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T.G.I.T: Thank God It’s Thanksgiving!

So tomorrow is Thanksgiving! 
But before you assume this is a #blessed #thankful I have Arthritis list 
because I’m an “RA Blogger,” please just stop right there. 
I mean, let’s be real here! Although I have accepted having to live my life with Arthritis and I’m grateful with how it’s shaped me… NO I will not be thankful for my Arthritis. Pssh!

Instead, I will do my own little version of 3 Thanksgiving RA hacks to get you through the holiday. 🙂
And before you think my hacks mundane, I will remind you unbelievers that it is important to learn from your mistakes.
……Particularly my mistakes that I’ve successfully made in just the last 24 hours of this                                                                                                                                       Thanksgiving…. 
1. Rest. Or better yet, take the day before Thanksgiving (today) off.
I’m so done with AMs…
So… Because I’m your standard overachiever, I went to sleep early last night (midnight) and set my alarm for this morning to 6:45am. It was the perfect time to be able to make myself breakfast and get in some much needed research for my upcoming speech before heading out at 9 to drop off my husband at work by 9:45am. Then I would come back home and finish allll my research and type up my outline by 12 to get ready and be out the door by 1 to get to class by 1:25. After class, I would go and “practice present” my speech till 6 and be right on time to pick up my dear husband at work at 7pm. We would then go home and have a nice low-key dinner in preparation for tomorrow’s high-key, fun-filled cook-a-thon.
Now, here’s where the plan went awry. By 5:45am I was awake and feeling some significant shoulder pain, but feeling completely self-satisfied that I woke up extra early. I proudly headed to the kitchen to make myself a nice breakfast which I quickly devoured. Now my gastroparesis got ahead of me and by 7 I had vomited at least 6 times. Still committed to bouncing back like the good overachiever I am I decided to rest for a little while and just read. Soon, my stomach ache turned into severe knee and shoulder pain with a severe headache to boot.     Ha! What was I thinking….?

2. Use those rubber-tipped tongs to get things out of reach. Or a husband or a friend or if all else fails, a light-weight miniature step stool. Anything, but nothing. 
See if you can spot the cookbook… -_-

This one actually happened last night, but I think it still counts. SO because I’m actually cooking for Thanksgiving, I needed my trusty cookbook. I normally keep it on the third shelf in my kitchen (because it just looks so decorative there! <–here’s the mistake

Well, right when I needed it most I was- of course- in the mood to cut corners so I bravely rose on my tippiest tip toes, lifted up my dominant right arm and carefully attempted to sneak it off the third shelf. Being 5’1” and more arrogant than agile, I scraped the bottom of the book with my finger tips when reaching just past the breaking point of my known-to-be-messed-up shoulder gave out on me just in time for my favorite cookbook to cartwheel off that retched third shelf and land a corner right on my head. Ouch. 
Now that I think about it…this probably contributed a little to my next morning headache and my late night-early morning shoulder pain which I eagerly treated with EXTRA heat.     ….Mistake??

3. Borrow some of your friends’ lightweight pots.
There’s my little stolen pot! Sorry mom! 😀
Now, for all of you cooking aficionados looking down your noses at me, hold your horses!
In my defense I do LOVE LOVE LOVE my treasured All-Clad pots and pans that my dear husband bought me 4 years ago at 60% off (deal of the century!). But this Thanksgiving, I’ve decided my precious All-Clad is not my friend. My trusty, even-temperatured, quick-heating, stainless steel pots would have to be left behind this Thanksgiving. Anticipating this problem in advance like I usually do (lies) I politely barged into my mom’s house a half mile away and rummaged her cabinets. There I found the perfect little light weight pot to test out my 1 and a half hour rice recipe. And so cute too! 
Ok so this wasn’t actually a mistake on my part. I had actually done something right for once! And right on time for my cook-a-thon tomorrow. 🙂
Now, If you’re questioning whether you should do this- or will- remember this:
 Thanksgiving food is easier to eat when you have your spoons. 😉
Not my turkey! Wish it was though…hehe

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody! 😀  

Remission Shoes

So I bought these shoes and dubbed them my Remission Shoes.” 
Since I got married I’ve been struggling with the thought of my future. What is going to happen to me? When will my body say, “Enough is enough. I can’t take this anymore?” How many years do I have left of being able to walk normally 3 out of 7 days a week? 10? 15? 
I talked to my husband Andres and expressed to him these feelings. You know what he said? He said to me, “I will never give up. I will never back down. I will never accept you as sick and say ‘Well, this is the way things are.’ I don’t accept it now, or ever. I will keep trying till the day you are in remission.
With that I say, forget this disease! Forget planning for the grim future and assume that we are going to be like this forever. There is no cure, but there is a possibility of a remission! There is a possibility that 2014 will be the year there’s a breakthrough. I choose to believe in that possibility. I choose to stay positive. I choose to hope. 

Moon Face

What I look like on Prednisone. HAHA!
Moon face’ is a common side effect of a medication called Prednisone- a very effective corticosteroid anti-inflammitory drug commonly used by people with breathing disorders, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, and allergic disorders. It is characterized by a swollen, round, often puffy-looking appearance in the cheeks of those who use it, resulting in the name.


Recently my doctor started me back on Prednisone. Half of me was thinking, “Oh great, here we go again and just in time for the holidays too…” but the truth is it does make me feel significantly better. I mean, I know in my head its worth feeling better, but the fact that I’ve looked like a chipmunk in the all the holiday pictures for the last 3 years does bother me a little. 
Often, people will ask me, “What happened to your face?” or “Did you know that your face is really swollen?” and I simply shrug and respond with “Yeahhh I’m aware, it’s the medication.” 
I mean, its hard! Especially when you know its going to be for an extended period of time. You feel self-conscious! It’s like all eyes are on you and you know that they know that something is off about your face, but they don’t know why. Although Arthritis can be classified as an invisible illness there definitely are times when it is very clearly visible and its easy to get depressed about it. 
You don’t feel like yourself and you just want to hide and not go to any of the Christmas dinners or New Year’s parties. I know I’ve felt like that a few times. 
I’ve felt ugly, and I didn’t want to go out or get my picture taken, but after hiding out alone in my room, I realized that that’s no way to live! I can’t waste Christmas time with my family just because I look a little funny. And if someone asks, I just explain it to them and make a joke about how I look like I have acorns stuffed in my cheeks or I ate one too many holiday-themed cookies

It’s ok to to be upset and I’m not saying you have to be happy about it, but sometimes we gotta learn to not take ourselves too seriously or let little things get in the way of us living our lives.
We just gotta say to ourselves, “This too shall pass and I am the cutest chipmunk in existence!” 🙂
That’s one thing that this illness has taught me over and over again…

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
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