It is approaching 8 years since my healthy life was hijacked by RA. I am now 3 months into my detour with Humira. I have to admit that while I am 75% pleased with the results that I have seen, I have also not seen how it will do through the upcoming winter months. Winter is the hardest on me and I have just been shown a sample of what I am afraid is in store for me. Over the weekend, we had overnight temperatures drop down to just below freezing for the first time this fall, and by noon Saturday, my hips were hurting enough that it was very painful to walk. Can't wait for the low 20's and throw in some snow or freezing rain!
For me personally, this is how my life with Humira breaks down so far:
• Most days about 70% pain free
• Slightly increased flexibility
• Most days little to no fatigue
• Feel up to working out and walking again
• Feet and ankles have felt no relief at all
• Ring finger on left hand is now giving me incredible pain (I'm sure this is just the progression of the disease, nothing to do with Humira)
• When fatigue does drop by to visit, it seems more severe now
• Shots hurt BIGTIME
I have been working out using the My RA Fit Kit program and while it is ok, I must confess that I am not able to bend to do some of the flexibility exercises, the weight routine is good, but I do not have the time to do as much cardio as they require in a week. I am still doing what I can with it hoping my flexibility will improve.
I got my flu shot 3 weeks ago. Funny how in my preRA days, I used to dread getting a flu shot. After giving myself injections for 7+ years, I didn't even feel it. I have heard several people talk about feeling bad afterward or even coming down with the flu after getting the shot. I have never had any reactions or complications from taking a flu shot.
Now, the most painful update, it has now been 5 weeks that my KTM has been in the shop. They called me last Wednesday and told me it was almost back together, that it would be ready by 5pm. I was so excited, I rushed around and drove 85 miles north to the shop to find ... it was together, but running lean. When they pulled the carb off to check the main and pilot jets, the pilot jet broke off in the carb body. Needless to say, I'm way passed depressed, I'm pissed now. It has been 5 weeks for a top end job (piston and rings) and who knows how long it will be before they have it running. When we had our house built, it only took 7 weeks!