Life and work doesn’t seem to slow down and take notice of RA. It’s been a couple of weeks where keeping the head above water is a struggle. Two major reports due, teaching a class of smart graduate students, and preparing for a research presentation are causing my head to spin, work 12 plus hour days, and RA to raise its ugly head. While life goes on, RA doesn’t seem to take notice and give you a break. In fact, just the opposite happens. During times like this, the mental and physical stretching causes RA symptoms to multiply with more joint pain, increased fatigue, and lower sleep quality. Why can’t RA play nice!?
Focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel brings some hope coupled with the fact that my research presentation is in Florida next week…think sunshine, pools, good food, and palm trees. Of course, traveling across 3 time zones and staying in a new place brings it’s own set of RA-induced issues. Sometimes I wonder how or if this sort of increase in work pressure, even if it is not long term, can be maintained while battling RA. At least my RA treatments seem to be working to some degree for now and I have symptom checker medicines for pain and inflammation. I just have to keep from getting stretched too thin that I snap!
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