, following blogs, getting educated. Started with a book “Everything You Need To Know” from the Hospital For Special Surgery on RA, only $1.25 for a Kindle download. Except for my sister in Ohio who is a registered nurse, I now have to explain my new situation to the rest of my family.
- It is not like regular arthritis and I am not too young to get it
- It is not contagious and not necessarily hereditary
- It is an ongoing autoimmune condition for which there is no cure
- Don’t worry it could be a lot worse and there are a lot of ways to manage it.
I tried playing my cello today, I have not played in over a month. My third finger on the left hand was not working properly and was hurting so I stopped after just a few minutes. I also started the Methotrexate today, a first dose of 10mg. I have 14 different rehearsals and performances dates next month. If I can’t get these symptoms under control enough to play professional again in two weeks I will have to start cancelling work.
Read a LOT of the RA Warrior’s blog site learning about so many others who have similar stories to my own, and sadly so many who are in much worse condition than I am. So many young people, people in wheelchairs, people getting their joints replaced … wow. I would like to pretend that this is not happening, but it is and I have to deal with this now.