6:45 AM: Alarm starts buzzing and gets a swift (albeit soft due to RA fingers) whack to the snooze button.
6:55 AM: Alarm buzzes again. Swift soft whack repeated.
6:59AM: Cat slinks into room, jumps on bed, and meows to say “for real, already, I NEED FOOD.”
7:05AM: Combination of alarm and needy cat avert whack to snooze button and I groggily rise and assess cat bowl situation. I catch myself walking gingerly because I’m not sure how my feet feel yet to see that there is plenty but she demands a top off. Occasionally, opening the lid of the container hurts. But what can I say…she’s a little diva.
7:10AM: Shower – problems opening shampoo and conditioner bottles which has influenced brands that I buy. Initial daily assessment of my aches and pains. 10 fingers, only 2 or 3 sore = success. 10 fingers, 8-10 hurting = bad mood. Same with toes, knees, shoulders,wrists although I only have 2 of the last three mentioned. Having 10 of the last three would not be bad mood but rather inevitable reality show stardom.
7:15AM: Hair drying, makeup application, clothing selection, longing glances back at the bed. Minor difficulties with sharpening eyeliner with little pencil sharpener, sometimes picking a different pair of pants or shirt depending on condition of fingers and tightness of buttons. Occasional difficulties on bad mood days with opening and squirting out toothpaste. On really really bad days, it hurts running my fingers through wet tangled hair. Thankfully, that hasn’t happened in quite awhile. Knock on wood.
7:30AM: Breakfast time. Usually soy yogurt. No difficulties here unless you consider the lack of variety of soy yogurt available in the Charlotte metro area a difficulty. (I would like flavors other than strawberry and blueberry and I hate fruit on the bottom. But that’s all I can ever find. In 3 different grocery stores.)
7:45AM: Time to head to work. Minor difficulties in locking both front and back door. When it’s cold, I can’t lock the deadbolt on the back so I lock the switch on the outer back door (which is actually more secure- found this out the day I locked myself out and a locksmith couldn’t get it open) and always difficult to turn the key in the deadbolt on the front.
7:55 8:05AM: Arrive at work. If I’m the first person there, opening this lock is always difficult. Luckily, I’m never the first one there.
8:00AM – 12:00PM: Meetings with clients, sales calls, admin work, conference calls. Occasional problems on bad mood days with the following: typing, assembling presentation handouts, sending emails on Blackberry, fatigue, walking long distances on client site tours. Minor difficulties every day with pulling and putting files up into tightly packed file cabinets, discomfort caused in knees by sitting in same position for too long, aching shoulders from sitting at desk.
12:00PM – 1PM: LUNCH. No difficulties here.
1PM- 5PM: Meetings with clients, sales calls, admin work, conference calls. Occasional problems on bad mood days with the following: typing, assembling presentation handouts, sending emails on Blackberry, fatigue, walking long distances on client site tours. Minor difficulties every day with pulling and putting files up into tightly packed file cabinets, discomfort caused in knees by sitting in same position for too long, aching shoulders from sitting at desk.
5PM- 6PM: End of day meetings/conference calls/ occasional networking events/ drive home. Occasional problems on bad mood days with peeling and sticking name tags on myself at networking events and also fatigue. Minor difficulties every day with unlocking front door.
6PM- 10PM: Dinner with friends, Happy Hour, dinner at home, gym, and other miscellaneous events. A lot of times, the gym gets cut. I’m most comfortable on the elliptical- good range of motion exercise for joints if you take it easy on resistance. Difficulties with grasping free weights- I’m learning how to use the machines. Still afraid to try classes. Minor difficulties with cooking- it’s uncomfortable to grasp a knife to cut, inability to exert force to open jars, nervous to lift heavy baking dishes in and out of oven with hot pad due to not feeling like I’m able to grasp baking pan as well with hot pad. Fatigue is an occasional problem with all above except Happy Hour. There is no fatigue in Happy Hour. (Said with same intonation that Tom Hanks uses in A League of Their Own when he says ‘there’s no crying in baseball.”)
10:15PM: Wash face, take meds. Minor difficulties opening pill bottles.
10PM: TV time in bed with feline. Occasional problems getting comfortable with shoulders and wrists depending on if/where cat chooses to lay on me. Occasionally discomfort caused by this makes sleeping impossible. End of day assessment of aches and pains.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
I’m a little sad that I can’t remember any other way now…
But I still feel very blessed.