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Extreme sledding with RA

Sunday, January 22, 2012

So lately I havent been myself. I've gained weight from taking Prednisone and have been trying to work it off--mostly by shoveling snow for the last week (@ home and @ work). emoticonMy RA has been flaring pretty bad for the last few weeks and my depression has set in (which is usual for this time of year due to the anniversary dates of my mom's and my brother's passing away). I'm also in the process of quitting smoking emoticon, so that has led to additional weight gain and I'm almost to my all time highest weight again. emoticon emoticonI've been sleeping alot when I'm not working. This has been my coping mechanism for awhile now........

So today my sister and brother and their kids invited me to go sledding emoticonIt took a little bit of self talk to convince myself to go--I didnt want to miss the opportunity to spend time with my family. emoticonAlthough, I had no intention of sledding--this hill had a pretty good slope to it. I thought I would visit with the family as the kids were sledding. The cold air felt good and it was great to be with everyone. Two of my cousins and their daughters also showed up, so that was an extra treat.....

Then it happened. One of my younger nieces wanted to be a "big girl" and go down the hill by herself. She did surprisingly well..at first. Everyone was visiting and watching the kids, and my "big girl" went down the hill and ending up sledding right towards a snow bank that was piled next to a rail (that was near some steps that the sledders used to get back up to go again). She had a lot of speed when she hit the rail and she flew in the air. emoticon

I didnt even see her hit the ground because before I knew it I was running towards her. My body just reacted. I gained enough momentum to slide down the hill on my butt to reach my niece faster. emoticon emoticonThank goodness she was alright. She was mostly scared. She hit the rail with her leg and it was sore and bruised, but all things considered, it could have been a lot worse. When I reached her, she was shocked and holding her breath. Her mom was right by my side telling her to breathe--when she finally caught her breath she said, "I dont wanna sled anymore, can we go home?" My poor sweetheart--she handled the situation like a big girl and I'm so proud of her--my little extreme sledder. emoticon

So, after that my sister and I decided it was time to go. (my sister and the kids spend the weekends with me) We went back to my house and checked out my niece a little better. We agreed to wait a little while and see how she felt before taking her to the hospital. While we waited, I put in a movie and made some hot cocoa. Fast forward a couple hours and she's back to running and jumping and her usual happy self. emoticon

Relief. Not just that my niece wasnt injured, but also in myself. Relief that I can trust my body in an emergency. Trust that I can rely on my body when it counts. Although my RA is flaring, I have a bum left knee (from an ACL tear from a basketball injury years ago), in addition to my obesity--I did it. I made it to my niece (faster than my younger, svelte sister). I'm sure it was adrenaline that got me to her so fast--I still did it emoticon Although I feel at my (almost) worst--I did my best when it was needed. For me, this was an awakening. I can feel my inner spark growing stronger. emoticonI'm feeling a little more like my usual self.

I didnt realize that I didnt believe in myself until tonight. But I realized that my weight isnt as much a barrier as I originally thought it was. That my RA isnt as big a disability as I thought it was. I realized that I CAN DO IT! To my fellow sparkers out there--thanks for believing in me even when I didn't. Your support is what has gotten me though the tough times but it's a new day. It's a new NANT406.

It's NANT406v.2 emoticonI'm inspired. I CAN DO IT! emoticon

The aftermath is that the adrenaline has worn off and I'm VERY sore now. I'm moving pretty slow but the relief is still there. The belief is still there.
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  • ANGRITTER
    I am so proud of you! It's the sign of a truly great mother and grandmother that you will sacrifice to get to your child to make sure they are okay. And sacrifice you did, so take it easy for a day or two until all the soreness goes away.

    I hope the inner spark burns all your doubts away. And that is a really traumatic way to find out that yes, you CAN do it, so lets not do that anymore!!

    Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family. I love that you sister and her children come to stay with you weekends - that is special family time!
    2836 days ago
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  • VISHYT
    Oh my gosh, you made me cry with this post- I'm so happy you believe in your body!! Big hugs to you and your adventurous niece. I hope you are weathering the grieving process and that your family are there for each other.

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    PS: Spark on back at ya!
    3088 days ago
  • DEERLADY45
    You can do it Reyna, emoticon emoticon Just do what you can..! If ya need anyone to connect with im hear my friend! i will say an extra prayer for you today and dont beat your self up for gainung! I know this all too well! Take your time Reyna and itll get better!! Remember True friends are the Greatest of blessings and i am hear for you and you are hear for me also ! I feel blessed for that!

    BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thinking Spring already!we would all feel better with spring!! emoticon
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  • MRS_TOAD
    emoticon You Did It! emoticon

    I'm so glad your niece is okay! Now it is time to take care of you with the same compassion and care you had for your niece. Feel better, dear SPal.
    3092 days ago
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    Yay, you did it!!!!
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    What a great feeling you must have to be able to come through when you really need to. I know, I've experienced that too, and it is so exhilarating to say the least! Hang in there and remember it's those baby steps that really count up and will get you to your goal. Yay!! That makes us believe in ourselves all the more, doesn't it?! We're all rooting for you to get feeling better! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3092 days ago
  • SCREWIE
    Great to hear that your niece wasn't injured, and great that your body served you right when you needed it. It's a great feeling :)
    3092 days ago
  • OJIBWEEQUAY
    What great reaction you have!!! I get the blues around this time also! its so helpful for you to go outside and get fresh air!!!! Go you! emoticon
    3092 days ago
  • ANNESYLVIA
    emoticon So, sorry you been feeling down. However, think how blessed you are to have family that invited you out and wants to stay at Aunite's house for a sleep over.
    You niece is very blessed too. Not just because of her injury not be dire but for having you for an aunt. I am also sorry it took this incident to help make you realize how amazing you are. GOD knows what HE is doing. Now it is your turn to thank HIM. emoticon
    WTG warrior woman!

    3093 days ago
  • DAWNFIRE72
    That is great that you found out what you can do and I am glad that it turned out well. I am also happy that no one needed the ER after sledding.

    I hope that the soreness wears off soon and that you continue to turn that little spark into a fire.
    3093 days ago
  • KIMMYWIZZIE1
    It's nice to know that you can do it if you have to. There have been times when I doubted it myself. What a great story and I'm glad you niece is OK!
    3093 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Very well done!! Its amazing what our bodies will do for us in an emergency! Its also pretty amazing all the crap they will put up with as well. Its hard enough to deal with the ravages of disease, but to treat your body poorly is the ultimate insult. I have had RA since age 6.5 and have has some 30 surgeries (not all related to it) and I treated my body with poor food choices and limited exercising. But I discovered good food and regular exercising actually made me feel better!
    Here is to finding your Spark and feeling better!
    PS. Use your Dr.'s, if you are in a flare, or its getting worse get on them to change/ increase your medications. With all the good medications they have out there now, there is no reason to suffer, and you don't want it to get out of control and suffer damages..
    Take care of you!
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    3093 days ago
  • JULIEANNCAN
    emoticon I'm so glad that you are believing in yourself now! I really hope that your niece is okay. I hope you feel better soon. Keep believing in yourself. You are worth it! emoticon
    3093 days ago
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