I know I have physical limitations.
I cannot pick up my cat.
I cannot carry the ceramic dog bowls.
I sit on the floor and cannot get up…
Let me preface by saying I climbed today after work. YAY! I rock-climbed after almost two months! Serious YAY!!!!
I climbed two climbs. I sat down to put my shoes on for the third climb and I got stuck. I could not roll over and get up. I tried to use a floor anchor to pull myself up and ended up doing a somersault. It was very comical.
Red flashing lights: MONICA! YOU ARE DONE FOR THE NIGHT. DO NOT CLIMB ANYMORE! STOP! STOP! STOP!
If I am stuck on the floor and cannot get up on my own I should not climb. For that matter, I should not do anything at all.
The best course of action was to stop.
Instead, I decided to hop on the climb that I knew was well out of my range for the night. I might have actually said: “What is the worst that can happen?”
I did not complete the climb and I tweaked my hip and knee.
My doctor, my friends, and my dad always tell me I should take better care of myself. I get in trouble with my doctor because I know what the consequences are.
I amaze myself. Generally, I am a very calculated person. I never do anything without reason.
I go through periods when I am more careful than usual:
I only take the infusion once a month. If I flare up I can only increase the prednisone. That is not an option.
Everyone is sick. I stay away from them. I cannot afford to get sick.
I am having trouble getting out of bed. Let me rest today and nap a lot.
I go through periods when I do things I am not supposed to and I honestly have no good reason for it:
Maybe this time will be different.
Maybe I am daring my body to break down.
Maybe I am just angry.
When will I learn?
(Maybe I should start a “Dumb Sh*t Monica Does” Series…I definitely have enough material for that. Hah!)
Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.
Hey, I look at it like at least you got out there and tried. You did something, as I continue to sit in my bed day after day in unbearable chronic pain. Really, what do I have to lose? I should get out there and try to do that exact same stunt. Rock climbing, thanks for the idea. I hope you at least were having fun before you hurt yourself. I’m seriously going to give that rock climbing a try. Can’t be hurt much worse than I already am, so what the hell.:)
Hi, thank you for your comment!
I am a huge advocate for rock-climbing as a rehabilitation sport. It is very much like swimming in that when you do not push yourself there is very little pressure on your joints and muscles. It is great to keep you mobile without putting added damage on your system . It is also great because it does not require a lot of strength so it does not hurt as much as other sports can.