Sunday, July 18, 2010

Stay Cool

As I sit here at my computer, with Stevie Ray Vaughn rattling the windows, I am perfectly content enjoying the air conditioned comfort of our home. Thats where I intend to stay for my next 4 days off. The heat, down here in the river valley, has been unbearable for the last couple of weeks. The current temperature at 5:00 pm is 100 with a heat index of 114. Yet somehow, my grass continues to grow. I like the privacy of the large lots (3 acre minimum) in the neighborhood where we built our house, but after being diagnosed with RA, I envy people with a city sized yard to take care of.

I have been hurting quite a bit, but hope to feel some relief this week. I finished up a round of antibiotics last Sunday, so I have not been able to take my RA drugs for the last two weeks. While I am in an elevated state of pain, it is not unbearable pain. It hurts to sit, stand, walk, lay down, it takes very little for my hands and fingers to start hurting ... oh and raising my arms over shoulder high is out right now. Other than that, I feel pretty good. I will take my MTX and a Humira injection this week so hopefully by the weekend I will be feeling normal again. On second thought, I don't know what normal feels like any longer, I hope to be feeling semi-normal by the weekend.

Most people learn by observation, and there are the few who learn by experimentation. And then there are those, like me, who actually TOUCH the fire to see if it's really hot.  

My leg is healing up nicely now. If anyone ever offers to bead blast your leg ... just say no. Ok, no, I didn't just stick my leg out there and say, "Hey, let's see what that baby can do on some skin".  Long story, don't ask, but it is going to leave a cool scar.
Randall and I are mapping out some cool rides for this fall. One is a 20 minute ferry ride, on Bull Shoals Lake, that leaves the shore in Arkansas and lands in Missouri. Another is riding out to explore a ghost town. We have a couple of other rides in the works as well, just waiting for the weather to cool down a bit.
View from the Peel ferry on Bull Shoals Lake.
Fellow ADV rider entering the ghost town of Rush.


Laurie Grassi said...

Can I just say, "ouch," on all counts?
Hope you feel better soon and things cool down! :) L

tharr said...

Thanks Laurie. The heat and RA I am used to dealing with. Already had a mild run in with heat exhaustion earlier this summer.
My leg, on the other hand, hurt like a big dawg for the first week after doing it. It is now 3 weeks into the healing process and feeling much better.

Living It, Loving It said...

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! (no other comments from me on this subject.)

I have staying out the sun because I find myself really dizzy and faint when I get in. Apparently, RA, fibromyalgia and heat do not mix. :(

tharr said...

Lana, as Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid". But it does eventually heal up.
Methotrexate increases your risk of sun sensitivity and they advise you to avoid direct sunlight. Ha, like thats going to happen with me. Everything I want to do is outdoors, except for mowing - I have to do that. I'm already vitamin D deficient as it is. I had a mild case of heat exhaustion early this year. Two years ago I spent 4 1/2 hours in ER due to it. Be careful.

Anonymous said...

Aw, Terry. I'm sorry you're fighting that constant pain all over. And in the heat. It struck me as I was reading your post how we all kibbitz about the cold and wet in the winter, longing for warm summer days -- and then when summer arrives, we pass right by warm and launch into all-caps HOT. Which we then kibbitz over as we long for cooler weather. ;)

I'm sorry, I can't accept not knowing what you did to that leg of yours to get that nasty injury. What did you DO???

Wishing you the best, Terry. I hope the heat breaks a bit (wish me the same, huh? It's been really, really hot here, too) and that your pain levels drop wayyy down again.


tharr said...

Thank you Wren. Its ok, I know that once I can start back on my drugs that I will feel better. We were having great weather and out of nowhere we get these above normal temps and insane humidity that pushes the heat index way up there.

I hope the heat drops for all of us, I know its not just here where I live, but the last 2 weeks have been awful.

Cathy said...

I can totally relate to not being able to raise my arms over my head. That stinks doesn't it?

It has been hotter than usual here too and I feel like I am getting whimpy. I want to either stay inside or be in the pool. Smart idea to stay inside. It sounds like a little relaxing won't hurt you and from your other comments that you haven't had great luck with the heat anyhow.

Does the sun do weird things to you with methotrexate. I don't remember if it affected me last time I was on it but this time if I am in the sun too long, I get a rash on my face.

Feel better soon.

tharr said...

Cathy, you would think we would be used to it by now, but it still frustrates me.

We had a pool at our other house, but elected to go with a hot tub when we built our house. Nothing like being 100 degrees and plunging into 103 degree water to cool you off! It is nice the other 3 months though.

I have not experienced any rashes, but have had heat exhaustion twice since being on it. Both times I was taking breaks and cooling down, drinking water and gatorade. The next day, on both occasions, is when it hit me. Not fun.