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The Joy and Pain in These Hands Affected By Arthritis

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Every morning, just before I open my eyes, I do a scan of how my body is feeling in this restful moment. Most days, it’s the pain that wakes me, but on an exceedingly rare day, I will wake first but know the challenges are just awaiting me.

Today was one of those mornings. I felt the dog jump onto the bed before my focus was snatched away with the pain. Today, after doing too much yesterday, my body was mad — actually, it felt outraged.

As I took my hands and pulled back my bedding, I clenched my teeth from the pain from the arthritis in my hands. I had to stop myself right there because I was starting to feel sullen.

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