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One Day At A Time

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I'm quite sure some of you younger members who may read this blog will wonder exactly what I mean by "one day at a time." Sure, you understand getting tired, but usually a good night's sleep will take care of that. You can even relate to the sore muscles, etc. that may come from an especially long hike or an activity that used muscles you weren't used to using. But..... to face your life that way? It's hard to understand what it could really mean until you are face to face with it.

The last few days I have been feeling very good. Not much arthritis pain, and any I did experience was just a quick little jolt due to moving the wrong way. Some of you out there can relate to what I'm saying, because you are in the same shape as I am. I have been lucky for several days now that I have not had to use pain medication. Who wants to take pain prescriptions if they can avoid it? And you know that old saying "The more you exercise when you have arthritis, the less pain you will have." It's a wonderful saying, and probably true -- but tell that to the person who hurts so bad she can barely make it to the bathroom and back. She's not likely going to try walking a mile or two because you say she'll feel better. In fact, each step feels like you're going to do yourself in.

So, basically, when I say "one day at a time" I'm referring to those days when you do feel like you can take a few steps, and then a few more, until, like tonight I walked about 1.5 miles. I know I can't do it every day, but every day I can is one more day that I got my exercise in, and my arthritis will ease up a bit more. Sure some movements are not as easy as others, so do what you can. You don't have to look forward to a whole month of pain and misery -- only one day! There is always the chance that when the next day comes your body will be feeling a little better, it's happened to me, and it can happen to you. So all of you out there who suffer from arthritis, THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU! Every day is not going to be a killer. And every day is not going to be a walk in the park. But when you face them one day at a time, they're manageable.

And in the meantime, check with a nutritionist or someone who knows. Tumeric is very good for arthritis. I take two tablets each and every day, and I buy it at Sprouts and for the pain you suffer on those bad days, ask your doctor about Tramadol. It is a prescription, but it does not upset your stomach the way some pain relief does, such as ibuprofen. And now my dear son-in-law (almost) has me taking SAMe. I can't really say if it's doing much yet, but I'll give it a chance because it certainly isn't making me worse.

Force yourself out of bed. Laying in bed isn't going to make you feel any better, and your body needs to move around. If you don't feel a bit better after an hour, you can always lay down again (but chances are you'll feel a bit better, just by being up).

Heads Up! We can beat this! It's just another bump in the road.
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