Now I Understand Why Military Families Are Broke!

Now I Understand Why Military Families Are Broke!

A friend recently sent me an article from The Atlantic titled “The Dismal Career Opportunities for Military Spouses,” and it really hit home! As a military wife, I have made sacrifice after sacrifice my husband Leston’s military career. We are a patriotic family, and I am proud of my husband’s commitment to his family, career, and country. But with the inconsistent nature of military life, my career has suffered. So much so that it leaves me, and many other military families, struggling to get by on one income.

Leaving NYC For Rural Kentucky

Frequent moves are just part of the military. It’s the only way to keep the family intact, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. I’m a true New Yorker. The subway was my primary mode of transportation, and I didn’t know how to drive—because I didn’t need to drive!

So, you can imagine the shock of learning that we would be stationed in rural Kentucky! No subways, no Uber, and barely any taxis, buses, or streetlights. Not to mention the restaurants, stores, and my career and social life. I left my job of 4 years and moved without even a slight job prospect. This was unsettling, to say the least!

I Got Lucky

Fortunately, I landed a budget analyst job, but most military spouses are not so lucky. Most jobs on-base pay minimum wage salaries. And while they won’t say it, most off-base employers won’t offer higher-paying jobs to military spouses as they are likely to move. Since most bases are in rural areas, there aren’t many off-base jobs to choose from in the first place.

As excited as you might be to land a low-wage job in the commissary, you earn just a little more than what it costs to bay the babysitter. Imagine working 40 hours a week to profit only a couple hundred dollars per month! This is why a staggering amount of military families are surviving off one household income. Like I said, I was lucky. But even with my luck, my Rheumatoid Arthritis is so debilitating at times that it makes it impossible to drive.

Finding My Own

Reading the article, I was thinking, “Oh, snap! This is why I gotta get my business rocking!” At some point, I may not have a job within three months of PCSing (moving to a new duty station). How can we survive and maintain our QUALITY of life without a second income? As you know, it’s hard for any family to survive on one income these days. So, imagine how much more difficult it is when you can’t stay with an organization long enough to establish your career and work your way up the career ladder. Thankfully, working for someone else isn’t the only option!

Entrepreneurship, for me, is not just about women’s empowerment and emancipation. It is still a way to support my family—especially my husband, who has endured FOUR deployments and sacrifices so much for us daily. And on days when my arthritis is flaring, I can work from home.

In the digital day and age we live in, it is possible to create a mobile career. If I can do it, so can you!

Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

It’s a chronic systemic inflammatory disease that is differentiated as persistent symmetric irritation of multiple peripheral joints. The disease leads to aggressive cartilage devastation and bony erosions. This disease is particular from the most common inflammatory rheumatic diseases. RA said to be a disease of the immune system. If someone has this disease, his or her immune system thinks that his own body tissues are dangerous viruses or bacteria. So, the antibodies attempt to hit them; however, the fact is that these tissues are healthy. They are the major ones that compose the joints; when it happens, a particular area where antibodies infected becomes relentlessly inflamed.

Facts and Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Many factors can cause Rheumatoid arthritis disease. Sometimes it becomes difficult for the doctors as well to tell their patients about the actual cause of the disease. Some of the most common factors and Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes are listed below:

While it is rather hard to even for the doctors to tell their patient what actually makes them contract the disease, the most common of all factors are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis causes progressive joint destruction.
  • Sometimes disability if not treated well.
  • The disorder occurs three times more frequently in females than in males.
  • It is prevalent around 1% within the underlying population of the United States.
  • The rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis more often during the fifth or sixth decade of life.
  • It’s a systemic autoimmune disease in which abnormal activation of T cells, B cells, and Innate immune effectors occurs.
  • The complex set of environmental and genetic factors does contribute to illness.

Even though the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unfamiliar, a complex set of genetic and environmental factors seems to cause illness inclination. Rheumatoid arthritis has been observed to become similar in numerous cultures and geographic regions across the globe. It’s supposed that the environmental exposures that provoke rheumatoid arthritis must be widely distributed.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid Arthritis means a disorder that severely affects joints. Its symptoms typically are joint pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, warmth, and decreased range of movement of the affected joints. This disease terribly disturbs your joints of hands, knee, fingers, hips, etc. People who have rheumatoid arthritis feel difficulties while movement, sleeping and they cannot move freely. They feel pain and stiffness in joints that create a hindrance for them in daily routine work.    

  • Paleness
  • Hunger loss
  • The range of movement is limited
  • Low-grade fever
  • Lack of feeling or burning sensations
  • Skin redness and inflammation
  • Hand and foot deformities
  • Swollen glands
  • Swellings under the skin – around and painless

Indeed, there are over 100 kinds of arthritis, the most common that is affecting a large number of people is osteoarthritis, “degenerative joint disease,” and rheumatoid arthritis. Other forms of rheumatic disease are lupus, gout, septic arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Different ways can help you to treat this disease along with medications. You must rest the joint and apply ice and heat. It is also good to lose weight and do exercise regularly. For example, doctors recommend drugs like ibuprofen and paracetamol (acetaminophen), and they may be used.

With early-stage diagnosis and determining treatment, many individuals can overcome it, and they can spend a better quality of life than if it’s not diagnosed for a long time. Treatments also comprise analgesics such as NSAIDs and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. However, consultation with your doctor is the right way that you must opt.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

If we talk about the diet, then its good to use fatty fish, salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, and other cold-water fish that are rich in omega -3 fatty acids. It may help to control inflammation, and you will feel better. Also, try to take fruits and vegetables, whole-grain food, peas and beans, nuts, and olive oil in your diet. These types of quality food will help you reduce inflammation in joints.