Well, I am back to my semi normal life. No one living with a chronic disease will ever have a normal life again. It is time for me to finally admit it ... I have struggled with this and kept thinking (wishing) that it was just circumstances at that particular moment. Nope, it's not and it's time to face up to the fact that I am going downhill. I am going back to my rheumatologist in 2 weeks so this is first thing on my list to talk with him about. My hips are bothering me a lot and my right hand has been hurting with different degrees of swelling. I don't know if this means an increase in my meds, switching meds or if it is just something I will have to live with.
I rode last weekend and at the 100 mile mark my right hand was starting to hurt (not normal hurt - bad hurt). I finished with 150 miles and my hand and hips hurt me for the next 2 days. This has altered my vacation plans yet again. I had originally planned to go to Colorado and ride part of the Trans America Trail but the long truck ride out to Colorado rendered me useless the first day on our last trip out there. We decided instead that we would ride the Mississipppi Hill Country loop (2 day 510 miles) of the Trans America Trail instead. Not only am I having problems, Randall's doctor switched his meds and he is having migraines more frequently as well. We are still wanting to do the ride, just when we are both doing better. We decided against this plan yesterday since both of us are having problems now but we don't know where we are going to ride now.
I am also trying to come to terms with selling the KTM. I can no longer ride it comfortably but I don't know if I can sell, hands down, the best motorcycle I have ever owned. I know that I should, but I have put so much time into the bike build to make it what it is plus the horsepower and handling are unmatched by anything. Mike is coming down to ride it while I am on vacation. If he is still interested, we will go from there.