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Fighting a flare

I'm just returning to social media after going through a nasty Psoriotic Arthritis Flare. Thr thing was I could see it coming, and I knew what was happening but I failed to stop and put myself first. I kept going and going. I'm got stuck in a whirlwind of having too much going on and trying to spin the plates. Luckily I've got a really understanding GP and while I was seeing her for something different she spotted that I was not well. Her asking 'was I alright twice?' was enough to crack my shell.
So I took a month off work and rested and slept and rested. I'm now starting the upward journey but there's still a steep climb ahead. Oh the joy of a chronic condition, 2 steps up the hill and then you slide 3 back. Now it's time to concentrate on self care. #psorioticarthritis #ChronicIllness
#Flareup #Selfcare


University Day

It's off to university today for me. I'm studying for a part time masters while also working almost full time in the NHS. Uni days are always really enjoyable but tiring. Before my diagnosis I wouldn't have appreciated how much something as simple as being somewhere different would affect my condition. This is my third day at Uni and the biggest problem is my back. I don't have my specialist desk chair or my sit stand desk at Uni. 4 days in a normal chair and my back is feeling horrible. I also notice over the 3 days that my inflammation markers go up resulting in swelling to my hands and feet. Today we have a presentation assessment. I'm just hoping that my ILO is OK and I don't start coughing during it.
It's not all bad though, I get to spend 3 days with some lovely people and I've discovered even at 51 there's still lots to learn. This evening and tomorrow it will be important to be kind to myself. I'll need time to rest my mind and my body.

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