After settling back into my work routine, once we got back home from our mini vacation, it didn't take long to start hurting again. I didn't realize until then ... my RA was on vacation with me. I was worried about my reaction with the heat and sun and my RA meds, but everything was fine. I was so busy enjoying myself, that it didn't really sink in on me that I wasn't hurting while on vacation. That is until my first day back to work. Soon, my feet, right hip, knees and ankles were hurting. So much, in fact, that the very first day back I had to hit the Tylenol Arthritis in my toolbox. I made it a little better the next 2 days of my work week and then had to fight with my mower to get my yard mowed on my first day off. My mower is 11 years old and getting cranky about being used once a week. I am either going to have to do some major work on it this winter, or shoot it.
I met Race and Randall this morning to ride. I unloaded, got my gear on and headed up the road to where they had parked. We all head out together and I did something that I haven't done in a long time. No, I didn't crash, I was stung by a bee. I am highly allergic to bee and wasp stings, and by the time I got my bike stopped, my back pack loosened and jacket unzipped, I had a red place 3" in diameter with a small bloody spot in the center. I wanted so badly to go on and ride, but I also knew better. By the time I rode back to the truck, my chest was hurting. In a freak instance, the bee hit the vents in the front part of my helmet, shot up and hit my nose, then fell down. No problem, it happens from time to time. However, when the bee fell, it dropped in between my jacket and my jersey. Then after a few seconds of being down there decided it was in his best interest to sting me.
By the time I loaded up and drove home, I was slightly nauseous and had a bump raised up where I had been stung. I wasn't sure how being stung would react with my RA and meds, but it does not seem to have had any adverse effects. Donna mixed up a paste and gave me some Benadryl (it's nice to have an RN at home) and it doesn't hurt to bad tonight. The good thing about it is ... my RA pain didn't bother me today. The bee sting pain trumped my RA pain.