Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Some Days You Can't Win

I've had an up and down couple of weeks since my last post.  As Mike says, "my jackass friend RA" has been dogging me big time over the last 10 days.  We continue to be hit by storms every 3-4 days and we have severe storms in the forecast starting tomorrow night running everyday through next Wednesday ... every day.  I know this has a great impact on my RA so I'm not overly concerned about that yet.  I had a ride planned for yesterday morning but when I got up yesterday, noticed I was in quite a bit of pain from my other problem.  I called my doctor and he told me to come in to his office.  To make a long story short, I'm having some out patient surgery done next week.  No big deal, it just seems like some days you just can't win.  I was so happy last month by avoiding this surgery, if I would have had it done, I would be going strong now.

I have worked in a couple of rides the last 2 weeks even though they did hurt me, it felt great to be riding.  I hope the surgery repairs this problem, I've missed too much riding already this year.  And at my age, I can't waste too many fun days!
I am nearing the completion of my bike build that I started a year ago.  I have had my turn signals and flasher for a while and was waiting for enough extra money to take them to a shop to have them put on.  I had no idea how to wire the turn signals, but thought I would hang them on the bike.  No problem drilling the holes and putting them on.  I them cut 4 pieces of 18 gauge wire, spliced the back lights and ran the wire through shrink tube to the front of the bike.  I was kind of proud of myself and thought I was finished, I would leave the rest of the job to someone who knew what they were doing.  Well ... about 30 minutes later I started thinking and headed back to my shop.  The LED flasher I bought was to plug into a Honda cruiser, so there were no instructions ... zip, zilch, nada.  It's only 3 wires, how hard can it be?  After 1 1/2 hours I officially gave up, at one point I had my headlight flashing.   I went and jumped in the hot tub to relax before going to bed and then it hit me ... instead of using the hot and ground on the bike, run those wires direct to the battery.  I hopped out of the hot tub and ran back to the shop, cut some wire long enough to reach the battery and it worked!  The moral of the story is, never underestimate the power of a hot tub.


Anonymous said...

Always good to hear how you are doing. Surgery. pooh. I'm sorry. :( Terry, I pray it brings you total relief. Your line about never underestimating a hot tub made me laugh. Thanks! :)

tharr said...

It's so great to hear from you Kelli! I trust you and the family are doing good. Thank you for the prayers. Glad I could make you laugh.

mary said...

Sorry to hear you are still having problems with your other medical problem. Hope the surgery goes well and you are back on the bike in no time.
Weather here is up and down ...spring in the northeast. Have gotten a few good bike rides in but like you am battling a second med problem that is slowing me down. Hope it settles down by midsummer. Off to Austrian Alps to do some hiking......I must be out of my mind. Slow but steady yes and lots of ice and pain meds.
Glad you figured out the cycle problem. Funny how the fix for things just pops into your head sometimes once you step away.

tharr said...

Mary, thank you, no biggie on the surgery. I wish you well with your other problem too. Life was a lot easier when I was 30, had time, energy and was healthy! lol Have fun in the Alps but be careful my friend. My mind doesn't work very well any way, but just getting away from it for 10-15 minutes ... the solution just suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks.

mary said...

The hiking isn't as severe as it sounds. They do a longer harder hike and a shorter less elevation gain hike each day. Needless to say I will be most likely be doing the shorter hike. If I have a bad day we can just take the train into one of the local towns and look around or sit outside and have a glass of wine and enjoy the lovely setting. Summer is usually my best time RA wise so my fingers are crossed.

Laurie Grassi said...

I hope things go well and you're feeling better soon! :) L

Lana said...

I am feeling the aches from the storms that we are all getting. I am so tired of it. I miss the sun. Good luck with the surgery. Let us know how it goes. You know how some people get their best ideas when they are in the bathroom (me included), you get yours in the hot tub. :-)

Anonymous said...

Now I want a hot tub again. :)
Make sure you go fused there buddy.
We started to dry out but are back at it again with nothing but rain in the forcast. My fingers look like little sausages.
Heal Fast
Phil - Syr

tharr said...

Mary, you're an inspiration. I used to love hiking but my feet don't work very well anymore. Sounds like a great time, enjoy it. I want to see some photos of the trip!

Laurie, thanks. I (think) I will HAVE to feel better afterwards than I do right now!

tharr said...

Lana, the storms have been relentless this spring here. We have seen very little sunshine lately as well. Thanks and the hot tub is very quiet and peaceful at 2 in the morning.

Phil, the tub and I have a very good relationship! I would hate to go without one now. Ours is hard wired with a 220 breaker and a fuse on the heater of the tub. Hate those sausage fingers, hang in there ... it will get better.

Squirrel said...

those storms sound scary! hope you get some clear skies soon and a break for the flares. good luck with the surgery, if it's going to lessen your problems then it's gotta be a good thing!

tharr said...

Squirrel, I guess I'm a little weird, but I enjoy the storms (except the destruction and death part) but even I am ready for some warm, sunny days. Thank you, according to the surgeon, 92% of patients are helped by the surgery.