Thursday, May 20, 2010

RA Super Model????

Rheumatoid Arthritis is taking a stronger hold of my body and I am finding the only thing that relieves the pain is to smile and leave the world of pain to one of happy thoughts and laughter. In the past, I rarely experienced hip pain and never pain in my spine and into my ribs. However, since Thursday or Friday, RA has exposed me to a continuous pain in these areas that is challenging me in all new ways. In addition, my fingers, shoulders, neck, knees and feet are stiff and/or swollen. I am so glad I can stay in my pajamas all day today.

I was just instant messaging with my husband and told him I am afraid to go back to bed because it is so much work to get out of bed, even though I desperately need more sleep. He said, "Well, if it makes you feel any better, you look really sexy." I know, TMI, right? It really made me smile though. He is like that. Just when I need him to, he makes me smile. I told him that maybe I could get a gig as a RA Super Model. Why not? A lot of cool things have happened to people once RA entered their lives. Maybe this is what I was meant to do with RA - show that you can still be sexy as you are crawling out of bed.


  1. I am sorry that you are having such a hard time right now Cathy. You post did make me smile though. You have a really good guy there. It sounds like something my husband might say. Just when I am so focused on how crummy I am feeling and how hard the simple things are, he will come out with a comment similar to what your hubby did and it will just change my focus for a minute and sometimes that is just what I need. I hope that you get a handle on what is going on with your body soon.



  2. I feel your pain especially the hip pain. I hope things get better for you soon...ciao

  3. Oh, your hubby is a sweetcake, Cathy. His comment was perfect! I'm glad it made you smile, and glad that you're actively seeking things to smile ABOUT as you battle this latest flare.

    About your hips: I was sure that the hip pain I was experiencing after walking Finny was RA, but no. It's bursitis. I wonder if that might be your problem too? Worth asking about. They can inject corticosteriods into the inflamed bursa -- and from what I'm hearing, it's very effective; Pain goes quickly. I've also discovered that bursitis and RA very often appear together; the RA "sets up" the bursitis by causing inflammation in the body.

    Anyhoo. Hope you're doing all right, right now. Here's to a weekend of RA-blasting laughter (and plenty of joy) for you.

  4. I think that you would be the perfect RA Supermodel! Your beautiful inside and out! You have a pretty great husband too!!

    I'm so sorry your in so much pain. I think about you all the time and wish so much you didn't have to deal with all of this.

    Love you!

  5. Wow, that really is looking on the bright side. I'm sorry that your RA is bringing you to new heights of pain but knowing your sexy while it happens is priceless! :)

    Hang in there!

  6. That is sooo sweet of your husband! Sorry you are having a rough time...hope things get better for ya soon!