Monday, July 8, 2013

Dog Days Of Summer


I want to ride today but just can't push myself to do it.  Chronic fatigue (along with RA) sucks.  I honestly can't remember what it was like to not hurt or to feel rested when you wake up. It must have been great though! I had an extremely rough week at work last week.  Twelve hours is a long shift when you don't have any problems, throw in feeling sick or living with what we have everyday and they can seem like an eternity.  My last work day last week I was hurting before I ever got out of bed and considered calling in FMLA.  I have had FMLA papers filled out for the last 7 years at work (I have only used it one day in 7 years) but chose to go on to work anyway.  Just the weight of the sheets, while laying in bed, was hurting my feet and I knew 12 hours on concrete in steel toe work boots was going to be brutal.  Throw on top of my feet hurting, my right shoulder, hands and hips ... I will be alright just as long as I don't have to climb the stairs tonight.  When I get to work, they started a new page in the continuing chapter of "look what we can make you do now".  Yep ... we now have to climb the stairs every fifth roll and take readings on the paper.  I was hurting so badly by 11pm that I seriously considered going home.  If it wasn't for needing the money I would have, but I pushed on while taking three Tylenol Arthritis.  The TA finally started working around 2am and I stuck it out but I could barely walk by 7am when the shift ended.  I went home, crawled in bed and slept til 5pm.  Donna is out of town for the week so I fed the animals, watched a movie and went back to bed and slept til 8am this morning.  I am feeling better today but I absolutely could not have made it if I would have had to work last night.

Donna found something that has proven very useful to me.  Putting my socks and shoes on is very painful for me and she brought something home for me to try.  When I looked at it, I immediately thought, "you just wasted your money on this stupid thing".  It is a sock aid and after using it for two weeks I have to admit it is priceless to me now.  If you have difficulty or pain putting socks on, you should look into this. It is a plastic half tube with straps on it, you stretch your sock over it, drop it on the floor holding the straps and pull it up onto your foot.  Once your foot is positioned in the tube, you pull it and it follows the contour of your heel and stretches the sock onto your foot and slides out as the sock is on.  Pretty cool, don't know if it would be worth it to any of you, just thought I would pass it on.



It is back up too the 100 degree mark and the temps (along with feeling like crap right now) have kept me from doing any good rides.  I recently learned of an abandoned bridge (my favorite) about 60 miles form my house so as soon as I get back on the bike, thats the first place I am headed.  It shouldn't be too hard to locate I think I have some pretty good directions but hunting them is part of the fun.  It will be rugged, from what I understand, the road no longer exists either so I my need to take the KTM out to look for it.  Should be cool though, an abandoned bridge over a large creek out in the middle of the woods.

On my last post I mentioned shooting a M-10.  Below is a photo of some of the guns we had out there.  Yes ... I may hang out with some scary friends but I know where I'm going when the Zombie Apocalypse happens!  Btw, they really aren't scary people, they were both in Iraq for a combined 13 years. 

7 comments:

Wren said...

Hey! Those formidable firearms look perfect for zombie rabbits, squirrels and deer, too! ;)

Okay, seriously. Terry, I'm so sorry you're battling such pain these days. It's been a long time since my RA was that bad, but I remember like it was yesterday how truly awful that pain can be. When you said that the sheet hurts your feet, the memory hit me like a ton of bricks.

You're very tough, my friend, forcing yourself to work in spite of hurting like that. But as you say, it's the paycheck. Maybe it's time to see your rheumatologist again about pain levels and appropriate painkillers?

I hope you get to go find that bridge soon, Terry. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos of it. Sending calm and patience your way...

Terry said...

Haha, those pesky varmints don't stand a chance now!

I'm glad you're in a better place with your RA currently. May it last for you. Just the weight of the sheet felt like a 20lb or more weight and was actually hurting my toes and feet. I pulled my feet out from under the sheet just before getting up, for a little relief. Try telling that to someone who doesn't have RA and they will think I'm making it up!

I will find the bridge when I am up to it and I will be sure and post a couple of photos of it. I always look forward to your comments Wren. They are always uplifting and encouraging. Thank you for both your comments and your friendship.

mary said...

Sorry to hear your struggling. I don't' know how you stand all night at work. I would be crushed if I had to do that. As Wren said,it may be time for some pain med adjustments. I had to break down last year and ask for something and frankly I don't know if I would still be working without them. Hoping for some relief and cooler weather for you soon.

Terry said...

Thanks Mary, 12 hours is a long time to do something you like to do much less being confined to work for 12 hours at a time. But the days off are nice too ... I work 3 days/off 4 one week then 4/off 3 the next. I am going to talk to my rheumatologist about changing meds my next visit. Think its officially time now. Hope all is going well for you.

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