Living with a chronic disease means we have to work harder at everything than normal healthy people. It takes more from us to simply get out of bed in the morning, exercise, do our job but this also includes having fun. My riding is no exception. I do not ride pain free, however the thrill I get every time I ride far outweighs any pain I experience. Once it cools down to where I can enjoy riding, Donna may not see me til it starts snowing. My daughter informed me yesterday that we have been over 100 for 27 consecutive days now. The forecast for the next 7 days ... over 100 everyday.
I saw my rheumatologist two weeks ago and told him about being off of the MTX after surgery (for quicker healing) and I noticed that I felt better, had less fatigue and more energy. He was excited and immediately suggested I try just the Humira and stop the MTX altogether. I was a little leery of this so we agreed to cut the MTX back from 5 pills a week to 2. I have to admit that over the past 2 weeks I have had more energy however it seems that I have had more problems with stiffness and pain than I normally experience. I am hoping it is just a coincidence, but I am afraid I am going to have to start bumping the MTX up a little to find where I need to be to balance pain and stiffness vs having less fatigue and more energy.
I spent most of Saturday with my daughter. She took some photos, she is in the early stages of starting her own photography business, of me for a magazine interview I did with Health Monitor about staying active while living with RA. I am very lucky that, so far, I live with a mild version of the disease and that I CAN stay active. Living with the disease varies greatly from one to another. I think this is something that most outsiders do not understand. Just because I can exercise and do some things that help me doesn't mean it's right for everyone.
I am nearing the completion of my dual sport conversion, check out my 525 Bike Build link for all of the details. Still have just a couple of things left to do to it.