When you live with a chronic illness, you are no stranger to the often crazy-making, it-seems-like-a-full-time-job, far-from-fun-dance that is a necessary part of life.
*Huge sigh* You've just found out that you have another (stinkin') appointment! When you have RA, be prepared for the Appointment Tango – you'll want to master the steps that can be every bit as intricate as the real Tango.
Here are some tips to help you move more gracefully through a dance that will last your whole life.
Your calendar is your friend
I developed RA long before there were apps to keep me on schedule. There were no dings, nor pings, reminding me that I had an appointment with my doctor, rheumatologist, lab, x-ray, physical therapist, or occupational therapist, so I developed the habit of consulting my little black, green, red book. (Each year, I changed colors.)
Check the calendar on Sunday to see what appointments you have scheduled for that week. Then, daily, look to see what is on your calendar for the next day. This way you have a fail-proof way of making sure that you keep your appointments.
Click to continue reading Managing Your Appointments with RA on HealthCentral, where I address the following areas: Transportation, Coordination, Adjust Your Attitude with a Little More Altitude and The Visit.