I have all of your normal RA pains (sitting, standing, walking) everyday, but overall I have been feeling good for the last two weeks with one exception. My wrists and hands have been hurting. There are a couple of factors that could possibly be aggravating them. We have had a lot of rain lately and the humidity has been consistently around 80% over the last 10 days. The other factor is work. I have had a rough, but rewarding two weeks at work. Two out of the last seven work days, I have worked by myself on the front end of the press, doing the work of two operators. I can do it, but I pay a price for it. After all of the crawling around to get to the bottom print decks, lifting and carrying metal ink pots and climbing up and down stairs and ladders, I anticipated more areas hurting me today, so I guess thats a good thing. Temporarily, my fatigue is almost down to nothing. Now this feeling... I could learn to like.
I think the switch to Humira will turn out to be a good one. I may not be feeling as good as I did right after an Orencia infusion, but I feel more leveled out now. With Orencia, I felt great after the infusion, but the last two weeks of the month, before another infusion, I was hurting. The thing I don't like about Humira, is the injections hurt like a big dawg!
I'm packing my bags to fly to Minneapolis tomorrow. It's not a vacation, it is a company training trip. I will be gone four days and have to test at the end of the training. If I pass, I will have my Level 1 Flexo printing certification. Not a big deal, I don't plan on leaving the company, but these days you don't know what big companies will do. It could come in useful later, if I have to look for another job.
Not much going on this week around the shop. I have a couple of items ordered for my bike. By the summer of 2011, I may finally have my bike set up for hardcore dual sport rides. When I first bought my KTM, I didn't expect to get wrapped up in dual sport riding like I have. But I didn't anticipate not being able to ride single track trail either. It has been a bitter sweet adventure for me. I miss riding the woods and every time we pass a good looking trail I want to point my bike down it to see where it goes. I sometimes weigh the options and if it looks good enough to hurt over later, I will ride it. I saw a bumper sticker last month that read "Old Enduro Riders Never Die ... They Just Start Riding Dual Sport". Obviously I'm not alone since I used to race enduros. I need one of those bumper stickers.