Isn’t it amazing how the media only picks up the atypical cases of RA to promote. The average person doesn’t know the difference between OA and RA, then sees one of the media's stories or one of the drug commercials for RA and thinks “how lucky those people are to have a treatable disease”. Kelly at rawarrior.com recently wrote about a lady who was thrilled to have RA instead of lupus. I don't want to get into a "my disease is worse than your disease" war, but anyone who is "thrilled to have RA" seriously needs to have their head examined. Of course we are all different and perhaps she has a very mild onset of the disease, if so I'm happy for her but she needs to understand the full effects of RA before opening her mouth to the media. I have been very fortunate so far to maintain a somewhat active lifestyle, but I can feel myself slipping over the past two years. I also hurt every damn day, I just push myself to go on and enjoy life. It’s not something that comes natural or easy any more.
I am looking for a new rheumatologist for the time being. I have a good rheumatologist, have good insurance so what could possibly be wrong you ask? In this day of "never take anything for granted", my insurance company tried to push a new contract through while adding a clause that would relieve them from paying the full charges from any specialist. The network that my rheumatologist is in refused to sign it so therefore, I am without a rheumatologist at the end of this month. I have talked to both parties and both are pointing the finger at the other. All I know is, I am the one who is losing out in spite of paying in my healthcare premiums every month.
I have been working on my 650 and have made progress in the 6 weeks that I have owned it. I went for a short 65 mile ride this afternoon in search of an abandoned railroad bridge. I found the old railroad bed and a cool arched drainage tunnel underneath the abandoned railroad bed, but it was too muddy and rutted to take the KLR through to get to the bridge. If I would have got stuck, at 440 pounds, I would still be there trying to pull the big bike out.