Growing up in the Midwest and having grandparents who were farmers, country sayings have a way of sinking into one’s thinking. In late summer when the hay is dry, the farmers will cut it, rake it, and then gather it up, usually in bales. All of this work must be done while when it is not raining in order to avoid ruining the hay from mold.
This is how things sometimes work with RA. The past few weeks presented a series of symptoms that left me “under the weather”…increased joint pain, fatigue, lack of rest, etc. It’s one reason why there have been no posts to this blog for a few days. Then today, seemingly from nowhere, the sun was shining – literally and figuratively. After spending two days at a work related retreat on an island where marine fog and cold air hung around most of the time, the sun finally came out in full force during the ride back to the mainland via the ferry. By the time I arrived at home, the sky was powder blue and it felt like summer once again. Alongside this, a spurt of energy overtook me and I found myself taking a long walk for exercise (in spite of wondering if my right Achilles tendon is tearing again), attending a curriculum night at my son’s high school, going to dinner with my wife, stopping by the grocery store, and then writing this blog. Looking back at the day brings amazement to what was accomplished. Things are often like this with RA…you have to take advantage of the “nice weather” and make hay when you can.