Sunday, January 23, 2011

RA vs Minor Burns

My flare up has continued to dog me for yet another week.  Most days I wish that I could ride my motorcycle on some nasty, tight single track trail again, lately I have just been wishing to walk without too much pain.  Funny how RA continues to change your outlook on life.

I was working on my bike today and had it running for a couple of minutes to heat the oil in the engine for an oil/filter change.  I went to tighten a bolt and bumped a fingertip against the header just out of the cylinder. At that precise moment, the header was the same exact temperature as it is 7 feet off of the surface of the sun.  
You sometimes forget just how many nerve endings are in a fingertip until you stick your finger in a blender ... or against an incredibly hot exhaust header.  For a few moments, I forgot that a flare up had hijacked my semi-normal life for the past 3 weeks.  While I don't recommend this therapy for everyone, I am a professional when it comes to pain, it has certainly taken the edge off of my flare for now.  Don't worry about my finger, the burnt dead skin will soon be replaced by fresh healthy skin.  Too bad our joints can't replenish themselves in the same fashion.

I hope everyone has a good week, I can't wait for some nice, warm weather.  I'm officially through with winter and ready for another year of riding.


Anonymous said...

Haha, what a visual, your header being the same temp as the sun. Been there, burned that. Hope it heals quick and I'm ready for spring weather too.

Nice blog. I'll be back.


tharr said...
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tharr said...

Dave, thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again on here. I have some good rides palnned for spring as well as some rides where I just want to fill my gas tank, back pack, load my tent and sleeping bag and head out the direction the bike points when I unload.

mary said...

Sorry about the burn and the flare. 3 Weeks, may be time for a call to the doc.
I'm more than ready for spring. Got my bike back from the shop yesterday but the weather is just not cooperating. I mean really we have single digit temps around here. What is up with that!!!

Feel better soon.

tharr said...

Mary, I am over the worst of the flare but it continues to hang on.
I am soooo tired of winter and hurting, I'm definitely ready to dodge some spring storms! I know you are ready to ride also. Hang in there a little longer, it will be spring soon.

Lana said...

I am sorry about the flare up and unfortunately, I know where you are coming from. This has been the norm for me with this cold weather. I agree - Your outlook on life definitely changes with RA. Pain is something that we somewhat get used to. Other things that happen, i.e. other accidents, compare very little to RA pain, and this comes from a person who types for a living while dealing with hand, wrist and finger pain. Ditto on the warm weather. Why exactly did you stick your hand in a blender or an exhaust? I already knew we RA’ers were all nuts (especially with the pain we put up with) but you can take nut to a whole new level. :-)

Anonymous said...

Definitly been there.
I still love winter but my RA makes it a bit tougher each year.

When its below zero here, the snow sparkles with ice crystals and crunches underfoot like styrafoam.

We are all here because we are not all there.
Hang in there
Phil from Syracuse

Squirrel said...

Sorry to hear about the continuing flare and burnt finger on top of that!! How rotten. No doubt soon it'll all just be a vague unpleasant memory of the past and you'll be back on the bike.

tharr said...

Lana, I have been very fortunate not to have very many flares, but this one has made up for it. This has been a weird winter for us, very frigid temps and lots of wind on top of the already cold temps have kept me inside all of January. You're right, we do get used to pain ... don't like it, but we're used to living with it. I haven't stuck my fingers in a blender yet ... the headers a different story. I was checking a bolt right next to the header and my finger slipped and bumped the header, believe me it wasn't intentional. And about the nut ... I resemble that remark!

Phil, I don't know how you do it buddy. I am hurting down here in Oklahoma, when you told me about all of the snow you've had ... my hats off to you. I've been told I'm not all there before. lol

tharr said...

Squirrel, I'm still jealous of your weekend! The finger will survive, good thing we have an aloe vera plant. I know you are as ready to get out and ride as I am, just need the weather to cooperate.

Wren said...

Well, that's ONE way to cope with RA pain, Terry. Not a fun one, but definitely effective.

I hope your flare will ease up soon, and that the nice weather you're longing for will show up soon, too. Hang in there! ;)

tharr said...

Wren, I never claimed to be normal, nor have I been accused of it.

I'm sure ready for both, this flare to say goodbye and warmer weather. I would take spring storms over winter storms any day ... and I live in Oklahoma.

Anonymous said...

Ummm, if you put on enough extra strength capsaisin cream, that burn will also surely make you forget about the RA pain for a while! Just don't cover up the spot with gloves or ANYthing, because it will feel like your fingertip. At least without all the skin falling off though!

Do any of you ever feel like someone has been punching you in the muscles of the upper arms and on top of your shoulders for hours on end?