When RSD Joined Our Family
Not to go into too much detail, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) became a daily part of my life in 2010. Working in the Risk Management field, I knew when I heard those words that my life was about to change and not for the better. I pushed through the pain, the multiple surgeries, numerous bottles of medication and the ultimate decision to stop working. Even with all this going on within my own body I am still remain a husband, a father of 3, a son, a brother, a cousin and a friend to many.
My last day of work was April 27, 2012. The following Monday I went from being the breadwinner to Mr. Mom. What a challenge this has been trying to cope with RSD and keep the household functioning in the manner it was prior to developing this life altering condition. My wife had ran a tight ship with daily chores that were completed on a schedule that she had created.
I have tried numerous times to keep up with the simple tasks of food shopping, cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc. It is physically IMPOSSIBLE for me to stay on schedule.
It hurts mentally knowing that the new me…. moves slower, has to decline playing soccer with my son, puts a strain on my relationship. To know that my daughters only knows Daddy as being sick and to know I will never be the “old me”.
Embracing change is one of my biggest hurdles and it is VERY hard to accept and move on. It has been almost 5 years since RSD has joined our family, but WE are not going to let it get the best of us!!
What have you found to be your biggest hurdle since your diagnosis? What keeps you fighting? Please comment in the section below.