After switching to Humira 10 days ago, I am feeling better. I still take five 2.5mg Methrotrexate weekly as well as two 1mg Folic Acid daily in addition to the HUmira. I am still very stiff in the morning until I get a hot shower and move around a little bit. At work, I am feeling better with the switch as well. The only thing I noticed that it has not helped with is getting down on my knees (for the bottom 2 print decks on the press) and even worse is trying to get back up out of the floor. Big time pain plus I look about as graceful as a rhinoceros on roller skates. Still have some mild swelling, but overall my fatigue is better. I am very pleased with the results so far, but I secretly hope that I continue to see improvement. If I do continue to get better, Randall and I have some wild rides that we are going to attempt this fall.
One ride that we are looking at doing, whether I get better or not, is we are going to have Race drop us off around Tyler, Texas with our bikes, backpacks and duffle bags strapped to the bikes. We can ride from Texas, through Oklahoma, back into Arkansas (mostly all on dirt roads and trails) stopping to spend the night somewhere around Broken Bow, Oklahoma or DeQueen, Arkansas. Then head out the next morning and ride into the Ouachita National Forrest and then head on home. This would be somewhere around 330 miles for the 2 days, I could make that ride right now.
I am doing some much needed maintenance on the KTM this week on my days off, so I am not going to ride this week. But my bike should be happy with me, new bearings in the swingarm, a new heim joint bearing in the rear shock, tearing the front end off and greasing the steering head bearings, a new shift shaft seal and redoing some electrical wiring. After all of that, throw in some fresh oil and filters and a clean air filter and I will have a happy bike for a while.
An additional note: After working on my bike most of the day today, my hands and wrists hurt from hammering bearings out, then new ones back in. I cut my index finger on my left hand stripping wire back. Also, the constant use of a ratchet and socket today has left my wrists feeling hammered . It is discouraging that I can't even work on my bike without hurting. I am going to get cleaned up, apply some Voltaren Gel to my hands and wrists, kick back and watch a movie. After all, I may be hurting, but I'm smiling inside ... I got a big ass maintenance list taken care of today!