I don’t know about yours, but my RA is very picky. It has strong preferences of things that it likes (baths, ice cream, steamy massages) and definite dislikes. One of those dislikes used to be riding the subway. It made sense - the constant standing aggravated my toes, knees and hips, while holding onto poles put strain on my fingers, wrists and shoulders. I was always on the prowl for a seat, but even if I scored one, there was always the constant threat of someone else’s foot coming down on my own if the train came to a lurching halt, which it often did.
Because the grass is always
greener, traveling by car seemed like it would be luxurious in comparison-
getting to sit in a comfy, upholstered seat = no strain, no stress.
Turns out, my RA doesn’t like
driving either, or at least, it doesn’t like driving long distances, (which is unfortunately, because I do). I
found this out in no uncertain terms when I drove home to see my family the other
weekend. Sure, at first, everything felt
all cushy and cozy. But after
about 20 minutes, my arms started to get grumpy about having to be out in front
of me the whole time. When I tried to
let them hang off the steering wheel, my wrists got unhappy about the pull
being put on them from the weight of my arms. And then there were my hips -
particularly my right one since I use that foot to push the pedals. After about
30 minutes, both hips started to get that awful, chewy, creaky feeling like they
are made out of rusted, old metal pipes. From there it went from bad to worse as my toes decided they
don’t like the constant pressure of the pedal, my knees began to ache, and my
neck tensed up from holding my arms out in front of me. Suddenly, the idea of
standing up on a subway, all stretched out with my arms above me didn't sound
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised seeing as how sitting down for any length of time always stirs things up. Luckily, it’s easy enough to pull over to a gas station and get out and stretch- so what if I look a little strange doing my Jane Fonda in the middle of parking lot? Good thing, too, since tomorrow I’ll be doing it all over again for Thanksgiving!