Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Changes

It's been a while since my last post and a lot of things have gone on during that time.  I had my surgery and I'm not sure it is going to fix my problem.  I go back to the doctor this Thursday so I am reluctant to be too happy about it yet.  On a good note, since I have been hurting else where again ... my RA is basically non existent.  It's really weird, but I think it is either that my body only recognizes one main source of pain at a time or my new job (see below).

I have switched to an 8 hour/5 day a week job in the pressroom (same company) and you would not believe how much of a difference it has made.  I have more energy, have not been hurting and mentally I feel a thousand times better.  I miss my days off and it will certainly impact my riding once I am able to ride again.  

Donna and I went to Wakarusa this past Saturday.  It has been a while since I have been to a large music festival, there were over 20,000 in attendance, and it was crazy.  We saw Ozomatli, Mumford and Sons and Ben Harper & Relentless.  I was tired (got off work at 7am that morning), sunburned and all of the walking hurt me but we both had a great day.    We left at 10:30 that night and there was still one more band to take the stage, but we were both pooped.  

10 comments:

abcsofra.blogspot.com said...

So glad that you switched "jobs" and it is giving you a somewhat more doable schedule. And I can only hope that the surgery is what you expected and that it will be a fix for you. My ortho doc was constantly talking surgeries but I opted not to do them. As he said, "ra is a progressive disease and the disease will march on." I am waiting until the joints stop working or I can't tolerate the pain. If it ain't broken, I ain't gonna fix it..I'll wait until it's joint replacement time. So many decisions to make all the time. Sometimes I want to just throw a coin up in the air and pick heads or tails.

tharr said...

It is incredible how much better I feel working an 8 hour vs 12 hour shift. I knew it would make a difference, just didn't realize it would be this noticeable, this quick.
I know you have a 50/50 shot with a coin flip, but trust with my luck it would be closer to 80/20 against me.

Cathy said...

Change can definitely be good! I am glad you are feeling some RA relief and hope the surgery works out as well.

I am still waiting to hear your thoughts on eliminating nightshades. You have me very curious. :)

tharr said...

Thank you Cathy. I am getting around to the nightshade post. I have wanted to give it some extended time to ensure it is working and this may be part of why I am feeling better as well. I promise it is a post coming in the few weeks.

Deb aka murphthesurf said...

Hellooo...me last name is murphy...you know the murphy's law...need I say more...lol! Mine would be 90/10. I wish employers would be more willing to work with ra patients still working and be a little flexible with schedule adjustments. You are a prime example of why. And what get my goat is employers never factor in the cost of when they loose a long time employee. They don't have a clue the knowledge that just walked out their door! For you I am sooo happy and hope this reprieve lasts a long, long time.

tharr said...

Deb, my employers ok but in no way makes accommodations for me. This was just a printing press that they converted to three 8 hr shifts vs two 12 hr shifts. I really hope they will leave it as is. They seem to go out of their way to change things if they find out the employees like them, they can't have the employees happy. They actually said this once in a meeting about 4 years ago, "a happy employee will not produce as much". I don't know where they came up with this but these are the people I work for.

mary said...

Good news on the hour change at work. I hope they decide to keep it that way. Just a few extra hours off make a huge difference.
Glad you had the surgery and hope it ultimatly turns out the way you want it to.

tharr said...

Thank you Mary. I hope the hours will stay in place for a while anyway, it's nice to come home from work and not hurt too much these days.

I went for a post op doctor appt this morning and he said it looks good, it's just healing slower than it should. Donna thinks it is my RA drugs causing the slow healing and there is no cancer. Woohoo!

Hope you are putting some miles on the bike now that it is warm.

Twists of Feet said...

I can't wait until my RA is "non-existent." In the mean time, I'm pushing myself by riding a bicycle across the country.

tharr said...

Twists of Feet, talking about an inspiration!! That's awesome, I used to put a lot of miles in on a road bike, but just can't do it anymore. I sold my Cannondale about 6 years ago. Still have a mountain bike for an occasional ride when I feel up to it though. I'm following you now.
My RA really isn't non existent, just sleeping behind the other pain right now, but it's nice to catch a break for a week or so even though I'm hurting elsewhere right now.
Good luck!