Thursday morning I spent two hours with my rheumatologist taking xrays, having bloodwork done and setting up a start day for new medicine. I still have to go back next week for a TB test. I am switching from Enbrel to Orencia. Switching from giving myself two shots a week to an office visit with a 30 minute IV injection once a month.
After that I went home and had to crawl around on the floor of my shop taking a steering link off of my riding nower. I then drove 80 miles north to my dad's house and cut and welded a new piece on the link, I don't have a welder at my house. On the way back we stopped and took my daughter out to dinner and visited. It was 10 pm when I arrived home and I was hurting so badly, I could barely walk from the truck to the house.
I got up Friday morning and was planning on taking the KTM out for a ride, but the pain was so great that I just laid back down. My feet, hands, left shoulder, hips and perhaps the worst of all, ... fatigue. It is impossible to explain the pain that Rheumatoid Arthritis imposes on us, to someone who does not have it. On a good day, I can do most of what I want to, but with pain. On a bad day like today, it is sort of like having the flu with four or five broken toes and a dislocated shoulder. Other than that, I felt pretty good!