Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Seconds Matter - World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day Rheumatoid Arthritis

For the last 10 years my Mother has been suffering the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis, it started off as just a pain in one wrist, but over time it has progressed without her body. Today both wrists are effected and one has completely fused up. You can see the swelling that has now distorted her entire wrist, and it is now just a matter of time before the second wrist ensues the same fate.

There are good days and there are bad days, the bad days at the height of a flare up are the worst kind of days, and on occasion it has left her completely bed ridden because her knees are now so badly effected. There has been talk of potentially needing a complete knee replacement in the not too distant future which is of course a worry, but also offers some level of hope.

I have witnessed first hand just how painful life can be living with Arthritis, it slows every day life right down. It stops you getting out and living the life you want to lead to the fullest potential, but it's not because she doesn't want to do these things, it's because she physically can't.

Premier Bathrooms are raising awareness for World Arthritis Day that falls on the 12th October 2016, in the form of the Premier Bathrooms Second's Matter Campaign. The likes of you and I take everyday tasks for-granted, simply brushing our teeth without giving it a second thought, but what if even brushing your teeth became a challenge?

So I ask you, what does a second mean to you? Seconds soon amount to minutes and hours. For someone with arthritis it could mean that the slower pace to the bus station, could inevitably make them miss the last bus home. 

Premier Bathrooms challenged Nick to wear an arthritis simulation suit, while his twin brother John carried out his daily duties as usual in order to demonstrate how an able-bodied person copes when their mobility is suddenly restricted and taken away from them.

You can see how Nick got on below.

I watched this video and could instantly feel it tugging on my heart strings, for me this is all a little bit too close to home. It's a reality that I watch and often feel helpless too. I can't physically do anything expect offer a helping hand, but of course there is the frustration to my Mother when she long's to be able to do it all for herself and simply cannot. 

It set my mind to thinking about a family walk we did back in 2011. I was 35 weeks pregnant and some how found myself taking part in a gorge walk somewhere in Cornwall. It took us up steep slopes and around rockfaces, and although I was almost ready to pop (Leo arrived 4 weeks later!) I spent the entire time worrying about her falling and really injuring herself. I spent the walk closely watching her and making sure she was alright, the irony was everyone was more worried about my and my baby bump! She managed it all though and I could see just how proud she was at the end of the walk, proud but in some serious pain.

Arthritis is a debilitating and cruel illness that inflicts pain and stops you right in your tracks. It's progressive and floods your body like a dam breaking it's banks. You can donate to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and seeing all of the amazing work that they carry out by clicking here

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