I went to my rheumatologist (why does my computer always insist that I am misspelling rheumatologist?) this past Thursday and had several topics to discuss with him. He is concerned about my hips and right hand mostly. Instead of switching meds (I was dreading that) or upping the dose of my current meds, he believes that I am just in a bad spot and wants me to take two ibuprofen or aleve twice daily then wants to see me in two months instead of the normal four months. After checking the results of last weeks blood work and checking my joints and flexibility, he doesn't believe that I am slipping backwards, he thinks I will bounce back soon to my semi-normal life. I fully trust my doctor, he has seen me through several rough times previously. I also like the fact that he is not quick to just chock my current condition to meds and recommend a change in drugs and push me out the door. We have been down this road before and he will exhaust several options before falling back to change drugs. What is normally a fairly quick 20-30 minute office visit was an hour long this time. He also wrote a prescription for an adjustable bed, we will see how my insurance company (United Healthcare) responds to that.
I spent part of this morning with my daughter, who has her own photography business, and got to play with her new $5500 digital SLR. We drove out to the Fort Smith National Cemetery and took some pictures. It is humbling, walking around and looking at the head stones, each one decorated with an American flag for this weekend, listening to the large flags rustle in the breeze. You cannot walk through this cemetery and not realize the sacrifice that these soldiers made for us.
While on vacation last week, I was not able to go do the ride that we had planned to, but I did manage to ride 508 miles. I also got to spend one day riding with long time best friend and ex racing buddy Mike. We rode out to one of a few fire towers left in our area, then I proceeded to drag his happy butt all over the place. Mike is still healthy and very capable of riding hard core trails so I didn't know how he would like what I have been reduced to riding now. He said he is ready to come back for more. I have a couple of items coming for my KLR and that should just about wrap up my bike build. One thing I still want to add is heated grips due to the damage from RA in my hands. Cold hurts them and I have had to pass on riding days due to my hands before. I would never have believed I would have a bike with heated grips just a couple of years ago. Anything to keep me riding ... it's a big part of my therapy for RA!