My RA and My Grandson

I have raised my grandson since he was 2 or 3 weeks old.

We danced, wrestled, played, ran, climbed, swung, slid, etc.

How RA can change activity levels

Then about 8 years ago I was diagnosed with chronic moderate to severe RA. He was 3 then. Now he is 11 and he tells me he wishes that I was better so we could go back to being able to do all of that again.

It did not all go away at once, but here it is 8 years later and I am so tired. So sore. I just can't seem to even get my household chores done.

My grandson - soon to be my son(adopting soon) - helps a lot. I am proud of him.

I am in the middle of a bad flare. But, we do go to the beach, weather permitting. We play board games, talk, and I'm teaching him how to cook his favorite things.

He says now he feels like he is grown because I let him help by cooking and sometimes washing dishes.

But I still feel guilty not being able to be more active for him, like a simple game of catch.

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