I failed RA Blog Week. I knew I should have said no last week because I knew that it was going to be difficult to keep up. But I really enjoy the sharing that occurs during RA Blog week. These are my friends that share my chronic illness. They know what I’m going through, and I know what they have to deal with each and every day.
I’m not sure how it is that I make it through my days lately. Work is soooo busy. It’s a good thing. The past few years were unhappy work years and a year ago they moved me to a new team and I have soared! It’s so fun to feel successful again at work and to be recognized and to know that I can do it. But it’s hectic and stressful and this week I had a difficult situation with a long standing client that definitely challenged me. I questioned whether I was cut out to continue doing this work. I really asked those questions as I struggled with my situation.
The situation is only half resolved, but I’m pushing through it. Which is what I do every day of my life with RA. I push. I got this.
In keeping with RA Blog week – I’ll give you a few things that certainly help me get through my days. I have a great support system. Mr. Phat is incredible in understanding what I deal with. I have good friends that know I have limitations and that I have good and bad days. I have my fellow Bloggers. They really get it, they support me and encourage me to move on.
I have a great set of doctors. I can typically get in to see them on the same day if I need to. I have access to medication and can afford to pay for it. I am not at all reliant on pain meds any longer after having my knees replaced and I am thankful for that. The whole pain med arena is so difficult nowadays – chronic pain patients struggle with getting the meds that they’ve used responsibly for years.
I am a medical marijuana advocate. I think that if properly understood and used, MM can be a life saver for chronic pain patients. I have a CBD oil that I use for my painful joints and it does help alleviate the pain and calm me down. I’ve been an insomniac for years and recently realized that the benadryl and melatonin I was taking made me much more restless than sleepy. I’ve been taking half a CBD gummy most nights and sleeping far better than anytime in my adult life.
I want to thank Rick Phillips of RA Diabetes. for putting RABlog week together – it’s an incredible event to share with fellow chronically challenged patients.