wow, these posts are amazing...everyone seems to have the same thoughts,and experiences.
I too feel tired alll the time,and hurt all day long, and get the looks of your just lazy or over-dramatizing . I work as a cashier and sometimes my 'invisible inflammation' of my fingers make it difficult to pick up change or reciepts to give to customers. I just say "man my fingers aren't working today", and they just think I am fumbling or trying to rush and laugh it off. But what I mean is exactly what I am saying.....they wont work...they arent bending or are hurting to use. Also I had to help a customer get a propane tank, as we sell them where you bring in your old empty and trade for a new full one, and I said to the man "I will let you get it down off the shelf, as I cant its too heavy", he kinda gave me a dirty look like I was younger than him (I am 35 but still get I.D checks to see if I am 19). So I proceeded to tell him I have arthritis and it was too heavy for me to lift down....he just kinda gave me the 'blow off smile' and said something to the effect of ya arthritis hurts.....so I then told him YA and I have it in Every possible joint you can think of in my body and I am already hurting today so I didnt want to make my hands (and thought arms,wrists,shoulders, the list goes on and on) hurt more as I had to work till the store closed. It was only then after I was getting kinda frustrated at him that the little light went on in his head and he kinda went "oh..." and he told me he hoped I would have a good afternoon and feel better. I thanked him and went back into the store to deal with my next customer. Now mind ya I dont tell Every customer my problems, I just deal with them, but he was just making me mad because I was just trying to politely ask him to get his own propane down and he hit my last nerve that day.....
I try not to complain at home as it makes my sons (7 and 5) feel bad for me, and I dont think they should have to worry about their mom, its MY job to worry about THEM! So when they ask me to play and if I am hurting at that time I just sometimes tell them maybe later that I am 'busy' doing something...like last night I was eating my dinner so I said maybe later I was eating...but then when I was done my son asked me again...and I hate telling him I am sore but I had to fess up because i just couldnt use my fingers to play the game he wanted me to play. He was okay with it, but it kills me to have to tell him no.
I play with them dont get me wrong, most times I just play and deal with the extra pain cause its Totally worth it to see their happy smiles. But its heartbreaking when you have to tell your child you cant play with them, so I understand what others are posting.
OOPs my post is getting really long...sorry guess I needed to vent more than I thought....thanks for the support
hope you all have a good day ((gentle hugs))