I’m sure some of you are upset with me for not posting IANS during the weekend. I am sorry. It wasn’t intentional. In fact, my erratic nature on this blog has not been out of laziness or lack of desire.
Firstly, I have not had a nanny for my kids in a while. The bulk of the housework falls on me. This was partly why I quit my old job because it required me going to the office regularly.
I am very picky with who cares for my kids. The last one came with a lot of drama, including jamming Kayla’s finger on the door. It was a mistake, though, but when it comes with other mistakes like leaving the little girl on her potty for nine hours or taking Zane out of the bathroom with soap still on his body, or forgetting to brush their teeth, then it’s time for a change.
I am not particularly in a hurry to get a new nanny. In fact, I’d rather have one that comes only thrice a week but none of the reputable agencies have such candidates. Anyways, if you have good nanny whose services you’re not in need of, please send her to me.
Asides that, last week was a bad one for me. I wasn’t even able to write anything because my left hand was totally incapacitated. Each time I worked, I used my right hand, so you can imagine the stress.
I suffer from arthritis. It’s not something I like to talk about because anytime I do, the reaction I get is ‘how old are you that you have arthritis?’ Some people even laugh. So I just keep quiet.
I was first diagnosed when I was fifteen or so, having suffered a lot of episodes of bone and joints pain. In fact, my dad used to blame me for the way I slept. My body can contort in weird ways, so he concluded I used to harm myself with the way I slept at night. Every morning I’d wake and crack my wrists; if I didn’t, I’d have intense pain in both arms all day. So my parents had a doctor friend look me up and she told me I had arthritis. She was baffled that I’d be experiencing such but maintained that the symptoms were the same with those who suffered the problem. She advised that I drink milk every day. Did I listen? Nope. I am lactose intolerant, like so many other people. But I wished I or my parents had taken her advise seriously. We were in that ‘God forbid!’ mood then.
Well, the issue didn’t stop. It continued and still plagues me. Two other doctors have told me the same thing. The last one who is an orthopedic told me flatly, ‘you have osteoarthritis’. He told me to always be on calcium and vitamin D. All through the years, I have suffered terrible pain in my bones and joints. Sometimes, it’s mild. Since March, I have been struggling with pain in my left big toe. Sometimes, walking is difficult. Jumping rope has helped so far. Other trouble spots are my right hip bone, my right knee and my left wrist, which started its own wahala towards the end of the week before last. The wrist had to be constantly tied. The pain always got worse at night. Sleep was a luxury. And then it would travel all the way to my shoulder and sometimes give me fever.
But on Thursday, it started easing up. I was able to type a few minutes at a time. Right now, all I feel is a little numb pain that comes and goes. The worst is over.
The good side of having arthritis? Nothing. The pain is fucking too much. When you crack your bones, you can literally feel them rubbing against each other because the cartilage between the joints are basically breaking down.
You can read more about it here
So yeah, no good side, unless the fact that I can predict the weather. I feel the rain in my bones long before it comes. So, I can tell you when it will rain.
I manage it with hot packs, hot water, calcium, vitamin D and strong pain killers.
I need your prayers, guys. It’s degenerative, meaning it would get worse with time. What scares me most is being unable to use my hands. What will I do if I can’t write? (weeping silently in a corner). so please pray for me.
Now, concerning It’s Another Saturday, I have been writing. Have a look:
As I always tell you, I’ll never leave nor forsake you.
And in that same vein, I’ll be bringing a new series from Olajumoke Omisore. She titles it ‘Girls’. I’ve read some of it and I know you’ll enjoy it.
Have a lovely week ahead. God bless you all.