Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Quick Update

It has been a while since my last post and I apologize (sorry Deb).  I work a different shift now 6 days a week and while the 8 hour days are easier on me, I have no free time anymore.  I am doing better now and just saw my surgeon this past Friday morning.  He has cleared me to do anything I want so I am finally ready to start riding this year!  
So, as my pain is leaving me from the pre and post op procedure, my RA is once again starting to show it's ugly side.  Not too bad yet but it just wants me to realize it is lurking over my shoulder again.  I go to my rheumatologist Monday morning and am going to ask about cutting back on my MTX.  While off of them after surgery to help with the healing, I had more energy and felt better (except for the pain of surgery) than I have in a very long time.

I have new goodies on my bike that include a soft seat kit, which I have been planning on getting since I bought the bike.  Anyone that rides a KTM knows that the seat is basically like sitting on a 2 X 6!  I also put a keyed ignition switch on my bike for peace of mind on overnight rides.  This way the bike is not sitting at a campground or in a motel parking lot hot, just waiting for someone to hit the electric start button and ride it off.  When we were racing and one of us could not get our bike started, Mike and I would ask "is the key on?" ... now Mike can ask me that seriously.
We had a very rough night last night, we had to put little Maggie, our Australian Terrier down.  She had not been herself for 4 or 5 days and had very labored breathing when I got home last night at 7pm.  We took her to the emergency vet in town and after running blood work and doing x-rays, discovered her kidneys had shut down.


deb aka murphthesurf said...

Thank you for posting! I am glad to see you are better after your surgery and ready to ride once again.

Poor baby...may her doggie heaven be filled with lots of biscuits and pretty green grass to roam. That just breaks my heart...I can only imagine what you are feeling. So sorry.

Gisela said...

Terry, so sorry to hear about your dog. We had to put down our 13-year- old dog last summer, so I know how you must be feeling. Best to you all.

Wren said...

I've missed your voice here, Terry, so it's nice to find out how you're doing. I'm delighted you're well and able to start riding again--as soon as you can find some free time! I'm guessing you will before long.

Also, I'm so sorry to hear about little Maggie. I know that you love your dogs like family, so when there's a death, the loss and sudden quiet place in your life is so sad. Sending comfort, warmth and hugs your way, m'friend.

tharr said...

Deb, I am so ready to ride, it's just too hot right now.
Maggie was only 3, vet said most likely had a kidney problem her whole life. Someone dumped her out and she had ran around the neighborhood a while before we took her in.

Gisela, thank you. So sorry you had to put your dog down as well, it is a very hard decision to make, but we couldn't let Maggie hurt any longer. The vet gave her a week to live if we didn't put her down.

tharr said...

Wren, it's so good to hear from you!! I have missed my time here, seems like I don't have any time to do anything this year. I have missed riding so badly this year, but now that I'm repaired for the most part, I'm going to try to make up for lost time this fall. Thanks so much, losing a pet is losing a part of your family.

mary said...

Six days a week!! That's way too much in my book. Are you doing OT?
So sorry to hear about your Maggie. It is the one bad thing about having pets. I look at my 2 old dogs (11 and 13)and cross my fingers they stay healthy another year.
Hope you are able to ride soon. The heat this year has been unbelievable!!

Squirrel said...

Good to hear from you Terry! Sorry about your wee dog, what a shame :( At least you gave it a loving home for a few years and I'm sure it was a very happy time. Also good news about the surgery, here's hoping the heat eases up and you can do what you like doing best!

tharr said...

Mary, that's what I have been telling management, but they keep on forcing us to work 1 day of OT a week. We still have one dog that is 12-13 years old as well. As soon as the heat breaks a bit, I'm riding! Last night at 9:30pm, it was still 98 here. Hope you are a little cooler!

Squirrel, It's so good to hear from you too. Thank you, it is always tough to lose a pet, but Maggie had us wrapped around her paw the instant we brought her in. She was so sweet and very smart. She dug her way out under the gate not long after we got her so her and Misty (our other dog) would get out and run around after we left. Then when she saw us coming home, she would run and get back inside the fence ... Misty never caught on to that part. lol

Lana said...

Good luck with the Methotrexate. Good call on the soft seat- you take longer rides now. Sorry to hear about Maggie. I am sure you will be greatly missed. Sending prayers and comfort your way.

Anonymous said...

Good to hear you are feeling better.
So sorry to hear about Maggie.
I know about the MTX and being constantly tired. It seems like I am always tired no matter what I do. The one thing about dirt bikes and dual sports that I never liked is having to yank off the plug wire so I coud go into the store and shop. Hang in there bud.
Rubber side down and all.
See Ya
Phil Syracuse

tharr said...

Thank you Lana, it's not been the same coming home without Maggie to greet me every day after work. I hope the lower MTX dose works. I'll keep you posted on the outcome of this experiment.

Thanks Phil. The fatigue factor or living with RA is sometimes worse than the pain. I am hoping that cutting back on MTX works.
Randall and I have talked about this before, I found a reasonably priced key switch and thought I would give it a try. Didn't know if I could figure it out or not, but it was really simple.
Hope you are doing well these days.