Last night was our first meeting, and I barely made it. Friday I was in terrible pain at work. I slogged through what absolutely had to be done (classes started today, so I was publishing courses), then rescheduled or reassigned everything else. I went home and huddled in bed with a heating pad and slept for a few hours. Saturday was better but still heating-pad-centric. Sunday I picked up a low-grade fever. I can’t say for sure, but I think my cramps actually triggered a flare. One way or the other, I was run down, blah, and despite napping almost every day super tired.
I felt somewhat better Monday so I dragged myself into work. Thankfully, it wasn’t a bad start-of-term, and I was feeling better in the afternoon. We started the group by filling out a batch of paperwork, and then my rheumatologist gave some medical background on RA for the group. We all introduced ourselves and the group leaders explained the format. This all lasted about an hour and a half (they had snacks, which I appreciated- I nibbled on fruit) and then we were assigned our FitBits.
The group is small but a nice mix- I’ve considered group therapy before but usually the schedule didn’t work with mine. I admit to being a bit of an emotional wreck afterwards; it was a really long day. I charged my FitBit and installed the software, and will do the same at work so I can sync it during the day. It will take me a while to work out all the settings, but our goal for this week is just to wear it. I am very interested in the sleep tracking feature (we have the Flex) but was kind of glad I wasn’t wearing it last night since I was up every two hours.
I am really hoping for some positive gains from the group, if only to keep me focused and mindful. Exercise is my weak area right now, and I’ve been pretty dispirited with the GI issues. I will see my GI the first week in June, so I have a couple weeks to adjust to the new programme. I also have a bank holiday coming up, and it will be nice to have a long weekend with the hubby.