If you live in the U.S. chances are you’ve been freezing your little tush off this week like me.
Last night we got our first cold front of the season and it hit the low 50s! I know, I know. Some of you may be like laughing, but for Miami that’s freezing!! 🙂
Having Arthritis can mean that the cold whether really aggravates your joint pain, stiffness, and swelling and trust me, I am feeling it!
Last winter, when I spent a week in Boston visiting my family I was in a wheelchair the entire trip because the cold made me so incredibly stiff! Boston is a beautiful city, but I don’t think I could ever live there just because the cold hurts my joints so much.
However, for those of you Arthritis Folks who live up north (or people who just don’t like the cold), keeping your joints warm could definitely help you, like its been helping me lately. It makes a real difference!
So.. here are a few products I’m using right now to keep my joints nice and toasty! 🙂
Sunbeam Heating Pad
– This I actually use all year round cause it really helps when I’m feeling particulary stiff and you don’t have to keep heating it up in the microwave like some other heating pads.
Warm Essentials Leggings
– This I wish I had taken to Boston, but unfortunately I didn’t think of it, so I froze. Luckily, I’ve been getting my use out of them this week. They’re great to wear under pants!
Sunbeam Heated Fleece
– This one I haven’t bought , but that’s only because my husband won’t let me! He thinks its a little too ridiculous for Miami. I disagree 😉
Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Say Treatment Lacks Goals And Guidelines
Wow, guys, this makes me so sad. This is why I started this blog. Not only to bring awareness to this disease but also to educate people with RA and give them hope. We need to speak up! We need to fight back! We need to get our confidence back and do something about this terrible illness!
I know its hard because sometimes we feel judged, misunderstood and that no one understands, but things have changed. We have tools now. We have the Vectra DA test (http://www.vectra-da.com/patients/how-vectra-works.php) which puts a verifiable number to RA disease activity. We have newer treatments being introduced all the time.
We can do this, guys! All we have to do is speak up!
This pain reminds me that I do have a purpose.
I think it has to do with bringing people hope.
If thoughts were letters and I had every sick, hurting, desperate, worried, hungry, sad, defeated person’s address it would say:
“You are going to get better. One day the pain will disappear and you’ll get rest. You won’t feel the hurt and frustration you feel now. You won’t be confused and desperate for answers to why this happened in the first place! The sun will rise and these dark clouds will go away—but that’s not without effort. You do your best, you do what you can and leave the rest up to God. If not for your health (because laughter truly is the best medicine), but for your sanity. You have to believe it will get better and it will, I promise! I’m not saying this because I’ve been there and I’m now on the other side. I’m telling you this because I haven’t yet and I’m still waiting. I will never stop hoping and believing that my miracle is going to pick me up and I’m going to fly away into all the dreams I’ve ever had. I will never, ever give up. You see? You’ll get there too. Even if it has to be in Heaven. One day the pain will disappear and you’ll get peace. Don’t worry, it will get better.”
I started this blog for a reason. I wanted a purpose. A way to turn my negative situation into a positive. A way to share what I’ve learned with others. A place where I could talk to other people about what it’s like living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I’m here because I want to talk not just about how it affects me physically, but emotionally as well. I’m here to talk about how RA affects me as a wife, as a someday mother, as a sister, as a daughter. And how having all this physical pain changes my perspective. …That’s the thing with people like me… I feel our illnesses don’t just affect our bodies, but our souls as well.
Here’s to changing our perspectives!
If you agree.. let me know. 😉