Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good Days

Shot day tomorrow, I dread these days as they come around now. Enbrel didn't hurt like Humira does, I never gave shot day a second thought.  Life was simpler before Enbrel quit working for me.  My current pain is a solid 4 maybe a 5 right now thanks to two days of mowing, trimming, weed eating, raking and cleaning out two large flower beds for winter.  I have been trying to keep up with Wren and I am ready to admit defeat.  My hands, hips, knees, ankles and right shoulder are all equally cranky tonight.  But the place sure does look better.
I finally received my score from my Minneapolis training program.  I passed with an 86, so I now have my Level 1 Flexo certification.  I would like to pursue the Level 2 and 3 certifications if Georgia Pacific will allow us to.  Wish I could say that having the certification will make it easier on me or that I would get a raise but thats not the case.
I have my bike ready to take out for a 100 mile shake down ride tomorrow.  I believe I found what was causing my flats, so I have a new tube and a new Dunlop 606 mounted up to see how far I can make it before I have a flat tomorrow.  Just kidding, I'd better not have one.  I also have a small tank bag mounted and am anxious to see how riding with it will affect the handling of the bike.  If everything goes alright, I will be ready for our 2-3 day ride coming up.

I hope everyone can get out this weekend and enjoy some great early fall weather ... pain free.  I will be working all weekend, but have some fun for me.


Wren said...

Wow! You've been movin', Terry! You more than kept up with me -- I think you outdid me. I ended up not stacking any firewood today -- I was still too sore and fatigued. But I'm planning to get back to it tomorrow morning.

So you'll get your Humira injection and THEN go on a 100-mile ride? With your pain at 5-6? You're something else, m'friend. Have a terrific time, don't have any flats, and get home safely.

Living It, Loving It said...

I dread the shot days too but don’t tell anyone…I come off stronger than most. :) I feel winter coming on too because my RA is in the full panic mode. Congrats on the certification! Good luck keeping up with Wren – not sure if that is even possible.

tharr said...

I don't know about that Wren. I was relieved to get everything cleaned up for winter though. Take it easy, you have plenty of time to get your wood stacked before winter.

Yep, I am going to do my injection as soon as I get up in the morning and then load up and head for the woods.

tharr said...

Lana, the reason you come off stronger than most is because you are stronger than most. I've said it before, I don't know how you do everything that you do in addition to living with two chronic conditions.

I think you're right on keeping up with Wren!

Cathy said...

Keeping up with Wren, no thanks. That lady has been BUSY!

Enjoy your ride this weekend. This weather has been absolutely perfect!

Laurie Grassi said...

Haha! I like the idea of you and Wren in competition – should be a reality show! Congrats on the certification. Hope the shot goes well and you feel somewhat better, and that you have a great ride. :) L

mary said...

I'm sorry to hear the Humira is still giving you such a problem. Do you let it get to room temp? Try shooting it to the right or left and below the belly button. The lower you shoot the less it is supposed to hurt. I find if I do these 2 things it hurts much less.

Congrats on the certificate and Enjoy your ride!

Squirrel said...

I love that you don't let RA pain stop you from living your life. I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

tharr said...

Cathy, I know ... what was I thinking! It was beautiful today and I didn't have a flat.

Laurie, thats just crazy enough to work. How about "The Last Cripple Standing" for a title? lol
Thanks on the certification. Shot hurt, the ride was good. Hope your shoulder pain eases up soon.

tharr said...

Mary, I always let it warm up for 20-25 minutes, leave an ice pack on my leg for approx 3 minutes to numb my leg a little. It helps a little bit but it still hurts. I don't know about giving myself a shot in the belly. I don't think I'm that tough!

Hey Squirrel, if I waited til I didn't hurt, I wouldn't be doing anything! I just go on and, as Mike says, drag my jackass friend RA with me. Thanks and good luck with your date this weekend. Who knows ... maybe he'll be 11 out of 11.

mary said...

Oh, Terry I think the leg hurts way more than the stomach. I do mtx in leg and humira in stomach. Just my 2 cents. Don't know if it would be the same for you.

Anonymous said...

Always good to hear that you are still riding. I had to go off everything for a couple of months and this season is a bit rough so far for me. Humira is one that I have not tried yet. The Orencia worked slowly but did have some effect, but I had to stop so I could take antibiotics after surgery. Tons of rain here, hope you get some good rides in before winter. Hang in there, sounds like you are doing pretty well so far. The pain aint going anywhere so you might as well have some fun.

Phil from Syracuse

tharr said...

Mary, maybe I will work up the nerve to try a shot in my stomach. If I do, I will let you know. Seriously, I'm a big chicken when it comes to shots. lol

Phil, good to hear from you. Been a while, I was wondering about you. Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. Hopefully you can get some relief soon. Cold, rain certainly doesn't help does it? I am doing good for now, you're so right ... the pain ain't going nowhere, so I just try to have as much fun as I can stand.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the kind words.
The day after 9/11 I was teaching a lab and my friend who was doing the lecture came in asked the students if they had any problems and needed to talk. Bob talked about just wanting to go hit a golf ball because you knew that your friends could no longer do it, or to just have experiences that would honor your friends because they could no longer have any experiences. I Knew then that he had been in Viet Nam. My point is, that while I am compromised at times, that I think it is great that you can get out and do things that many of us can no longer do. The fact that you write it all down is somehow soothing to me when I feel like I'm alone in this pain. I had a really rough day but managed to see my best friends little girl get married today. I was going pretty heavy on the prednisone and tramadol just to get there, but it was absolutely worth it, I even did one dance with my wife. Keep riding buddy.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on doing well on your test! Knew you'd do well. My yard will live vicariously through yours. It's definitely in need of some TLC. Have a great ride! Riding is what I call kickin' butt when you have a chronic illness like RA!

tharr said...

Thanks Phil, I am glad that it helps you to read about my rides. I did a 105 mile ride today and felt good ... until I tried to get off of my bike when we got back to the truck. It must have taken me 3 minutes to get off and I could barely walk once off. lol. So glad you got to enjoy the wedding and got to dance with your wife. Never give up!

Kelli, thanks. You had more faith in me than I had in myself after taking the test. I have a 3 acre yard, so now that I have it ready for winter, I have an extra 4 hours a week (only thing I like about winter). As far as riding goes, some days I kick butt, some days I get mine kicked. Today's ride was a draw. But it sure beat being at work!