Sunday, March 22, 2015

Live, Flare, Reset


I am finally back to feeling like ... at best, a second rate human being (my normal) again. People who don't live with a progressive disease can not understand that statement but I'm happy to be back to this point after my last flare episode. After my last rheumatologist appointment, my blood work came back with abnormal CRP and low vitamin D.  I am now taking a prescription mega D pill once a week. I would like to share a link I found on vitamin D that has some facts that I didn't know, perhaps it could help you as well: http://authoritynutrition.com/vitamin-d-101/

I am FINALLY getting the bike out tomorrow and planning to do a solo 150 mile ride south. I have no particular place to ride to ... just south. Often times these turn into good rides because you don't have any set destination or way point. My bike has been neglected over the winter and both bike and rider are ready to get out on the road (or more importantly back roads). 

I have been adjusting to flying my new DJI Phantom2 Vision and love it. I was excited about my first flight, I eased the control stick forward, and the Phantom2 lifted off of the ground. I eased it up to about 10 feet and let go of the sticks. I watched the GPS adjusting to maintain the exact spot, in spite of the wind, where I let go of the sticks at and then took it up to around 50 feet and then ran it through some basic maneuvers, the controls are very responsive. On the fourth flight, I decided to test out the return to home. If the transmitter link is broken, the Phantom will fly itself home using GPS based on where you "homed" it at before take off. I took a deep breath then flipped the transmitter off with the Phantom2 hovering just a few feet from where I homed it and about 10 feet off of the ground. Next thing I know it climbs to about 75 feet and then surges forward then stops. I'm frantic by now thinking it is going to do a fly away on me ... I have zero control of it at this point. Then it turns left, backs up, hovers a while then starts descending slowly. It came down, at most, a foot away from where it took off. My heart rate slowly returned to normal. Here are a few photos from Natural Dam last week.




Monday, March 2, 2015

All Flared Up And No Where To Go


As far as RA goes, I would have to give myself a C. I'm not doing the best but then again I'm doing better than others. I keep hoping that they will unveil a miracle RA drug in my lifetime but I am losing hope for me. I still wish for it for future generations of RA patients though. 

I am just coming out of the most severe flare ups that I have had in two and a half years. It hit me all at once and had me in bed for the larger part of two days this past week. I can walk comfortably again and have use, without pain, of both hands again. My back and left shoulder along with hips are still hurting but I can function with them like they are. I had to call in and take an emergency vacation last week. That pisses me off more than the flare up. I had no other option but I hate burning a week of vacation due to hurting or being sick. I have FMLA that I use for a single day once or twice a year but I don't get paid when using FMLA and I couldn't afford missing a whole weeks pay. Thanks RA, you suck.

My DJI Phantom 2 Vision drone should be here today. I did manage to go out and start my bike yesterday afternoon and let it charge a little bit ... man did it sound good just idling on the driveway. I'm pretty sure I heard it say "come on, lets go for a ride". Even though the roads were primarily clear, we had a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow, it was way too cold for me. I just pushed her back into the shop and shut the door, waiting for a better day. I hate RA and I hate winter! Haha, guess that makes me a hater.