People with many different relationships use small talk. The most common type of people to use small talk are those who do not know each other at all. It is also common for people who are only acquaintances, often called a “friend of a friend”, to use small talk. Although generally thought of as surface-level, small talk can be crucial when it comes to establishing connections and relationships. In the current Covid 19 “new world of communication ” in particular, the gift of small talk can greatly enhance a community enthusiast’s networking opportunity and use this platform for spreading awareness and sharing other related topics. Hence, I resorted to setting off these series on..

                          Arthritic Wellness: You & Me

Tune in for next small talk series…until then…

Not all of us can do great things…but we can do small things with great love…Mother Theresa.



Covid Times: Physical Movements through Household Chores with Arthritis

The ongoing COVID-19 situation has flipped my daily routine but has also had an unforeseen positive impact on my physical well-being mostly in terms of my mobility!

It’s not clear yet whether having arthritis makes you more susceptible. What we are told and you read it all over that – much like seasonal flu – older adults and people with autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions may be more likely to get seriously sick if they do become infected, so it’s important to take suitable precautions.

The main concern isn’t the virus itself, but secondary bacterial infection and other complications that may arise when your body’s defenses are in a weakened state.

Earlier I had a lot of outdoor mobility, my average step count is down by 90% by not commuting to work/ around my offices/ by not leaving my house as much as I might normally do by leading my normal life. The benefits of the passive house hold exercise we do in today’s times is not being realized.

With the onset of Covid  19 and being immunity compromised life has changed as I have started working from home. It’s frustrating not being able to go back to normal and see people. I’m generally at home, but it’s juxtaposed with the slight fear of having to go back when it doesn’t always feel safe. It’s not so much the arthritis, it’s the medications that I’m on that make me feel more vulnerable. My immune system is more compromised because of them, but no regrets as I have found a new side of me.

During lockdown I had do away with all outsourced house help after years and got into the daily grind myself. Was not too sure how long I could stretch but amazingly I have done well. Though household chores are not usually fun for anyone, they can be especially difficult for those suffering from arthritis pain. Cleaning and other chores can be hard on your joints as it requires bending, reaching and grabbing.

I have managed to stay active…by planning my daily chores. I look to these activities as various form of exercises…my daily quota of the required exercise and movement is done by default. So that’s a blessing in disguise!

I have managed to get my strength and flexibility exercises adapted from my normal home activities. I ask for help whenever I need it from my daughter or husband.

Although it may take some effort to create and adjust to new fitness routines, my regular household physical activity has helped me to positively optimize my health and well-being during the current coronavirus pandemic. Yes, the Covid 19 situation has led us to self-isolate and remain indoors as much as possible, however during this time, it is important that people living with arthritis continue to self-manage their condition in order to reduce any painful symptoms and stay positive.

Post COVID-19 there is a new thought process: When there is no clarity, maybe we need to just embrace the fact that we need to look at things differently, think differently and act differently.

Life is like riding a bicycle…to keep your balance …you must keep moving !…Albert Einstein


World Arthritis Week -15th Oct 2020


World Arthritis Week -WAW -2020 @ MEAF was a special week that unified people of all ages, races, and genders to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

Each year, thousands of people all around the world take to social media using the #WorldArthritisDay hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to celebrate the strength and determination of people with arthritis.

An excerpt from an article where Dr Humeira Badsha , consultant rheumatologist and board member of Middle East Arthritis Foundation, said: “Arthritis is surrounded by many misconceptions, one of them being that it affects only the elderly, which is far from true. Children as young as six months can suffer from arthritis. The lack of awareness about the disease is the first thing we need to overcome as a community. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of symptoms yet, therefore diagnosis and treatment get delayed.”

“Another challenge in treating patients with arthritis is access to rheumatologists which is again due to lack of awareness. For any bone or joint pain, a patient generally goes to a GP for treatment, instead of a rheumatologist, thereby delaying diagnosis and treatment,” she added.

If you think you may have arthritis? Learn about the most common warning signs. Information about symptoms, health and lifestyle habits will help determine the type of arthritis you have.

Out of my own personal experiences what  I can share is connecting with other people, being active, taking medications & having a healthy lifestyle, having a positive mindset and being in the moment has taken me through my RA journey and is still doing so!!!

Will be uploading some informative writeups, videos soon….

Until then be gentle with yourself…I guess you are doing your best…keep going…




Today is World Arthritis Day -12th Oct

Being Physically & Mentally Active Is The Best Medicine to manage Arthritis !

Keeping weight in check, strengthening muscles around the joints, doing stretching and flexibility exercises go a long way in keeping the joints healthy and pain-free.

Basically a day like World Arthritis Day aims to reach many people who aren’t familiar with arthritis and help redefine what the disease could mean to a person beyond most people’s stereotypical definition.

Setting sights on earlier care and having a much more personalized option for patients is the mission Also to provide a network for arthritis patients and care takers and and promote awareness events.

There are no quick fixes or fad diets that will resolve our symptoms arising from arthritis. Rather a multifactorial approach will place us in the best position to manage our own health.

For everyone ….wellbeing is a journey….the actual secret is committing to that journey and taking those small baby steps with a lot of positivity and conviction within ourselves………………

World Arthritis WEEK -1Oth OCTOBER 2020

World Arthritis Week (WAW) is a global awareness-raising week..

We would have a monthlong awareness campaign through the entire month of October.

Todays talks will be on Immuno Suppressants / Nutrition Talk & Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • The drugs work by suppressing a patient’s overactive immune system which attacks its human host. The current advice for patients is to continue their rheumatology treatments and this advice remains unchanged. Any patient thinking of changing or stopping their medication should discuss this with their rheumatologist as the benefits of remaining on therapy are still thought to outweigh the risks.
  • While the number of people with arthritis is growing, the need for accurate information on nutrition and exercise is as well. Following a healthy diet and physical activity recommendations is essential for treatment, to maintain quality of life, and may help with prevention.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss),  or AS, is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort.

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice!