RA, Fibromyalgia, & Teaching P.E.
Hello all, my story is simple: get up in the morning, try to get to the gym for workout, get coffee, get to school, set up equipment for lessons, teach 4 45 min. periods of 30-40 students at a time, 2 classes leave and 2 more are at the doors, ready to come in. 30 min. for lunch, get through the afternoon with more double classes, think about stopping at the store for a few groceries, get home, dinner, shower, visit from my beloved for an hour, say good night/good bye and head to bed, only to run through in my brain, everything that happened during the day. I have had many more flare-ups this year, because the specialists’ schedule has changed so dramatically with less time for lunch and breaks. It hurts, but I am trying hard to beef up my workout at the gym, before school. Why don’t I retire?? Well, I am going to try for one more year, for financial reasons. I hate the methotrexate, but I hate it worse if I don’t take it for one week. It makes me more nauseous. Oh yes, I’m also taking Gabapentin for my nerve pain from the spinal stenosis I have. I feel like a zombie at times, and I sometimes am amazed that my guy continues to stay with me. He is amazing, and us trying to educate himself about RA/Fibromyalgia. I feel overmedicated, but I don’t know what the alternative would be. It took a long time to be diagnosed; trips to ER with severely swollen knee, the wrist, then lips! I looked like Daisy Duck! Finally the diagnosis. I love my Rheumy. He cares about everything that could cause me stress, and we talk about solutions. Good luck to all, hang in there, and pray!
Do you feel guilty when you need to rest?