Drama queen

“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 rheumatoidhurricane-RA 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.

5 thoughts on “Drama queen

  1. 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.


  2. 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!


  3. 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.


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