At this time of year, most people look forward to the festive season, especially having time off to relax and spend time with family and friends.
I, too, am looking forward to rest and recreation this year’s end because 2013 will be a bit different for me.
For the first time in 8 years, I won’t be recovering from surgery to repair rheumatoid-arthritis-damaged joints, or to reduce pain or deformity or improve function.
No hands, fingers, toes or feet are going under the knife.
No procedures to remove pesky nodules that sprouted up a year or so after they were last removed.
No rehabilitation sessions with the physiotherapist or hand therapist to regain or improve range of movement.
No x-rays to be taken, plastic bags to be worn when showering or multiples of stitches to be removed.
This year Arthur and I are on Operation Holiday.
Mostly because my hand surgeon said, that after 3 surgeries in a row, he didn’t want to see me again this Christmas.
He was only half-joking so I took his advice and I’m trying instead the “ignore them and they’ll go away” approach to my nodules.
You never know, it could work.
It’s not that I’m a surgery addict it just happens that when I moved to Brisbane, I gained better access to specialist surgeons, doctors and associated health professionals.
My arrival in the big city also coincided with 30 years of arthritic wear and tear that could do with seeing to, and having a job that afforded me to have 6 weeks leave when needed.
And at the same time my “nurse”, Mum, retired with Dad so she was available to supervise my recovery.
But this year the only recovering I plan on doing is after a huge Christmas lunch.
I hope your festive season is also full – full of great company, happiness, health and good cheer.