I went swimming yesterday and felt so fantastic. I was reluctant to go as it's a public swimming pool and the last time I went there (about 4 years ago) there was one main pool. After lots of indecision I went and so glad I did. If you suffer from R.A swimming is most definitely the best form of excercise. I loved the fact that the water was supporting my body and it didn't hurt!!!! The baths had been revamped and had a log flume, smaller pool and even a jacuzzi and sauna!!! First thing I did was go on the log flume as I love anything like that. Although it was a bit tricky getting down onto my bottom but it was great fun when I did.
I stayed in the smaller kids pool, I prefer to just swim anyway I like and get bored going up and down the same swimming lane which is why I stayed where I did. I swam about like a little child paddling for the first time. I was doing breaststroke and found it quite easy to do. Another good thing was that the cost for disabled people is £2.20 instead of £3.70 so this is going to be affordable for me to do on a regular basis. As with most new things my head ran away with itself and I started trying to organise coming 3 times per week and bringing a friend with me. However from past experience I know I was running away with myself a bit so decided to try once a week for now, which is more likely for me to stick to if it's managable.
We came home and I felt sooo much better totally revistalised. This morning was a different story and parts of my body ached from using muscles for the first time in a LONG time. Still I am glad I did it. I went to bed at 2am as I am a bit of a night owl so on weekends like to stay up late watching trashy tv. I awoke at 1.30pm feeling like I haven't even slept for an hour. This is normal for me at the moment, I am soooo tired even when I wake up. I am starting to wonder if I may have thyroid problems. I recently went to the doctors and spoke about my weight gain and he gave me a blood test form to test my thyroid. So I have a check on the net today and would seem I have many symptoms similar to hypothyroidism like fatigue, flaky scalp, hair loss (though not major) and weight gain. I am going to book an appointment with nurse tomorrow to get some bloods done. I am panicking a bit about it but it would actually be a relief to find out these symptoms had an actual medical cause.
My joints hurt today, I am coming down off predinislone (steroids) slowly but still having flare-ups. I decided to pull my old book out the bookshelf. It's called Margaret Hills 'Treating Arthritis' She was a sufferer of R.A that found a cure through diet and went on to open a clinic and cure thousands of people. She is no longer alive but her daughter runs the clinic. I feel a bit of a failure that I didn't manage to stick to the diet and only lasted 3 months but it involved drinking cider vinegar 3 times a day.
I am getting desperate though. I don't want to waste my life sitting around watching tv, I want to start a family at some point. BUT food is such a huge source of comfort and relief for me that it feels very bizarre to stop doing the one thing I really enjoy in life which is eat food that I enjoy. Having RA it's one of the only comforts I have is to munch on a delicious jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw. I have never been that good a disciplining myself when it comes to food. I seem to thing I 'deserve' something naughty but nice too much. Or I deprive myself which then leads to bad habits.
But I need to do it this time. My partner has promised me he will pay for me to live in Barcelona for 3 months. (I lived and studied there years ago and am in love with this place) I have every incentive I need BUT I know what I am like. I will try very hard I know but the diet has to be taken for about 2 years. This is my last hope I feel.
Now I am going for a small stroll in the woods to clear my head of these headaches I have been having. Bye for now.
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