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November 8, 2016

My Week In Review!

What most individuals with rheumatoid arthritis will tell you is how unpredictable the disease is.  I’ve controlled my environment, lifestyle, and life in constant anticipation of the unpredictable nature of the disease, but it got me last week!  The temperature dropped causing my morning routine to be off due to stiffness and fatigue as well as additional stress over being late at work and not getting my morning walk in.  Things like this occasionally happen, but you must stay the course and move forward, both literally and figuratively!  

Given all of the above, I can’t believe the depletion of moisture in my skin that I experienced.  What I have been using was not doing the trick early in the week causing me to feel, rather reptilian.  Not feeling the best, I stopped at Target and rummaged through all their hydrating creams.  I came away with what I thought might/may/could meet my needs.  Who knew I would hit the mother load?  I am excited with the creams I purchased, but I’m real excited about the prices I paid for these products compared to the products that were no longer making the grade for me.  

Let’s clarify how I normally choose products, skin care and cosmetics.  When  any of the large department stores have promotional products with purchase of a certain amount spent in the beauty department, (different from free gift w/purchase) I jump all over them!  So I normally get to sample a variety of amazing products, and the two I purchased at Target, I believe fall in the same category.  

Cural Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is applied after a shower.  The moisturizer goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly.  It is fragrant free, is a deep moisturizer, and it left my skin hydrated.  Most importantly, this product delivers long-lasting relief from dry/cracked skin, a bargain for $10.99.  I also purchased a Gold Bond Ultimate firming neck & chest cream.  img_1438I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how much I love neck cream.  I started using the Natura Bisse Tensolift Neck Cream, a promotional product, and fell in love with it.  When I went to purchase this product, it sold for $199 for a 1.7 oz tube.  Needless to say I didn’t want to have my head examined, so I stopped using neck cream, until last week.  On a whim, I bought the Gold Bond, and boy am I glad.  It was a $9.99 for a 2.2 oz tube.  A lightweight fragrance free moisturizer that contains many of the ingredients that are present in more expensive neck creams.  

Last week’s minor setbacks gave me an opportunity to see what I’m made of.  I don’t miss a beat and strive to keep life as normal as possible when RA rears its ugly head!   

My Week In Pictures!

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November 1, 2016

Don’t Be Fooled!

Last night was an enjoyable evening walking around the neighborhood, looking at all the Halloween decorations, and enjoying another autumn evening.  Yet, this past weekend at the pharmacy and grocery store, I was visually overloaded with a not so subtle reminder that Christmas is around the corner, approximately 8 weeks away!  If that wasn’t a challenge to my balance, knowing that I only have one half of my Christmas cards written out, and I haven’t created my holiday season that I want to have!

Last year’s Christmas season started out as dismal as can be!  Early December I spent a few days in a hospital for pain management while awaiting my December 21st, right hip replacement.  I didn’t participate in any festive activities other than watching  Jeff gradually decorate our home.  He did a great job, yet I was not in the holiday spirit. 

I returned home from the surgery on December 24th, slept and awoke Christmas Day feeling great!  I won’t bore you with details of my holiday week, but let it be known that it was one of the nicest Christmases I’ve had in years.  From this I learned how the stresses of the holiday season may limit your  enjoyment of the most wonderful time of the year.   I hadn’t participated in any merrymaking, sent cards, nor purchase any presents.  I didn’t cook or bake and wasn’t in a position to worry about it!  Yet, it was a wonderful Christmas and New Year staying home and truly appreciating the magic of the season.

This brings me to the central point of today’s blog post. Today, I am healthier, then I have been in years, yet feel no need to resume holiday activities I so enjoyed prior to 2011.  It occurred to me that many of the holiday habitual activities, had little to do with the holiday, but were a result of radio and television advertisements that were creating meaning for everyday products specifically marketed to make ones holiday festive, not necessarily meaningful.  I would never pish-pish anyone’s desire to create a magical time of the year, but I learned, not by choice, that holidays are most meaningful when you feel great and are with the people you love most!  

Here are a few of the things I hope to do this holiday season:

-Don’t take on more than you can do.

-Don’t abandon healthy habits. (diet & exercise)

-Think about what’s worked on previous holidays and dismiss tedious/laborious activities.

I think you get the gist of what I’m trying to say, all the material trappings did not contribute to my wonderful Christmas.  What made my last Christmas so remarkable was my improved health, wonderful family and friends, and realistic expectations rather than what could or should be according to the hype and media that surrounds the holidays!

My Week in Pictures!

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