Bilateral xray of a knee replacement is neat!
Been thinking a lot about my body this past week. Ups and downs abound. It's hard to stay positive when you're covered with surgery scars 12" long, or countless IV scars from monthly medications or emergency hospital stays.
I live my life with a looming sense of dread, knowing my shoulders are next to go, eaten away by the disease and one day to be replaced just like the knees and hips. And some day I will likely need finger and toe joints replaced too.
Right now the biggest hurdle I face is the rheumatoid is relatively quiet but my tendons and ligaments are suffering tremendously. I can feel the strength and mobility fading from my hands daily. It's harder to hold a pen to write or draw. Crafting isn't getting easier. I'm scared I'm going to lose my ability to create altogether some day. I do everything I can. Stretches, hot showers, ice packs etc. But it doesn't seem to do much. This is the nature of the beast that is autoimmune disease. It takes until there's nothing left.
Every day is an uphill battle to both stay strong physically and push through the pain, but also mentally. The toll this takes on your mind is absolutely indescribable.
Onward I go. Tomorrow may be better, it may be worse... every day is something different, and all I can do is try my hardest to make the best with what I've got!
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