The things we used to take for granted

It is well understood that rheumatoid arthritis has a significant impact on the lives of those with this condition. While someone with RA may constantly be aware of the affect the disease has on his or her everyday life, there are also the little things that pop up now and again that we realize we once took for granted. One of our contributors, Leslie Rott, wrote an article about no longer being able to carry an umbrella while navigating the streets of New York City on a rainy day. So we decided to ask our Facebook Community to tell us what everyday things they can no longer take for granted. Over 160 people responded, and here’s what they shared:

I miss my hobbies

  • Writing
  • Holding a Book
  • Painting
  • Sketching
  • Typing
  • Using binoculars
  • Writing in cursive
  • Using scissors
  • Dancing
  • Playing instruments
  • Flying
  • Scuba diving
  • Playing on floor with my Grandson
  • Sewing and crafts
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Holding a camera
  • Holding the hymnal at church
  • Jumping
  • Holding a magazine up
  • Playing my guitar
  • Hand piecing quilts and knitting
  • Crochet
  • Sewing

Physical activities are no longer easy

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Walking up or down stairs
  • Standing
  • Sitting in the same position for too long
  • Exercising
  • Having sex
  • Going to the gym
  • Holding on to my dog's leash & going for walks
  • Holding someone you love for long periods of time

I even miss being able to do housework

  • Doing dishes
  • Cleaning the house
  • Ironing
  • Vacuuming
  • Laundry
  • Turning door knobs
  • Holding the phone
  • Turning on a lamp
  • Holding umbrella
  • Can't change my bed covers
  • Sweep
  • Mop
  • Scrubbing anything
  • Changing a light bulb
  • Doing yard work
  • Gardening
  • Changing a diaper
  • Dusting
  • Writing checks to pay bills

I can’t cook the way I used to

  • Cutting with knives
  • Peeling potatoes
  • Stirring things in a pot
  • Chopping food
  • Lifting the coffee pot to pour my coffee
  • Holding handle of fry pan
  • Stirring
  • Lifting a mug
  • Picking up a gallon milk
  • Pouring anything in a gallon jug
  • Opening a bag of chips
  • Cutting up a piece of steak
  • Picking up the teapot to pour a cup of tea,
  • Using a can opener
  • Using chopsticks
  • Opening a Jar

Getting ready to leave the house is a chore

  • Drying my hair
  • Taking a shower
  • Combing my hair
  • Putting on jewelry
  • Squeezing out toothpaste
  • Zipping and buttoning
  • Pressing my perfume bottle top
  • Pulling tights on
  • Getting dressed
  • Taking my medication out of its packet
  • Putting on eyeliner
  • Buttoning buttons
  • Making ponytails
  • Wear high heels
  • Taking a shower
  • Changing my clothes
  • Doing my kids’ hair
  • Putting on socks and shoes
  • Using Velcro
  • Wearing anything with zippers or buttons
  • Having a soak in the bath
  • Brushing my teeth
  • Trying to curl my hair

Even driving is more complicated

  • Turning the key in the car
  • Opening gas nozzle
  • Holding the steering wheel
  • Fastening a seatbelt
  • Opening car doors
  • Filling the car w gas
  • Driving
  • Washing the windows of the car
  • Turning the key in my car ignition
  • Riding my motorcycle
  • Going for a nice (long) drive


How about you? What tasks or activities can you no longer take for granted? Can you relate to our Facebook Community? Tell us in the comments!

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