Merry Christmas to all my Rheum friends!!!!
The holidays are a difficult time of year for some people. Weather, stress, shopping, crowds, meeting demands of work and family + having an autoimmune disease on top of that. Holy Cow Batman!!! Its a lot for anyone!!!!!! I am one of those crazy people who love Christmas! When I say love Christmas, I love it. I love all things about it. Love shopping. Love presents. Love baking (poorly I might add). I love gift giving. I love decorating. I love Christmas Trees. Ok, ok Suzanne….enough already right. What I don’t love is this darn RA flare that has been lingering on like a case of the flu. It just won’t go away!!!!!!
Its been a rather rough few weeks for us on top of the holidays. Our youngest, the cheerleader, has been dealing with a knee issue of which we are not sure how to treat. 4-5 months of knee pain that has taken us to her primary care, 2 orthopedic specialists, and physical therapy all without relief. We revisited her original orthopedic doctor who decided surgery was the best option. So on Tuesday we took her in for arthroscopic surgery on her knee. We had plans to spend a week in Orlando visiting Disney and old friends and family but quickly decided that wasn’t in the best interest of her for her knee and for myself, since the crowds will be extremely heavy and my immune system hasn’t been 100%. Reluctantly we decided to push our vacation back until Spring Break in March. So rather cancel any type of trip we decided to do sometime different – something both my daughter and myself could do without too much trouble. Christmas in the Smokey Mountains!
It was a wonderful trip in the mountains! Snow, and adventures! The best part was no video games, no cell phones…..just family time. We drove all around the mountains and would stop along the side of the road when we found something that we thought was neat. We brought a Christmas Tree and all the presents with us and decorated our hotel room complete with stockings, tree and presents. It was perfect!!!!! For me to see the joy and excitement on the kids faces when we got to snow – priceless!!! Now for some of you reading this chuckling to yourself – you must
remember…..we are Florida people….we don’t get snow. The kids have seen snow a total of twice now. Both times it was less then a few inches on the ground if that. So to see some snow accumulation where they could actually make a snowman ….well we were all excited!!!
This trip made me really see things clearly for a change. Life hasn’t been too easy for me with the way my RA has been treating me. It is so easy to get discouraged and frustrated and well….sick and tired of being sick and tired. Although the trip was great- even though I did have a pretty big hiccup while out in the woods (blog about that later), it made me see how much I need to make ME a priority. I get wrapped up in life and forget to take time for me to rest/recharge. Something as simple as catching the sunset….things like that. It is so important to take this “me” time to reflect, recharge and regroup.
As I stood and gazed out at the mountains, I am reminded of the beauty in this world. I am reminded by sound of silence in the mountains and how beautiful it is. I am reminded how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family. I am so thankful to have a husband to stand by my side and who advocates for me, with me and never gets tired of me when I am not able to do something because of my RA. I am thankful my kids have a good sense of humor and keep me laughing, even on the roughest days!
Christmas is a time for birth – of joy – of new beginnings. I felt like I was given the power to keep on fighting until I get my infusion. It was just what I needed. So this holiday season, take time for you. Take time to spend it with the people you love and who love you too. Family is so important!!!!
I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!