Monday, August 8, 2011

My Life With RA ... Day 2951

Woohooo!  We had a bit of a cool down today.  It was heavily overcast most of the day with a slight breeze ... the temp only made it to 101.  While that is hot, we have been in the 110-117 range the last two weeks ... it honestly felt nice outside.  Sooo, after a quick text to David, we decided we need to work in a short little ride this afternoon.  He rode over to my house and we left from there riding up Highway 253 to Bonanza, then rode the back roads over to lock and dam 14 on the Arkansas River.  The river is getting pretty low in the midst of the summer drought for 2011.  It was a pleasant ride in spite of the heat, hitting sprinkles (we could see the rain a few miles away but it never got to us) a couple of times.  I am still not completely healed up from my surgery but it felt so good to be out riding today, I wasn't going to let a little pain stop me.  We stopped to take a couple of photos of one of my favorite iron truss bridges.  It was built in 1911 and is just absolutely massive for being built before cars were in use.  The deck of the old bridge is a good 20 feet lower than the new concrete bridge next to it.  While the deck has quite a bit of decay on it now, it is still a beauty.  After a 55 mile ride, we arrived back home and did not realize we were so hot until we walked in to the air conditioned house.  David opted for wearing jeans and a t-shirt today while I stuck with riding pants and a jersey ... we were equally hot by the end of the ride.
I have some good news on the MTX from my last post.  I did up the dosage last week from 2 to 3 and I felt much better this past week. This is good news because I know that my body will not respond that quickly to a change in dosage so I think that I may be ok in the future with just 2 MTX per week.  With all of the side effects from the MTX, cutting back any is good.

In my previous post, I touched on the fact that I do not ride pain free but the thrill I get from riding far outweighs any pain I experience.  I would like to add that my riding gives me something to live for and look forward to.  A distraction, if you will, from the constant agony of living with RA day in and day out.  We all need a hobby or pass time to focus on and help keep our minds off of the pain.  When not riding, I enjoy working on my bike and getting the maps in front of the computer to lay out rides that have specific points of interests to see.  I have been hunting down old iron truss bridges for sometime and am just starting my research of old fire towers still in use around us.  I plan on climbing some of these if I feel good enough when I track them down.  I'll keep you updated on that progress.


deb aka murphthesurf said...

I couldn't agree with you more about having a hobby to keep us alive! I am sooo glad you enjoyed your ride and loved the pictures. I am looking forward to your tower exploration as I have never heard of these before and love to learn new things. Ride on!

tharr said...

Hello Deb, I couldn't imagine living with this disease without having a hobby or some type of distraction.

Fire fighters would stand in the towers to watch for signs of smoke in the national forests. Arkansas once had 122, I believe they have somewhere around 40 left standing now.

Cathy said...

I agree, any reduction in medication is a good thing. Congrats on reducing methotrexate.