I regret the length of time between blog updates as of late. Typically, I like to post at least once per week, and I’ve generally maintained that schedule (give or take) since I started Reeftraveler in 2011. But in the past few weeks it seems I’ve been operating on Island Time. Toes in the water and…? Well, a little bit of that, but there’s also a more serious underlying reason.
If you’ve followed Reeftraveler for a while, you may remember my post about what it’s like to be a diver with rheumatoid arthritis. I wrote about the challenges of carrying and donning heavy gear, complete with 12 pounds of weight sitting around my hips. Then, add a wide, bulky camera rig (which I must grip continually underwater) to the gear roster, and I’m pushing my already painful (and somewhat dysfunctional) joints to their limit.
For the past two years, I’ve enjoyed a relatively healthy, stable period when it comes to dealing with the monster that is called rheumatoid arthritis. However, I’ve not been as fortunate during the past two-three months. I’ve had more dive-free days than I prefer, and gripping my camera has, at times, led to the inability to use my hands for a day or two. Some things that I treasure, like this blog, have had to take a backseat to my quest to get better.
The strange thing about rheumatoid arthritis is that one day you can wake up and feel great, and the next day you may have 4-5 joints aching like you are being stabbed repeatedly with a hot dagger. Things change very rapidly, and you must learn to deal with it.
So I am dealing with it, and I expect to continue diving and photographing for as long as possible. Even if it means doing it on Island Time.
Do you face physical challenges when it comes to diving or underwater photography? How have you learned to deal with it?