Life with Arfur

An irreverent look at living with arthritis

About Me

I’m David Robinson. I’m 67 years old, a freelance writer and novelist.

I suffer from a number of health problems which, in my case, are all a factor of middle age. The worst is osteoarthritis, which now affects just about every joint in my body. It’s not so serious that I’m incapacitated, but it’s getting progressively worse. I also suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which gives me breathing difficulties and is largely down to years of heavy smoking. Finally, I’m type II diabetic. Years of indulging a sweet tooth coupled to excess weight, which is difficult to exercise away because of the arthritis and COPD.

Those are the problem. How do I combat them?

A lifetime of working on the move left me with an over-acidic stomach, so I struggle with meds like anti-inflammatories, which are the main control for arthritis. For COPD, I use an inhaler, for diabetes I take Metformin and watch what I eat.

My front line attack on these problems is humour. It would be all too easy to sit down, feel sorry for myself and do nothing, but I have never been a quitter. I am such stuff as idiots are made of. I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and even though I pass most of my time in pain, I still try to raise a chuckle.

And that’s what I want to do here. Help you to smile through my blogs and videos.

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And always remember:

I am not a doctor. I am not a nurse. I am not medically qualified at all (although some say I should be certified).

Everything you read or watch on these pages is down to me. It’s my way of dealing with things. The way I handle my health problems may not be any good for you, other than to make you smile.

If you suffer from arthritis, or you think it may be getting to you, see your doctor. He’s the man in the know.