Maybe I was getting too cocky, too proud, thinking I had this whole RA thing down pat. I mean, after all, I've got the first year under my belt, I've become a whiz at giving myself injections, and I've been stomping around in heels again with nary a complaint from my wayward toe.
I guess I was beginning to feel like this RA thing was no match for me, right?
'HAHAHAHAHAHAHA,' laughs my RA maniacally. Not so fast, sweetie.
I thought I had made it through a crazy work conference that had me working all through the weekend, getting up early, going to bed late, and running all around the city in between. I thought I had made it through unscathed and that I was safe.
I woke up yesterday morning feeling like it was going to be a good day. Sure my joints were aching a little more than usual-but it was also an unreasonable 20 degrees outside. Sure, my finger joints were a little more swollen than they have been in a while-but surely it was the weather. I went to work, then went to an appointment. About half way through, I started to get that not so good feeling- you know, the peaked, slightly feverish, weak feeling like you are coming down with something.
By the time the appointment was over, I knew I was not well. By the time I got back to the office, I felt horrible-I had a slight fever, chills, my whole body ached, and I just felt positively awful-worse than I have in a long, long time. I don't think it could be the flu, since I had a flu shot, and it's not a cold or a stomach bug. I'm pretty sure it's just my RA, rearing its ugly little head to make sure I know I'm not the only one in control here. Needless to say, home I went, where I crawled into bed sufficiently humbled.
Today, the fever is gone, but I'm still positively weary and feeling pretty bad. I'll be making my way back to bed soon to rest a little more. I'm hoping that by tomorrow, I'll be back to normal, especially since I'm leaving to go to D.C. this weekend for the inauguration, and I'll need all my strength and reserves to be able to enjoy such a monumental event (I even have a ticket to one of the official balls!).
RA really is a monumental bitch.