I have hurt moderately for the biggest part of this week. I am reluctant to type that after reading about other RAer's condition's and having just lost a really good friend at work last week to a heart attack in her sleep.
My pain is very real and this morning as I limped from the car to the front door, my feet hurt so bad, I dreaded each step as I was about to put weight down on them. My hips have been bothering me a little more than normal and my hands have been more swollen and stiff than usual. All of this comes after working my normal 12 hour shift.
Again, I almost feel guilty talking about the pain because I have read about so many RA patients who have had to go on disability because they can not work any more. I am stuck in the middle, I have had fellow RAer's tell me they wish that they could work again and then, on the other hand, I have actually had healthy people at work tell me, "I wish I had what you do (funny thing about our disease ... we don't look sick to most people), I would quit work and draw disability".
Odd situation, to be stuck in the middle in pain, yet be envied by both sides. I am starting my Orencia injections in two weeks and hope that a switch in medicine will improve my pain and energy level.
On the upside of the week, I get my truck back tomorrow from the body shop. I have missed my truck much more than I thought I would, it is so much easier to get in and out of than the car is. I have been having $6000 worth of hail damage repaired. Yes, $6000. Tennis and baseball sized hail with rotation from a tornado that did not touch down, but beat the living crap out of my truck. The plant that I work at had 228 skylights in the warehouse and 17 plate glass windows in the offices broke out that night. For a few moments, I literally thought those of us at work that night might die. It was one of the scariest storm experiences I have been through so far. We thought the roof was being pulled off of the building and in places it really had been pulled back.