So, I’m on vacation. We flew out on the 11th, stayed a few days in a nice hotel with my folks, and then went up to the lake in the mountains. The last day at the hotel, my dad suggested that we do a few miles of whitewater kayaking. Being a bit of an adrenaline junky, I love me some whitewater. Mom doesn’t usually participate in very physical stuff, so it was me, dad, and the fiance.
It was a great time, and while I had some sore, tired muscles at the end, I thought that it had gone well. My back didn’t hurt, and I didn’t hurt anything while I was rafting.
Enter the next day. My hands and wrists were swollen up bigger than they have been the whole time I’ve had this maybe-rheumatoid arthritis, and so painful that even with a vicodin added to my normal pain meds, I couldn’t sleep from the pain. The tendonitis in my forearms is the worst I’ve ever had it. My biceps are sore. It astonishes me that I don’t have any backpain, though.
Four days later, I’m still puffy and painful in the hands and wrists, and the tendonitis in my forearms is still actively painful instead of just acting up when I do something specific that annoys them. I did finally buy tendonitis straps yesterday, and it seems to have made things improve dramatically. Sadly, the drug store didn’t have the arthritis support gloves you see so often, so I don’t have anything to help with my hands.
Other than that, the vacation has been amazing. This whole trip has been in dry country, first the high desert, and now a relatively dry alpine climate. I can’t express to you how much better I feel when I’m a drier place. If it weren’t for the trouble I’ve had sleeping due to pain (and a relatively hard bed), this vacation would be pretty well perfect physically.
It’s a small family reunion, so my fiance has gotten to meet the far north branch of the family that never comes to anything and the central coast folks as well (who likewise rarely come to anything). All told, there are just over 20 of us now with another 3 expected today. He’s getting on well with him, and coming out of his shell nicely.
Tomorrow, we have rented a waterski boat. I know that I shouldn’t, but I am going out. I will definitely go tubing behind the boat, and I’m thinking about also using the kneeboard. I’m probably not waterskiing, though – I was never all that good at it, and it means a lot more stress on my hands than kneeboarding.
Hudson approves of our vacation local because there is lots of grass for him to use for doing his business, not to mention that there are critter smells – squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, and there’s a chance of the occasional coyote or bear. He’s not sure about all of my kin, mostly because we’ve all been packing into one livingroom/diningroom together for dinner. The crowd makes him a bit anxious, but a few at a time he likes most of them. My nephew, Gavin, has been making him a bit nervous when he hops around (as 3 year olds are wont to do), and my cousin’s 4-year old makes him very anxious – probably because he’s not as gentle as he ought to be and because the damn kid won’t leave him alone unless I run him off. I get very concerned when I see a dog moving away from a kid and the kid following – that’s asking for a bite. And the last thing I want is a dogbite incident involving Hudson!
Anyhow, I hope you are all well and enjoying the tail end of summer.