Grandad is waiting to have his hip replaced and we both hope it will improve his mobility and definitely reduce the pain he has. If someone knocks at the door I go as he just can't move quickly. Pain, constant pain. Arthritis is a pain.
Seconds Matter - Arthritis is a Pain.
What really drove it home was catching the bus with Bear this week. We saw the bus, Bear saw the bus, but seconds matter and Grandad can't run because he has arthritis in his hip. I put out my arm and Bear got all excited shouting "Bus! Bus!". Grandad was behind us doing his best to catch up, luckily the person at the bus stop didn't have their money ready and took ages to pay so we caught the bus, but Grandad was then in pain because it hurts to run.
The next day we took Bear to the park with his new bike. We stopped loads of times for Grandad to catch up but Bear is only two. He wanted to go fast, so we left Grandad on a bench and whizzed around the park again and again. Arthritis sucks. Grandad can't catch Bear and with a two year old seconds really do matter.
|View Towards Pen Y Fan from Fan Y Big in the Brecon Beacons|
We used to walk in the mountains. We walked miles and miles but we don't do that now. I think that is one of the hardest things to get to grips with as we both loved the freedom and peacefulness of being alone in the mountains.
Sadly arthritis doesn't just affect older people like Grandad. According to the NHS website over ten million people in the UK suffer from it. Eight million adults over the age of forty suffer from osteoarthritis, what Grandad has, but that means two million under forty suffer from arthritis and that includes children.
Premier Bathrooms have lots of innovative ideas to help those with arthritis they also manufacture stylish walk in showers and walk in baths. To support Seconds Matter they have made a short video of what it is really like to live everyday with arthritis.
They filmed twin brothers getting ready for work in the morning. One wore an arthritis suit to demonstrate how simple tasks like cleaning teeth or eating breakfast add minutes to the morning routine. The result was that he missed the bus, they could have filmed us! Every day people are struggling just to do the things that we take for granted.
It is a great campaign and if you wish to donate or have any questions about arthritis visit their website Seconds Matter. It is full of practical advice for those with arthritis and details how you can help.
*Disclosure - this is a collaborative post