Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I've Had Better Weeks

As someone who loves the outdoors I have been downright bummed by all of the cold, nasty weather we have had since Thanksgiving.  I get cabin fever quickly and the past 16 days have been no exception.  We have had freezing rain, snow and sleet with temps down to zero ... and it isn't even winter yet!  I hate winter.

My RA is running wild with all of the cold moisture we have had.  I had to call in to work FMLA tonight due to my right hand.  I am experiencing severe pain, swelling and cannot use it to grip or pretty much do anything.  I hurt everyday and work with pain but this was different.  I have had FMLA filled out on my RA for the past seven or maybe eight years now ... this is only the second time I have used it.  Yeah, it hurts that bad.  On top of my RA, Donna gave me the crud that she had brought home from working at the hospital.  I have been sick as a dog but I'm finally feeling better.  Have I mentioned I hate winter?

My bikes are feeling neglected.  I haven't even started my KLR since before Thanksgiving.  I have a couple of new parts that I haven't felt like messing with.  I downloaded BaseCamp for my GPS to map out rides then load them into my GPS ... I just need to get it figured out now.  I'm no longer a techie.  I used to love new stuff, now I put off switching as long as I can.  Like when they fazed out VHS tapes to DVD's, then DVD's to Blu-ray.  Whatever comes next after Blu-ray will just have to move on without me.  I have new camping gear bookmarked so I will be camping some off of the bike next year.  Looking forward to that, now I just need it to warm up!  Oh, my bikes hate winter also.

After borrowing my KLR a few weeks ago, one of my riding buddies just bought a new KLR. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.  May you stay warm, safe and surrounded by family.


Cathy said...

Stinkin' weather. I have had the same thing going on here in the Chicago area - a flare since Thanksgiving. I'm glad you are starting to feel some relief and hope the trend continues so you can enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

mary said...

I'm right there with you. Same thing here on the east coast, cold,rain ice and snow. May warm up this weekend, thank goodness.

I have been out on FMLA for over a month from that accident I had. Having your rt hand in a cast and left shoulder separated is not condusive to working. NJ has paid FMLA and between that and my sick time it is working out. I am going to stay out until I feel like working won't damage anything. I just can't see risking perminemt damage that would add to my daily pain level forever.

Enjoy your Christmas and may the new year bring you good health and warm weather.

Terry said...

Cathy, just hang on, winter will be here soon. Maybe it will warm up when winter hits! lol You know I'm not feeling good when I have 3 new things for my bike sitting in the corner and haven't touched them. Hope your weather and flare ease soon.

Mary, I think everyone but the people in Florida have been in on this stupid weather! If I wanted cold weather, I'd live in Alaska. Paid FMLA would be wonderful! We don't have it paid but it is a relief to take off work when needed and not worry about attendance issues. Hope you heal fast with no complications.