Thursday, June 12, 2008

Arthritis Sucks

Learning to live with rheumatoid arthritis is an ongoing journey that I did not sign up for. But lets face it, no one signs up for any disease and quite frankly there are people with a lot worse problems than I have. So I try to keep to myself about when I hurt, or when I am just so tired I can hardly put one foot in front of the other or even something as simple as when I put on my socks and shoes every day.
Even I had a bit of a scare this week though. Two of my medicines for RA, Methotrexate and Enbrel, have sensitivity to sun as one of a long list of side effects. I have been taking these 2 medicines for 4 years and have had no problems working in the yard before... that is all about to change. I got off of work thursday morning and after going to eat breakfast with my daughter, went up to my father-in-laws to mow his yard for him. His yard is 3 acres so it takes a while even on a 48" cut riding mower. It was hot so I follow my normal routine of taking a break about every 40 minutes to cool down completely before going back to resume mowing. It took me a considerably longer amount of time cooling down and consuming 100 ounces of water, but at least I am doing it safely.
I get up Friday and go out to mow my yard, also 3 acres, at a little after 2 pm. I follow the same routine as the day before and I finish my yard at 6:45 pm. I go in and take a shower and rest while my wife is preparing dinner. At around 10 pm I am getting extremely chilled and I cover on the couch. As I sitting on the couch convincing myself that I cannot be coming down with the flu in June, my muscles start drawing up tighter, then I realize ... I have heat exhaustion. I continue to drink a lot of water the rest of the night before going to bed.
I get up saturday to find I am in no better shape so after my wife convinces me that I cannot go to work in this condition, I call in. I hate to call in sick, this is the first day I have called in this year. Through all of 2007 I called in one day also. Back to my story, I go back to bed and after getting up the second time saturday... I still fell like crap! I lay around resting and consuming 90 ounces of water saturday before retiring to bed. I get up and go to work sunday and feel a little better only to find a new problem... blood in my urine. After I get off of work sunday (I work nights) I go to my gp doctor and he immediately sends me to the emergency room after conferring with the doctor on call at er that day. They both believe my kidneys are shutting down. After several blood tests, urine tests, an ekg and iv fluids, the er doctor allows me to go home with some stern instructions.
So for this week, at least, I have been living like a king. Plenty of rest, I cannot go back to work for 4 days, no sun so my daughter is mowing for me this week. Well, this part of it is ok after all. I needed a vacation from work, I just didn't plan on taking part of my vacation to stay inside my house all week.
Another lesson lived, learned and stored for future reference with my RA.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Racing

My name is Terry and although I no longer race enduros and hare scrambles, I still trail ride whenever my body allows me to. I was diagnosed with Rhuematoid Arthritis in 2004. One of the things I have learned is to take the good days when you get them and more importantly do not fight the bad days. As I have gotten older I have learned the following:
1) family is more important that any trophy
2) never pass up a porta potty before a race starts
3) you will meet some of the best prople and make true friendships that will extend way beyond your racing days
4) the uglier, more hideous the trophy, the more you want to win it
With that said, here is a quick recap of 12 years of my life that I raced.

First race: 1977 John Zink Ranch
Trophies won: 47
Broken bones: 14
Favorite bone to break:tie between right ankle (broken twice 1" apart) and collar bone (broke left and right side)
Worst race: Lawrence KS 1985 - drove 340 miles to race to the first check (about 6 miles) where the County Sherriff shut the race down due to lack of a permit by the club to use approx 100 yards of a county dirt road to get to the other side of the trail.
Best race: John Zink 1988 spring race- I won the overall.
National Events ridden: 7
Number of states raced in: 8
Coolest thing witnessed: IFMA freestyle event or ISDE in 94 at John Zink Ranch.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues to overlook great bands year after year. Artists become eligible for induction in that category 25 years after the release of their first recording. In order to be inducted, an artist must be nominated by a committee that selects anywhere from nine to a dozen candidates. Ballots are then sent to 500 "rock experts" who evaluate the candidates and vote on who should be inducted. The performers that receive the highest number of votes and more than 50 percent of the vote are inducted.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has garnered criticism for allegedly allowing the nomination process to be controlled by a few individuals. The Sex Pistols, who were inducted in 2006, refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum a "piss stain."
Below are some of the ones I have personally listened to for many years and feel should be there.

• Alice Cooper
• Bachman Turner Overdrive
• Grand Funk Railroad
• Heart
• Deep Purple
• Judas Priest
• Boston
• Humble Pie
• Yes
• KISS
• Three Dog Night
• Chicago

These are only a few of who I think should be in there. Rock on!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bikes I have owned

Off road bthat I have owned.

1969 Suzuki 90
1971 Suzuki 125 *
*(the one that had the street/trail lever you switched on top of the cases)
1976 Yamaha MX 125B
1978 Yamaha YZ 125
1977 Suzuki PE 250
1980 Kawasaki KX 420
1982 Honda CR 480
1983 Kawasaki KDX 200 A-1
1985 Husquvarna WR125
1986 Kawasaki KDX 200 C-1
1986 Can Am 200 A.S.E.
1987 Husquvarna WR430 *
*(very fast - bad brakes...a truly exciting combination)
1988 Husqvarna WR250
1990 ATK 250
1991 KTM 250 EXC
1992 Kawasaki KDX 200
1998 Honda XR400
1999 KTM 250 EXC *
*(Pat Garrahan's 6 day's bike he rode in Australia for Team USA)
2000 Yamaha WR 400
2001 Yamaha TTR 125L
2001 Kawasaki KDX 220R
2007 KTM 525XC-W

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Colorado Rocks

In August 2007 I took a trip to Colorado with 8 buddies that I have either raced with or rode with in the past.  We went to the Gunnison National Forrest and spent 6 days riding some of the most impressive trail I have ever put a set of knobbies on.  Among some of the places we rode were Taylor reservoir, Doctor's Pass, Dead Man's Gulch, the Alpine Tunnel (actually riding the old train bed up the side of the mountain to the tunnel), Tin Cup, Mirror Lake, Cumberland Pass, the Continental Divide, as well as riding to Crested Butte and Aspen through the woods.  On top of the Cumberland Pass we were literally in the clouds.  

I logged 557 miles in 6 days, saw tons of wildlife, crashed my brains out, had a snowball fight in August, laughed and in general had the off road trip of a lifetime. I hope to go back this year!

Friday, January 25, 2008

I hate cold weather!

It is Friday night and I am freezing my butt off (not really - it's still there).  I hate cold weather ... I especially hate cold, damp weather.  Dozer came by yesterday and we put some music on his new iPod.  He just purchased the 80gb one and it cost the same as my 30gb cost less than a year ago.  He had planned on riding my dirt bike except it was approximately 10 degrees colder outside than it is in our freezer.  Even Dozer is not that tough.  It's been so cold he is driving his truck to work instead of riding his Harley.  My daughter got to see Van Halen this week while I had to work ... yes, my life sucks.  Well, that's all for now.