Proud & stubborn
... or at least that's what my husband calls me.
My 10 hour days/50 hour wks at work are knocking the stuffing out of me.
I drive a 16 seater minibus door to door collecting & assisting a diverse range of locals who, for whatever reason, are unable to use public transport.
By Thursday I'm on my knees, or at least I would be if they were less swollen, bent more and I could rise to standing afterwards :)
I'm riding a steroid high and beginning wk3 of Sulphasalazine. I don't notice any redness over joints but experience puffiness, soreness and heat and the end of a working day. Some days it can feel like I've over-done it at a gym. Tired, aching, sore and hot spots.
A positive connected to being at work and using a range of different movements throughout the day is that joints ease up. Work better. Move more freely. But there's a cost to that cometh the PM.
Mr Moving slowly suggests I work part time. Reduce my hours and workload. This appears to make logical sense until I remember how stiff and sore I feel when doing very little.
I guess I could say I'm afraid of seizing up altogether and while I'm still able to move around I should like to continue thank you very much :) Make the most of the opportunity to do so. Doing less, ie, part time, to me, feels like giving up and giving in.
It's at this point my husband rolls his eyes and jests that I'm too stubborn for my own good.
My workplace is great. Give me automatic buses to drive with power steering. (less knee & ankle bending with clutch change and control and shoulder/finger or grip use on steering) So while the equipment I use stresses my joints less,
the length of my working day and the amount of repetition of movements during 10 hours appears to be the culprit and so part time hours seem like a 'no brainer'
I think I'm afraid of the unknown. I anticipate I'll experience more stiffness if I do less. I'm not keen on that option.
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