If you were looking for a post on Sunday, you may have noticed that there wasn’t one! The writing challenge gives me two days off without posts if needed, so I took one Sunday. I had the best intentions not to use my “free passes”, but I am fighting a sinus something and was pretty run down. I also usually have a few draft posts tucked away but this regular writing schedule has depleted my reserves.
I finished my “Conquering Clutter” track over at my Daily Challenge and and moved to “Exercise for Everyone”. I would have happily stayed with de-cluttering, but I do need to do some sort of exercise despite my foot. This track is especially nice since they are all seated exercises.
Next week is four doctor appointments in three days. One of my main goals is to talk about osteoarthritis with my rheumatologist. I’m getting tired of being told “it’s not RA” because I have an issue in my hands that is either not bilateral (both sides at once) or is a “joint where RA doesn’t happen”. Thanks to Deb at ABC’s of RA, I now know the term for the fingertip joint on my left pointer finger: distal interphalangeal joint. It has gotten to the point that this joint is stiff and painful all day- it is never not stiff and painful. I can type, but anything that requires gripping of that fingertip just doesn’t happen. (I hope you don’t mind me pinking your post Deb- it sums things up nicely and I’m going to show it to my doc!)
The place where my thumbs attach to my wrists are sore on both hands as well- using a cane daily only exacerbates this in the right wrist, but the left is actually the more painful (maybe because I use my left hand for mousing?). I really need to know what, if anything, I can do to manage the pain and stiffness. The RA symptoms (swollen hands) usually clears off after an hour or two every morning and my current meds seem to keep that manageable- it’s the stuff the meds aren’t touching that are really getting problematic. I also need to talk about my meds, since I think I’ve crossed the line from “occasional” to “chronic” heartburn and I need to address that in some way other than just popping Tums.
I may see if I can e-mail this to my doc ahead of time, or maybe just print it and bring it with me.