Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Winter Sucks

I am doing better now, fully recovered from a upper respiratory infection I came down with just before Thanksgiving, with the exception of a lingering dry cough.  My RA is hurting now due to the fact I could not take my meds while on antibiotocs.  I am looking forward to being able to take my Humira shot Wednesday and get back on my MTX.  Sometimes it takes something like this to drive home how much good the meds we take are helping us.  

It is too cold to ride, so I have been cleaning my shop, throwing some junk away and working on my bike.  My last ride, even though the temp was in the upper 50's, hurt my hands, partly due to the unexpected rain that moved in on us early that day.  I may have found a solution for the winter months, even though it looks strange.  They are manufactured by Tusk Racing, I believe more geared toward snowmobile use, called Hand Mitts.  Simple design, they fit over your handlebars and controls, lock down with a nylon strap and you put your hands, wearing regular off road gloves, inside of them (they have a light fur lining inside) and you still have complete freedom of movement.  I am anxious to try them out on a 50 degree day and see if they will help my hands.
I have also been going through a huge box of my old riding clothes.  Neon orange AXO leathers (I know Mike remembers them), my old Can Am - Go the Rat jersey, must be shirts from 25 enduros, Nationals, Team USA shirts.  I threw some old workout stuff away, but my cycling and motorcycle race stuff is far too valuable to trash.  lol  By the way, Mary, I ran across some old century ride t-shirts, an old MSR mountain bike jersey and a Cannondale road bike jacket.  Some good times remembered going through that box today.
I have said it many times before, but here goes again ... I hate winter!  

16 comments:

Squirrel said...

I second that.

I like snow...for about 2-3 weeks. Then I want it to be summer again!

Wren said...

Glad you're feeling better and can soon start the RA meds again. Winter cold really is painful; those mitts over your bike grips look like a terrific ideas. I hope they'll work!

Keep smiling and stay warm, Terry.

tharr said...

Squirrel, I'm much more of a warm weather person. I was that way before my jackass friend RA started hanging around.

Wren, I am ready to shoot up tomorrow. haha
I'm optimistic that the mitts will at least help some. Thanks and I hope your hip eases up on you soon.

rheumforgod said...

How awful to be sick around the holidays. I'm so glad you are on the mend and thinking about your next ride. But I'm so sorry you are hurting. :(

That last ride of yours sounded so beautiful. I love making amazing discoveries when you least expect it. The fur lined gloves you mentioned sound like the perfect compliment for your next ride.

Hope the injection brings quick relief! -Kelli

mary said...

Glad you are feeling better and can get back on the Humira/mtx wagon again. Well, sorry you need it but glad it's there for you.

Winter has arrived here also and my bike sits in the garage hoping for a warm spell. The cold just sucks the fun right out of riding. Hmmmm, wonder if those gloves would work on a bike. Hope they work out for you and you can get a few more days out.

Anonymous said...

I want to see pictures of the gloves. Also, do docs recommend stopping MTX too (not just biologics) while on antibiotics? I don't for respiratory infections, although I don't generally take antibiotics for those (also those might be viral anyway), but I will for other types of infections, say gum or tooth abscesses.

tharr said...

Kelli, I was bummed to have to miss the family Thanksgiving get together, but I pretty much slept through Thanksgiving anyway. From Wednesday afternoon until Friday morning, I slept 33 out of 43 hours.
The Oark ride was really cool, we are going back to do it again when it is not foggy and raining. I'm thinking that the mitts will have to help my hands some ... I'll find out soon.

Mary, I understand about the meds, I hate to have to depend on them but I'm glad they are there for us.
The mitts probably could be adapted to a mountain bike, imagine the looks you would get though, but don't think they would work with a road bike handlebar.

tharr said...

Anonymous, there are a couple of pictures on my post with the Mitts attached to the handlebar. If you click on the picture, it will open to a full sized photo for better detail.
My rheumatologist has told me, when on antibiotics for anything, to stop taking both MTX and my biologic. I will usually call his office and let him know that I am off of my meds temporarily.

livinglifewithraandfms said...

I had an upper respiratory infection too and I am dealing with the dry cough. Sometimes, I am not sure what the point of the flu shot is. I guess it does not protect again respiratory infections. I continue to take my meds while on antibiotics as long as I stay away from the Humira. Well, good to hear you are feeling better.

Sometimes, I think us RA’ers are like war veterans we have war stories to tell. :-) Or like kids in the neighborhood - My RA is nicer than your RA. Whatever suits your fancy. That is how I know I am getting old when I start complaining about my health. Personally, I think that RA’ers should get a winter pass from work, life, and going out but no one is listening to me. Not that you would stay home – you would hop on your bike so it would defeat the point.

I am surprised your wife did not throw those old clothes out (because I would I have and my husband probably wouldn’t talk to me for days). The good news is I have no idea what “valuable” is but I suppose your wife does. :-)

Lana

livinglifewithraandfms said...

I had an upper respiratory infection too and I am dealing with the dry cough. Sometimes, I am not sure what the point of the flu shot is. I guess it does not protect again respiratory infections. I continue to take my meds while on antibiotics as long as I stay away from the Humira. Well, good to hear you are feeling better.

Sometimes, I think us RA’ers are like war veterans we have war stories to tell. :-) Or like kids in the neighborhood - My RA is nicer than your RA. Whatever suits your fancy. That is how I know I am getting old when I start complaining about my health. Personally, I think that RA’ers should get a winter pass from work, life, and going out but no one is listening to me. Not that you would stay home – you would hop on your bike so it would defeat the point.

I am surprised your wife did not throw those old clothes out (because I would I have and my husband probably wouldn’t talk to me for days). The good news is I have no idea what “valuable” is but I suppose your wife does. :-)

Lana

tharr said...

Lana, while I picked mine up from my wife who had been sick the week before, it would not have been so bad if I would have gone to the doctor instead of going riding the Monday before Thanksgiving. Of course, it wasn't supposed to turn cold or rain til mid to late afternoon either. This ones not my fault, I'm blaming the weather man. lol

My rheumatologist told me to stop both the MTX and biologics both while on antibiotics and to wait a full 10 days after the last antibiotic before resuming my RA meds. I'm just following his orders.

We do have our own war stories to tell. Sometimes it may seem like it, but I'm not trying to one up anyone. We all have a rough time, I'm just telling what I have gone through, maybe it can prevent someone else from going through what I have.

I LOVE the winter pass idea ... but I'm afraid you know me too well. I would ride on those exceptional warm days of winter.

Donna knows how much racing meant to me, that WAS my life before I met her. She has never tried to get me to sell my bikes or stopped me from riding, she knows how much I still enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Terry
Those little hand warmer packs that you shake to heat might fit in the bottom of those glove guards, just a thought. Over 30 inches of snow since Sunday and I have had better weeks than this one so far. My big thing this time of year is archery leagues with a recurve bow. Like you I have a sport that I love, but with fingers and hands flaring I have to pay to play. I love winter and ice fishing but my RA has really taken a lot of joy out of winters.
I now understand why so many people dislike winter as they age.
Hopefully I will get back on the Orencia soon since I am all healed up and off the antibiotics. I got a snow day today since our school was closed due to bad weather, but I had to shovel and am paying for it now. Time to get a snow blower. Any way, hang in there Terry.
Phil from Syracuse

tharr said...

Hey Phil, my riding buddy Darel and I were just talking about that 2 days ago. They are making them in larger body patches now and also like a shoe insert to keep your feet warm. One of those size would work better if I can afford a couple of them.

Man, 30 inches of snow in 3 days?? That would shut our town down completely. I used to hunt a little bit, but not with a bow. I understand about the fingers and hands, I know it must aggravate them bow hunting. I used to fish a lot with my dad, but I have never been ice fishing. Don't think I could take the cold now days.

I hope you can get back on Orencia soon and feel some relief. Maybe Santa will bring you a snow blower.

Anonymous said...

Terry
I was able to get back on the Orencia today, but can not do any prednisone due to the bone augmentation (dental implant surgery). I didn't know that prednisone slows bone growth. We are now up to 42 inches or so and I have to rake the roof off tomorrow. I got a deal on a used blower with a gummed up carb so it should be an easy fix. We bring little tents, heaters, food, and a few beers when we do hard water fishing. Ice fishing is not so bad with the right gear and it is pretty popular here. With any luck things will kick in soon. Thank you for the stories and comments, somehow it takes the sting off of this lousey disease. Funny, we always used to laugh at these guys with sleds and 4 wheelers and now we really want one to make it easier on our compromised bodies.
Funny how views change when you no longer have that youthful energy.

Take care
Phil

tharr said...

Phil, great news on the Orencia. 42" of snow. I don't know if I have seen that much snow in all of my winters added together! If its just the carb, it shouldn't take you long to have that sucker clearing your driveway and sidewalk. I've never used one (obviously) but it beats shoveling.
Ice fishing sounds like an adventure, if I'm ever up that way in the winter, I'll look you up. I think you need a 4 wheeler myself ... between hunting, ice fishing and just an all around good time in the woods every now and then.
You're right about our views changing as we get older, but I refuse to pull my pants up to my armpits when I get really old.
Enjoy your new toy, er uh ... I mean necessity.

Gillion said...

Pei Pa Koa (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm ) is one of the few Chinese natural cough remedies that have been scientifically studied. it's something like herb plus honey, and it's sweet, thick and black in color. If you have a cough, look for it! It used to be one of my favourite natural cough remedies.

if your cough persists, seek professional help such as traditional Chinese medicine physicians - I have had very good experiences with them.