Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hurry Up Spring

It's no secret that this winter has been very harsh on me and my RA.  In short, I have grown to dread and hate winters now.  I want to feel good 3 or 4 days a week instead of the 1 or 2 that I am having this winter.  By feeling good, I don't mean be able to do anything I want.  Oh no, I am simply talking about feeling like participating in life without too much resistance from my body.  I had a ride planned for this past Sunday, but I could barely get out of bed.  After hobbling around with my hips, knees, feet, back and right shoulder hurting, I called the guys and told them to go on without me.  Worst part is it was 68 degrees and I didn't even feel up to working on my bike in the garage.  Saturday night I slept for 12.5 hours and wound up going to bed at 8pm Sunday night.  Woohoo, thats right ... I'm a one man party machine!

I have been experiencing above normal hand pain this winter and have been using corn bags that you warm up in the microwave and then put on your hands.  They help most of the time for a couple of hours.  Any relief is good relief.

We bought a very lightly used Ford Edge for Donna and she loves it. Plush ride with the keyless entry keypad (Donna locks her keys in her vehicle a LOT), plus it is getting good mileage in town.  I told her that it would be real nice to take to New Mexico this spring/early summer when Randall and I go out there to ride. She said "go ahead and take it".  I was expecting a fight out of her. lol
I have the auxiliary lights mounted and working on my bike now.  boy, what a difference they make too.  I have a few pictures of the lights below, just waiting for some days that I feel up to riding again.  Spring cannot get here quick enough for me!
Lights mounted on forks.
Lights on with low beam on headlight.
Aluminum mount by Twin Headlight Ernie.
Dash board added for switches for aux lights and heated grips.

Bike with low beam on.
Aux lights with low beam on.  Unbelievable how much better you can see with them on.


Wren said...

Aw, Terry, I'm so sorry that you've had such a rough, painful ride with winter this year. To my mind, winter should be a peaceful, restful season, easy to appreciate for its spare but special beauties. But that's really hard when it brings on constant pain, disability and fatigue.

Thank goodness for toasty corn bags and microwaves!

Spring IS coming. Hang in there, m'friend. It won't be long before you'll be riding high outdoors again, loving the thrill of fresh air, speed and beautiful surroundings. I'm sending comfort and warm thoughts your way.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Wren about winter and at the same time have had horrible knucle problems on both hands this year. I used these Flector patches that are the same thing as the voltaren that you used as a cream and they helped a bit.
Spring will come sooner than you think, just keep busy. By the way, very nice work on the bike.
Hang in there.

Phil - Syr

Terry said...

Wren, spring can't get here soon enough ... I am just hoping that I spring back to my old semi normal self once it warms back up. The Voltaren Gel, hot tub and bags you warm up in the microwave have been my friends this winter. Haha I'm ready to ride, but more ready to just feel semi good again. Thanks for the warm thoughts!

Phil, hate to hear it has you down too. Whatever it takes to get us through it, right buddy? I hope spring will be kind to both of us. Thanks on the bike compliment. I have heated grips to add and a different seat and I will be finished with it.

Cathy said...

By February, I can't wait for spring. By this time of the year I am tired of the lack of sun, the cold, and the snow. My husband and I both woke up this morning complaining of joint pain. Blah! Hurry up spring!

mary said...

Spring can't come soon enough for me. Put my bike in the shop yesterday for a tune up and hope to be riding again soon. Like you I'm hoping for a health improvement as the weather improves.

Terry said...

Cathy and Mary, our weather has been crazy all winter. 70 degrees then 2 days later ice and snow. I am hoping some stability in temps, once it warms up will help. I'm with you Cathy on the sun, I don't mind a dark dreary day every once in a while, but enough is enough!

Lana said...

Ditto on the winter and RA. I live in NE Ohio so the winters here are more brutal than where you live. I am sorry that you had to miss a ride due to the darn fun that RA puts us through. Like you, my flare ups force me to sleep more and no matter how much extra sleep I get, I don’t feel rested until the flare passes. Enjoy New Mexico and hopefully, the weather doesn’t hold you back from any more road trips.

Terry said...

Thank you Lana, I know that I don't have it near as bad as some of you, but it still hurts me. Missing the ride isn't nearly as big as a deal as getting over the flare ups. I can always ride another day.Not sure when we are doing the NM ride but it will be a good time! Hope you are feeling better by now.