It seems that I’m one of those kind of people that does not understand moderation. After a few days of feeling pretty normal, in that I could walk about short distances without my leg brace, lift my arms HIGH ABOVE MY HEAD, and could get back to the business of getting stuff done. Well. I may have overdone it.
Perhaps it was the Blizzard Beach trip this week. Perhaps it was jumping back in to volunteering at Awana. Perhaps it was 6 loads of laundry on Thursday. Hard to tell. But on Thursday, I was walking down the hall, stepped down on my bad leg, and had SHOOTING PAIN THAT MADE ME WANT TO SAY REALLY REALLY BAD WORDS.
But I didn’t, because I was home alone with SIX impressionable children. I hobbled to get my leg brace, a Tramadol, and an ice pack. Not necessarily in that order.
YES, WE CAN HAVE POPCORN FOR LUNCH!
So now I’m back on my brace AND crutches. I called the various doctors that treat me, and they all agree that ice is my friend. Of course Fiddledaddy went straight to the internet, and the warning label on my Prednisone. It seems that one of the happy by products of Prednisone is that it sucks the calcium right out of your bones, and WHAT LUCK, at the same time I’ve gone off of dairy.
So, now I’m taking an extraordinary amount of Calcium supplements. And while I should be resting today, I took the children to their homeschool park day. Because another happy by-product of Prednisone in high doses, is THAT IT MAKES YOU CRAZY.
I’m not even kidding. In the last 2 days, I feel like I’ve been going to jump out of my skin. When I’m not abusing the box of lotion infused Puffs Tissues, that is. I knew that if I didn’t get me AND these children out of the house I was going to end up on the news. And not in a happy feel good kind of story.
I plan to hole myself up at home this weekend. Clutching a carton of Hagen Daz Mango Sorbet. WHICH HAS NO DAIRY. And btw, it is not self pity eating. It is self preservation.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I know that this diagnosis of R.A., the treatment, and my finding my way back to health is going to be a roller coaster ride. And I’m so grateful for you all joining me on it. 🙂
Your continuing words of encouragement and prayers have truly been sustaining me. And your comments are priceless and make me laugh. Have a fabulous weekend! I pinky swear I’ll be a good girl and stay put.