Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thank You Healthline

I was pleasantly surprised to find that RA Adventure Rider made Healthline's list of the Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs of 2016! I have not been as persistent lately but will strive to get back on track. Thank you Healthline and Nicole.
After this months infusion, I received a call about my blood work. My D was low ... no surprise there. My B-12 was also low ... not much of a surprise. Oh, and my thyroid was low ... ok, you got me there. I had to go back in for more blood work last week to verify that my thyroid is indeed low before we make a move (more meds I assume). However, not to wish a bad situation on myself, but I'm kind of excited about it. Low thyroid can lead to hand and foot pain, fatigue, unexplained weight gain (15 lbs since last fall) and extreme sleepiness. Of course there are several more but these are the (my) main ones that jumped out as soon as I began researching it. If it is low, and I can get it back under control, maybe ... just maybe, I will feel a little better and more like doing things again. See what I'm wishing for now?
I got the bike out for only one short ride but again, it just felt good to be riding. I need to pull some maintenance on it soon but just can't make myself get out to the shop and do it. Hopefully this is the low thyroid problem ... I hate thinking that I have become this lax on bike maintenace and repair. I have always enjoyed working on my bikes in the past.
I have been photographing downtown at night and am enjoying the challenge of shooting after dark. There is a bit of a learning process, more trial and error but with digital, you see instant results and can make corrections and continue shooting. In the old days you had to send film off then wait 2-3 days before seeing how bad you screwed up. Plus film and processing wasn't cheap.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Road Trips

I have been feeling better over the past month and on last months visit to my rheumatologist, I go in once a month for an infusion and blood work, discovered what I already knew. My swelling and inflammation is down while my vitamin D level is also down. I am used to my D being down, no big deal.
I got the bike out two weeks ago and rode over west to photograph an old bridge. Very unglamorous ride, all asphalt with little to see but it sure felt good to be back on the bike! I'm not sure which of us was happier, me or my bike.  I did a short ride down by the Arkansas River last week and am going somewhere tomorrow. I'm not up to doing long rides yet but very happy to feel up to being able to ride again.
I met with Greg last Tuesday and we headed out at dark to do some light painting at a waterfall close by. It was our first time and we learned quite a bit. The photos at the bottom are of that.