“If aches and pains are like a light summer rain, arthritis is like a storm, and rheumatoid arthritis is like a hurricane.”
–from “Conquering Rheumatoid Arthritis”
by William Bensen, Wynn Bensen, and Martin H. Atkinson
What an elegant description!
Now, maybe this sentence didn’t stun you like it did me when I read it for the first time last night. I just sat there, breath caught, and contemplated it for a while. It’s … it’s … it’s … a perfectly elegant analogy for a rheumatoid arthritis flare.
For me, RA is the physical equivalent of monster-size clouds and gale-force winds; of slashing, drenching, merciless sideways rain that just goes on and on and on until …
suddenly, it’s gone. And the sun comes out.
And you’re left with the ruins.
When I look at my hands, I see hillocks between my knucklebones where valleys should be. The small, tough muscles feel turgid and feverish, and my skin, which has always been a perfect fit, has somehow shrunk a size. And yet, someone other than me looking at my hands probably wouldn’t see anything “off.” They’d just think I was, maybe, a bit of a hypochondriac. A drama queen.
The damned hurricane is invisible, too.
What an apt description. I have some of those hillocks, ok, one, but still one too many!
I agree. What a great description. Thanks so much for sharing! Hope your new freelance work is going well and the hands are doing better.
An invisible hurricane – what a perfect description! I’m lucky in usually having invisible drizzles I suppose – but my first flare was a hurricane for sure!
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such a perfect description.
I’ve been reading along here and there for a couple of months. Unfortunately I can relate to many a post but without it I wouldn’t have found your blog! The hurricane analogy is spot on.
Congrats on the writing and best wishes.