There are those days when I am able to move. There are those days when I am able to enjoy
life, and stay positive. Then there are
days like today where I question everything, and I don’t how I can handle
another day with this disease.
A whirlwind of emotions
This last month has been a whirlwind of emotions for me, and
that whirlwind of emotions is almost always accompanied by a flare and
depression. This last month has made me
question who I am and if I am strong enough to fight anymore. The truth is that sometimes I have
doubts. I recently started Lexapro, an
antidepressant for my depression, and it has really helped. But all of the issues that I have regarding
rheumatoid arthritis can only be treated if I am ready to work on them. And right now I am sad and tired. I am tired of being sad and tired. I get tired of thinking about how tired I am
of being sad and tired. Should I go on…? It always seem...
I love to cook and have at least a kazillion recipes that I use often although I live alone (well, not really—I have my dog Mandy). I thoroughly enjoy making a wide variety of jams, yeast breads, main dishes, candies, and cookies to share with friends and family. After 937 days (at least) of dreary icy, snowy, windy, rainy weather, I honestly was “losing it!” I am normally an extremely active person who NEEDS to work out daily—swimming, free-weights, or a wide variety of machine and floor exercises—in order to maintain a semblance of sanity and also to prevent being mistakenly identified as the Goodyear blimp. Four looooong months ago, I received hip replacement #2. I wasn’t apprehensive at all going into the hospital because the first hip surgery had been a textbook case—surgery, recovery, therapy, back to working out, and then climbing a mountain in Africa seven months later! Life went on as usual. Then came hip replacement surgery #2. As p...
A person over the age of 65 is at a higher risk of falling. That risk increases substantially if that person who is over 65 also has osteoarthritis. Of the people who do fall, one in 40 will be hospitalized 1 and of those, half will be dead within the year. Yes, falling is a deadly serious problem.
Why is the risk of falling higher when someone has arthritis? Anyone one who has osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, back, or ankles will tell you that walking becomes more difficult. As mobility becomes more difficult, tripping on that darn rug gets easier. The more joints involved, the more the risk of falling increases. Pain makes matters even worse. And sometimes joint replacement surgery makes falling more likely.
Just when you thought surgery was supposed to help the situation, one study showed that an elderly individual was much more likely to fall within the year after having a knee replaced. 2 The problem with that new knee is that the range of motion can be rather limit...
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