As most people with a chronic condition will tell you – there are good days, bad days, and days where things are manageable. In fact, the fluctuations in the day can be huge too. First thing in the morning is usually one of the worst times for people with AS, and I’m a stereotype on that front.
NASS realised this (what a surprise!), but they also realised that it’s not always easy to explain to someone how you’re feeling. Especially for us Brits. The correct response to the question “How are you?” is “Fine thanks.”
So they’ve made a set of wristbands in Red, Orange and Green so that you can wear a visual cue about how you’re feeling for those people who want to know but don’t want to intrude too much. But the thing that I really love about this idea is that anyone with a chronic condition (visible or invisible) can use them. In fact, anyone at all can wear them. It’s like a voluntary mood ring!
Don’t forget though, there’s more to an autoimmune disease than just a pain level. So if you see someone wearing their red band, it might not be because of pain. It could be fatigue, stiffness, or even just their general mood. But one thing’s for certain – I’m sure that they’d like a supportive smile, word or even hug if you’re close enough to them!