Having realized that I’m probably never going to feel “normal” again, I decided that it’s time to quit waiting around to do stuff when I feel better. I’m definitely better than without treatment, and this might be as good as it gets. That’s a pretty depressing thought, but one I’m trying to come to grips with.
That being the case, I have all sorts of things that I’ve been using feeling crummy as an excuse to not do. No more. There’s work to be done and I need to do it whether I feel up to it or not.
Cherries are ripe (a month late, due to our strange weather). We’ve been picking for a week and the trees still look full.
Gardens = weeding. That makes my hands swell enough that I can’t open the gate when I’m done, but at least the weeds are pulled, which leads to healthier plants. I’ve been thinking of an analogy with mulch & ways to make RA better, so that will be a future post.
I discovered that the database I built for keeping track of my medical appointments/expenses needs quite a few modifications if I’m going to share it with anyone else. When I’m the only one using the database, it’s easy enough to make little changes whenever I want. If someone else uses it, I have to disable that option so someone doesn’t accidentally break the program. I’m working on those changes, now. My brother took a look at my program one day when he was visiting, and said that my records are probably more complete than my doctors! He’s mistaken, but they’re more complete than before I started keeping notes ;)
We sold two of the kids’ horses. That should keep the hay bill down this winter. I also bought a horse for myself. He promptly ran through the neighbor’s barbed-wire fence and got all cut up. Vet bill was $365 and I get to medicate the horse twice a day for a couple weeks.
Our textbooks for the coming school year started arriving. The younger boys grabbed their math books and asked if it would be okay to start now instead of waiting. Too bad they don’t feel the same way about composition!
We’ve been to a few baseball games, and that’s been a nice break. People give my husband tickets, so we’ve had great seats. Last time, my feet were killing me. The lounge was up on the top level, and our seats were down near the field. My husband recognized my waddling (which is what I call it when you’re limping on both sides) and let me sit there while he did all the running up and down for snacks.
I made it all the way through June with no doctor’s appointments! Three in July, and no more scheduled until November! It astonishes me that a few months between appointments has become such an event.
Life has been busy, and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. I’ll try to get one post a week up.
Thanks for checking in. Hope life is treating you well.