Posts tagged joint pain
Five Tips to Travel Smart

Traveling used to be traumatic for me. Everything from carrying luggage to sitting on a plane for extended hours. Whatever my travel time was, double that for my recovery time. I became so frustrated with the recuperation because it took away from quality time meant for family and friends. 

Of course, some of the fatigue and pain with traveling comes from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), an autoimmune condition that affects my energy and joints. My threshold for sitting in the same position or hauling a bag over my shoulder across the airport is comparatively low. But even still, traveling even to fun places (like Cancun for my honeymoon) felt tiring and burdensome.

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What I Didn't Know Was Hurting Me

Nursing school taught me how to take care of very sick people - urgent health problems requiring urgent responses.

What nursing school did not teach me was how to take care of myself. Sure, there were a few lectures about personal health and wellness. But honestly? I was working twelve hour shifts in the ICU, writing research papers, and cramming for exams.

So I tumbled out of nursing school smarter but a whole lot less balanced than when I entered it. About two years into my first nursing job I began to show it.

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