I woke up at 4:30am to catch a flight to NYC for a work meeting and lunch. I was super proud of myself because I made it to the airport by 6:15, carrying only a big bag with my laptop, notebook and wallet. This was nice because when I usually travel, dealing with multiple bags, some of which are quite heavy, can really screw with my shoulders and hips for a few days after.
Today was easy. Well…minus the fact that I got stuck in the security line in the middle of a group of Mormons returning from their mission. (No offense, Mormons). This one particular guy was determined to help me load my possessions on to the security line and I swear to God, I thought he was going to take my shoes off for me. He had no way of knowing that I have RA and that I am super sensitive when I perceive people are trying to help me of things I am perfectly capable of doing…but all I could think was DUDE! Too much talking too cheerfully too close to me at the crack of down and I know you can’t drink coffee but please back off until I get mine!!!! I feel bad even writing that…I know he was just trying to be cheerful and helpful but I have never been accused of being a morning person.
The meeting and lunch went great…well, the substance did. I’ve been recovering from a summer cold and I kinda hit the wall of tired around 1:30pm and started coughing again. When we got back to LGA at 2:45, I had the cough and now a headache. But my friend who used to be a flight attendant told me that congestion after flying isn’t abnormal. So fingers crossed.
It was interesting to compare the differences/similarities in how I felt with a small bag vs big heavy ones. I noticed that the more tired I got, the more I changed my walking posture. I started to have some hip pain…but now I’m not sure if that is due to RA or due to grossly unsupportive footwear. I know that when I have big bags, it’s much worse. But I’m curious now if the pain is due to a small flare or more due to just being tired? Who knows…I went to NY earlier this year with coworkers a week after a tetanus shot that sent me into a super flare. I’m happy that I was only a little sore and NOT having people worry about how bad I was walking!
My flight wasn’t supposed to leave until 5:05 and for once in my life, I was able to rebook on a much earlier flight. We wound up delayed an hour but I still got home much earlier than I would’ve.
And now…now I sleep the good sleep that comes when you are bone tired. I’m really curious how I feel tomorrow…