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...
This report is the second in a two-part study on patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). In the first study it was found that patients with PFPS use less knee flexion when going up and down stairs compared to healthy adults. In this study physical therapy was used to see if reducing pain would increase knee flexion while climbing stairs. The same group of PFPS patients was in both studies. PFPS is a common cause of knee pain, especially when going up and down stairs. Normally the patella (kneecap) slides within a slot on the femur (thigh bone) called the trochlear groove . Sometimes the patella tracks improperly and doesn't stay in the groove. When this happens during movement pain occurs around the kneecap. Patients were divided into two groups. One group received physical therapy to decrease knee pain and improve muscle control. These patients were given exercises, mobilization of the patella, and corrective taping of the patella. The goal was to retrain quadriceps muscle function. This ...
Our dinner on the Muslim island of Pemba was "Chips and Goat" -- the meat was tiny, dried bits that we HOPED was goat and not something more exotic, so we cheerfully just swallowed it and ate lots of potatoes!
After literally spicing up our lives, we stopped by a forest preserve, again, seldom visited by tourists. We were given a "lecture" by the naturalist on all of the birds and wildlife in the forest. We paid for our tour and began the hike through a variety of eco-systems including a marsh, upland forest, etc. The path was a major challenge for this osteoarthritis patient as the guide easily stepped over huge roots, and ducked under even bigger (to me) low-lying fallen trees. We had a visit to an abandoned colonial sawmill in the forest; but saw only 3 birds in the far distance as our token wildlife! We stopped at another site for a brief viewing of the flying bats, but requested to continue on to the airport so we wouldn't miss our flight to the island of Zanzibar.
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