Sunday, August 16, 2009

It's Back

I had a rough night at work last night. I'm afraid my reprieve from my RA is coming to an end. I went to work at 6 pm last night with an extreme case of fatigue. Not the best way to start out a 13 hour shift, but I hoped for the best since I have felt good the past 9 days. With my job, one of my duties is loading 3500 pound rolls of paper into the carriage, then raising the roll up off of the floor about 3 inches and spinning it all of the way around checking the rolls for damage. We ran 62 of rolls of paper last night. This is tiring for a normal person, let alone someone with RA and a case of fatigue.

On top of that, we had a paper break losing paper in 3 ovens. To make a long story short, there was a lot of climbing up and down (3 story press I work on) to reweb the 450 feet of paper we lost in the crash.

Just when I thought things were calming back down, we ran out of ink and didn't have another barrel in the pressroom. Mike and Sean were at break, so I was elected to go to the ink room and try to locate another barrel of 6G Sage green. Doesn't sound to bad right? The plant I work at has 13 acres under one roof and the ink room is a good six minute walk. Coming back I was pushing a 450 pound barrel of ink with a steel drum truck that I'm pretty sure was made before world war 1.

I had good intentions of working out before crawling in bed this morning. My feet hurt so bad, I slowly exited my truck, limped up the sidewalk, eased inside and hit the recliner, not to move again until I limp down the hallway to my bed.

Yes, my RA is back and I still have 4 more nights to work this week.


Cathy said...

Yikes! You do have a very physical job. I don't know how you do it.

RA is never a welcomed back visitor. I hope it doesn't make your next four days too miserable. Rest when you can.

RA Guy said...

Hope your week is finishing better than it started.

I really admire your strength and perseverance, after reading some of your posts I myself feel like I need a rest break ;)

tharr said...

I do have a pretty physical job. If I don't have time to work out, I get a pretty good work out doing my job. Some nights it gets really old pushing 3500 lbs rolls of paper around on the floor. LOL

tharr said...

RA Guy,
Thanks and by the way, I am feeling better.

I know that my attitude both helps and hurts me. I've never been one to sit around and feel sorry for myself. I have always felt the need to push what I can do and it's no exception with my RA. If I could back off just a little bit (I really am trying to learn this) I think that my RA would ease up on me to some degree.