This morning I spent some time rereading previous posts I have made on this blog. As I read through many of them, I could feel the pain I felt at the time. It brought tears to my eyes. As I read others, I felt the hope and relief that has come to me in the last several months. Life is definitely getting easier.
Two weeks ago I started a workout program with Steve that is pretty intense. Although I am making a few changes here and there, I am doing a pretty good job of keeping up. In two weeks I can already feel a difference in my body. It is stronger. Weak joints are gaining strength. It feels great to be working out with Steve and to be accomplishing so much physically.
I have finished two weeks of physical therapy. I still have two weeks scheduled. It has helped the pain in my shoulder a lot. I can't make a fist yet, but I am getting closer to that goal. At first I didn't want to work these joints because it was uncomfortable, but now I find myself doing my exercises any time I sit idle.
My rheumatologist recommended focusing on "fatter" parts of my legs when giving my shots to avoid the rash I get after injection. This hasn't eliminated the problem, but the rash is smaller and lasts for a shorter period. One day I will try it in my stomach. She feels I will have good luck there. I am so thankful that Enbrel is responding so well to my body.
Lots of good things are happening in my life. I have recently given up some responsibilities that no longer nourish me. One of these responsibilities was to my husband and was initially hard for me, but already I see how the change was good for both of us. The other was giving up responsibilities for one of our homeschooling groups. I thought this would be more difficult than it was. This group has been "my baby" for several years. I am super happy about the two moms that volunteered to take over responsibilities and feel excited that I can now put my energies into other activities for my kids while still enjoying the friendships we have made with this group.
My new Monday/Wednesday ESL teaching gig involves team teaching with two other gals. I haven't team taught since I taught elementary school. I really enjoy it. I came in during the middle of the semester and both gals have been more than welcoming to me. I believe that my teaching abilities will be brought to a new level due to their influences.
My life just gets better and better and also busier and busier. I am not one that enjoys a busy life. However, I feel that with all the new things, I am giving up some old and the new things are going to bring joy to all four of us in the long run. I am glad my body is able to handle all that it is being asked to do. I am glad to be doing things again. Life is good for Cateepoo!