Osteoarthritis advice please!
Hi my name is Annette and I am 61 with Osteoarthritis of the hips. Until recently I think I have coped quite well, I am a teaching assistant and although the condition has slowly got worse it hasn't stopped me working! But since the Lockdown last year (I had 11 weeks not working) I think I have probably not helped myself in that I didn't move around enough, spent long periods sitting (reading, computer work) and living on my own spending far too much time alone which isn't good for mental wellbeing. I also had a dog that I lost in November last year which hasn't helped. I have been considering my options during the Summer Holidays, working less hours, early retirement unfortunately a lot depends on my financial situation which isn't good. I have had to apply for Universal Credit (as I work for an Agency and don't get paid during the school holidays) and I have applied for PIP a few days ago.
I really don't want to not work partly because of the money and partly because as I said above it isn't good for your wellbeing, but I have no idea what else I could do or if schools would even be prepared to still employ me if my mobility is affected which it is.
Apologies for this initial message being so long but I would very much appreciate any practical advice or reading other people's experiences. I am trying to do exercises and I even bought myself a pedal exerciser to use when I am sitting down for longer periods.