“Why don’t you find another way to get out of bed?”
I said it is difficult for me to get out of bed. Some mornings I have to “work” my joints into moving.
I do not even know how to respond to this comment. It is very specific but I know this person meant everything, in general.
Sometimes I cannot just throw my legs over the edge, sit up then stand.
Please, anyone out there, if you have another way of getting out of bed please tell me.
Maybe I could roll off the bed onto the floor. Theoretically I get out of bed. Then what? If I cannot rise from bed how in the world am I supposed to get off the floor?!
Not to mention, the roll would be difficult on my elbows.
This is the most absurd comment I have ever heard in response to my musings about RA.
I wake up with swelling in the mornings. Some mornings more than others.
If I cannot get out of bed I cannot get out of bed. End of story. There is no “other way”.
I face obstacles like this every day. Barriers that I cannot get around. These are not something I can overcome. They are boundaries.
Do not get me wrong. I have found many creative and interesting ways to get around these limitations but some things I cannot help.
- Using silverware
- Brushing my teeth
Looking at the list I realize for everything except for writing I have actually found ways to get around the conventional use.
This is the new reality.
Part Two contains my personal reaction.
Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.