When you live with a chronic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you may wish you could take a sick day every day. This is often not feasible if you wish to continue working. In my latest post at HealthCentral.com, you can read about my experience and some of the criteria you could use to determine whether you need/want to take a sick day.
Personal Day. Mental Health Day. Sick Day. When you work and have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), any one, or all of those titles might apply to your decision to take a day off work.
Working full, or even part-time, can challenge even the most able-bodied amongst us. Beyond the regular daily living tasks such as grocery shopping, food preparation, and all that is required for family time can eat of time and energy. However, throw in a diagnosis of RA, some heavy-duty medications, which come complete with side-effects, appointments with doctors, regular lab work, and the time required to maintain your joints and mobility with proper exercise, and your schedule (and you) may very well collapse.
Find out more on my post at HealthCentral.com: How to Judge When to Take a Sick Day with RA.
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