This is a very short blog about a tortoise in the slow lane. For many years (how does this happen? - we shouldn't blink!) I had a solitary discussion about arthritis:
(1) I was getting very old very fast. (I was 55) and everything hurt.
(2) My hips are in agony.
(3) My fingers and shoulders hurt all the time.
(4) My neck is so stiff that I can't turn my head. It hurts even when I don't try to turn it.
Most of my joint pain went away while I was "sleeping" that first couple of years. Then my hips were incredibly painful during walking - then it went away. My finger joints were worked on one at a time and have slowly stopped hurting, though still have some residual swelling, probably permanent, which I accept.
During the last couple of weeks, my neck pain has gone - poof! There is minor achiness, but nothing like past months and years. I can't help wondering if that is the main place, along with my brain, where these creatures have been hiding. I did spend up to twelve hours a day for twenty-eight years holding up my violin, which may also explain the shoulder aches that are gone. The "place of interest" seems now mainly to be my brain.
I have recently regained more feeling in my right leg (my bad one) than I ever thought I would, but my balance is off some, especially on Azithromycin days. My rueful saying is that except for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Monday is my worst day. Friday is usually a little better, gradually improving till Monday, when everything starts over. A very big thing is that, as I wrote before, when I look down I no longer go numb.
Last Sunday night, on the way to the barn, I told Richard that I had just noticed I felt that I was having a "glimmer" - or the closest I could get to one with a nonstop pulse. Of course it was over soon after that when I took my evening abx. I'm hoping it will happen again soon. This ended being longer than planned!