Today I want to share my experience with parenting while dealing with all the “arthritic” symptoms I’ve been experiencing (stiff, painful, tender joints). When I first developed symptoms in the spring of 2020, I thought I had carpal tunnel syndrome because the first thing I noticed was my fingers were stiff out of nowhere. Then over the next several months I started getting shoulder pain and the bottoms of the feet hurt to walk on. At that time, I was also very fatigued most the time and was even feeling slightly nauseous to the point I lost my appetite.
My daughter was 4 years old at that time and had no idea what was happening to me. I had no idea what was happening. She wanted to play with mommy but mommy was “always tired” and just wanted to lay on the couch all day and do nothing.
Fast-forward to the present. It’s over a year later and I still feel like I may only be halfway there – to being symptom-free. While I have regained my appetite and can walk a little better, to this very day my finger joints are too stiff to make a fist, my shoulders hurt very badly when I raise my arms to do my hair, and my wrists are unable to bend. My wrists and left ankle are swollen. The bottoms of my feet are tender and I feel unbalanced when I walk most the time.
Parenting has definitely been a challenge for me. My daughter is now 6 years old and has to help me open doors, bottles, jars, etc. Picking her up is nearly impossible. Homeschooling her can also be a challenge because holding her heavy workbooks and laptop is often painful for my hands and shoulders. When we take walks together, she has to walk extra slow so I can keep up with her. Putting her hair in a ponytail really hurts my fingers, as well.
My heart goes out to all the moms and dads out there who are experiencing similar symptoms (or any illness) and are parenting small children. I refuse to give up and I will not accept this as an “incurable” disease, but will continue to maintain faith in my full recovery. I know it’s possible because others have done it.
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