The sun was glorious today and it warmed up to about 50 - downright balmly for March in New England! My husband and I decided to get out and enjoy the weather with a walk. I suggested we do our "long" route, which is about 3 miles. My husband said "OK, but as soon as your feet start hurting, we're turning around," as my feet have hurt on nearly every walk, long or short, lately.
It turned out that my feet didn't start bothering me until after the 1/2 way point, so we kept on our way. By the end of the walk, I wasn't as achy as I had expected, considering that was the longest walk I'd taken in at least a month. Still, I needed to rest for a bit before going out to lunch, just to get my feet back to normal.
Since I started feeling the effects of being off the Arava, I've had to get back to this idea of balancing rest and activity. When I was in remission, I was in this sweet place where I could pretty much do whatever I wanted. Stand up baking cookies for 4 hours on end? Sounds great! Do 30 minutes on the bike in the morning, 20 minutes on the elliptical at lunch and walk around town at night? Sure, I'm young - let's do it!
These days are different. I'm still lucky enough to be able to get some exercise most every day, but it always needs to be followed by a rest. Like most RA-ers, I get frustrated by this sometimes. But I know that it's really the best thing for me, since if I push it, I'll pay for it.
So this got me thinking about the energy of kids. Take my 4-year old nephew who pratically bounces all the time. He may be an extreme example - but he is just a ball of energy. I usually try to get him to play Legos or Lincoln Logs to give me a bit of a break, but that only lasts so long. I try to play as long as I can because I feel bad about saying "I can't."
Here's what I'm wondering: if it frustrates me, a logical 29-year old woman, to have to take so many rests - how does a 2, 3, 4-year old deal with it? Does your child just get used to it because he/she grows up only knowing that? Or does he/she struggle? If so - do you feel guilty about your child's struggles? (Not saying you should feel guilty! I'm just wondering if you do... if I would... ??)