It’s nice to be back at the keyboard after a two week hiatus with two trips…one to San Francisco for a work conference and one to Illinois for a church conference. Since being on Enbrel for almost 3 months now, I’ve felt like I’ve been doing quite well. I’d say about 70% of normal energy and 50% better on joint pain. So, off on two major trips I went.
Travel is always stressful for me. There are the long lines, waiting, shuttling around, flying in cramped quarters, luggage, new foods, time changes, climate differences, and sleeping in unfamiliar beds. I had great times in both places. SF is always beautiful and I stayed right on the waterfront at Enbarcodero. The highlights included a visit to Chinatown (I actually walked there twice…my knee reminded me) and eating the most amazing halibut steak I’ve ever had. I got back home, had a couple days rest, and then headed off to the heat and humidity of Illinois. Given the time and climate changes, this trip was harder but I coasted along because I enjoyed going back to where I used to live, visiting friends, and attending an amazing church conference. I received prayer for RA several times. No changes yet but I’m always hopeful.
Upon getting home, I had a two days to get ready for my summer teaching assignments and a week long visit from my in-laws. Yesterday, everything caught up with me and RA and fatigue raised it’s ugly head. The morning started out fine. I felt rested and everything was in place. But by noon I had lost my appetite and was crashing on the sofa. My visiting family wanted to visit Pike’s Market in Seattle so I got up and served as a tour guide. Upon getting home, I once again hit the couch for a long nap. By 8:00 p.m., I was done. I ate, jumped in the hot tub, and went to bed promptly falling asleep. The previous two weeks finally caught up with me.
I felt guilty that I crashed right at the time of the visit of my in-laws. My wife knew what was going down but they weren’t aware of what RA is doing to me. But I can point to several good things to come out of this series of events. I see that this could be an educational time for my extended family. They know I have RA but probably don’t understand all the symptoms. I’ve learned (once again the hard way) to slow down and not push myself so hard. When my body screams at me for rest, I have to stop, tell everyone no, get some rest, and not feel guilty about it. They all ran off to Mt. Rainer today and I headed into the office for the day. I got good sleep last night and It actually feels good to be sitting quietly and back in a normal routine. Maybe next time I won’t plan so much (probably not…I’m stubborn)!