Monday, 31 May 2010

Arthur the Killjoy.

Ever feel that someone out there has got it in for you? No, I’m not talking about the kind of paranoia which makes you put extra bolts on your front door and cover your TV in tinfoil (I don’t think I could help you with that anyhow!). I mean the way that EVERY TIME I make plans to go out on the town some joint or other will swell up beyond all recognition.

Take tonight for example – I am supposed to be going out for a meal and a few drinks with the boyfriend, my friend and her husband and as if by magic, I woke up this morning with what looked like localized elephantiasis. My right knee has quadrupled in size.

As I’m sure all you chickadees can appreciate, I’m pretty pissed off! But the question is; do I let Arthur win? Do I sit in and let him make me watch crap TV and feel even more miffed ‘cause I know I’m missing out?


Instead I’m going to put on my glad rags, paint my nails and head on into the city. I’m not advocating alcoholism by any stretch  of the imagination, but an extra glass of wine or three will help the evening float along painlessly! Then again, I’m one of the lucky ones. ‘Hangover’ is not part of my vocabulary – unlike my poor boyfriend who has only got to have one sip too many and it’s hurl city!

Rule numero uno to be a smart girl with arthritis (we’ll call it SGWA for short):- Never EVER let Arthur stop you from doing exactly as you please.

'Til next time!!! ;-)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Why, hello!

I’m sure it will show so I may as well tell you now, I’m a virgin. I have never blogged before! So here I am trying to lose that blogging cherry. I’m going to make it easy on myself though. I’m not going to try to be witty, or think of astoundingly clever things to say. No, I’m going to tell you a little about me and why I think you might find my humble blog of interest.

I’m 23 years old and I live in the city. I have a boyfriend. I’m and English student (well I will again be when i go back to Uni in October after my much needed year out!). I have arthritis.

Hence the year out – study and a hip replacement don’t exactly mesh!

The World Wide Web has somewhat failed me over the years. I’ve “googled” many questions, queries and concerns and got nowhere. No one out there wants to give a honest and open account of what it is to live with Arthritis, and consequently all you get is forums full of sixty-somethings whining about their “touch of rheumatism” and complaining that the doctors wont mend their creaky knee and it leaves you thinking; “what the hell! I’m only 23 – you’ve had your youth already, now GET OVER IT!” Now i know that sounds a little callous – a touch harsh. But come on! They complain about what they can’t do, while forgetting that some people have NEVER been able to do it. I have arthritis in every joint, and am rather disabled with it. BUT, and it’s a big BUT, my life, most of the time is pretty damn good. And i wanna tell all you good folk out there reading my blog about how ‘normal’ we can be – even if Arthur is being a right royal pain in the (insert joint name here). Sometimes I may not even mention him – other times I might feel like a good old rant. Feel free though to leave me any questions or comments, i might even decide to use the answer/response as the topic for my next blog!

‘Til next time!!! ;-)