My mom usually feels helpless when it comes to Rita. She gets frustrated that she can't help and that I have my own battle to fight. A battle that is a day to day and varies greatly. One way she feels like she i s helping is by finding articles on the internet. I usually read them and scoff because they do not fully describe what we go through.
However, today that has changed. I did not scoff at this article she e-mailed me. I actually was ecstatic at the prospect of this doctor's work and personal struggles with Rheumatoid Arthritis. His name is Dr. Hamburger (yes, I envisioned the Hamburgalar stealing away our RA) and he practices Rheumatology on Long Island in New York. His father was inflicted with RA and that his father's struggles is what helped shape him as a doctor. In the article was a video and the video showed a RA suit. A suit that restricts joint movement and simulates our stiffness. Granted the suit did not simulate pain or swelling, it was a step in the right direction for people not afflicted with RA to get a small general view of our struggles. Hey, it's better than nothing if you ask me. It is a step in the "walk a mile in our shoes" direction.
Check out the link please and also watch the video. It shows a glimpse into my world and the world of all RA patients.
The link is here.
For those of you suffering the oppressive heat today, best of luck. It is supposed to get up to 106 in Raleigh with a heat index of 110. It is safe to say that I will be resting in my bat cave with ice packs and heating pad.