Wet, wet, wet …

November 16, 2009 at 10:38 am | Posted in Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 8 Comments
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Ouch, ouch, ouch.

It rained all day on Friday, and I had to come home early from work because I was in a significant amount of pain and just not working effectively. It is entirely possible that teaching ‘the boss’ to crochet was not the best move for either my achy hands or our workload, but it was fun!

Ohoh, I thought, here comes a proper flare … then, curiously, in the evening I felt much better (even though it was still wet). The next day I woke up with one of my approximately five-monthly periods! I’ve said before that I often find I’m completely R.A. symptom free while menstruating, and sure enough I was almost symptom free over most of the weekend …apart from period backache of course … well, there’s always something.

It probably helped that we had a beautiful day yesterday, sunny, bright, deep blue autumnal sky, gentle breeze, trees clinging on to the last of their leaves, almost sparkling in a variety of fiery hues … lovely. (Why isn’t fiery spelled firey? Sorry, I have a tendency to go off on tangents like this … you may have noticed.)

Unfortunately it’s been pouring most of the night and it’s still pouring now … and I HURT! ‘The boss’ has a day off today so, as there are only the two of us, I ought to be here manning the (dead quiet) phones, just in case I miss something vital. Not sure how long I’ll stick it though! The problem is, the moment I do decide, ‘That’s it, I’ve had enough!’ and go home, I know some client will ring with something vital. (I even know which client … the same one that picks every single occasion when I’m away to find something urgent that needs doing!)

So I shall probably struggle manfully (womanfully, penguinfully?) on and just collapse these evening in front of some silly comedy on the telly or something. At least I know there is some silly comedy to collapse in front of. There’s Miranda at 8:30 – I’m still not sure about this. It’s only had one outing so far, last week, and it’s very old-fashioned Victoria Wood style humour, pretty basic gags, but the lead, Miranda Hart, is very good. Then there’s huge tracts of the wonderful ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ series to watch, as Hubby got the whole shebang from my bro for his birthday. It’s the series with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in the eponymous roles. (Not sure I’ve used eponymous correctly there, but it’s a great word, isn’t it?) It ran to four series and is ideal to watch when feeling ‘carp’. The script takes a few liberties with the original P G Wodehouse stories, but I rarely find it worries me, and Fry and Laurie have absolutely become Jeeves and Wooster for me, to the extent that when I read the original books I hear Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie’s voices in my head! (Hmm, afraid that last sentence makes me sound crackers, but never mind … I probably am.)

Right back to work … oh joy … Mantra for the day: “Me gusta mi trabajo, Me gusta mi trabajo, Me gusta mi trabajo…” (I like my work in Spanish … Hoping the mantra might a) help me learn Spanish, and b) convince me that me gusta mi trabajo! (I do … really I do … just not today!)



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  1. Me too with the menstrual cycle, Polly. Also get energy burst during and for a short while after. Hope you’re doing OK today! xfx

  2. You know what you need? A telephone answering service… *runs away and hides*

    Sorry to hear you’re feeling carp. Hooray for brothers who remember birthdays though!

  3. LOL!! Don’t mention the telephone answering service, Fawlty! Don’t think aforementioned client would be too chuffed at being put through to an answering service anyway!

    Urgh, I want to go home … Zzzzzzzzzzzzz……….

  4. I think I get a creativity burst – finished off three craft projects end of last week and over the weekend! Will try to remember to post some photos, especially of the bag I just finished, which I’m absurdly proud of!

  5. I’m exactly the opposite with my cycle. My joints feel like one touch could shatter them like glass when I’m menstruating (which is now, and I feel absolutely blah.)

    Jeeves and Wooster never fail to put me in a happy mood, no matter what. I just adore them. The books, too. They’re simply wonderful.

  6. I’d love to see Fry and Laurie as Jeeves and Wooster. I wonder if the series is available on DVD or iTunes? I’ll have to look…

    You’re tenacious and courageous, sticking it out at work in spite of the RA pain, Polly. Love your attitude. You never fail to inspire me. Which means … go, Wren. Go to the gym. Ignore the owies… just goooooo….

    Best to you, Polly. Hope you’re feeling better by morning.

  7. Well, at the risk of putting a dent in my halo, I came home a bit early today ’cause ‘the boss’ was away so she’ll never know … he he heee! (Except that I shall probably end up telling her tomorrow anyway ) Also, I’m no inspiration when it comes to getting exercise, that’s for sure! I’m in awe of you and Helen on that side of things!

    Fry and Laurie as Jeeves and Wooster really is great. Don’t know if it’s on iTunes but it’s certainly on DVD; however, it MIGHT not be on American format, not sure about that.

  8. Wren, you can buy them in American format – I’ve picked them up at our local library, and I’m pretty sure American and Canadian DVD players are the same region.

    It is definitely worth the extra effort to find them.

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