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.