Wanted to mention before I forget: my RA is not bothering me one bit. I am seriously impressed with the minocycline. It rained last night and this morning, and I have no swelling or joint pain at all. It really is remarkable. This evening, I opened a coffee can using one of those sadistic old-fashioned turn-key can openers... last year, or even two months ago, I wouldn't have been able to do that at all, yet tonight I did it easily, with no after-effects.
I did manage to tweak my piriformis yesterday rushing DS2 to the bathroom at Good Will Park... rest and stretching are helping it, though. I am being a good girl and doing my SI strengthening/stabilizing exercises both in the morning and in the evening. I think that is helping a lot.
I still have considerable fatigue, but it's impossible to tell whether that is from the thyroid or from the time change or just constantly having to be "on" with the 3 kids and no one to hand them off to... I've been getting to bed at decent hours (especially considering the 3 hour time difference), but haven't been taking the Ambien because I need to hear the kids if they have trouble in the middle of the night, and I need to be able to get up! I'm afraid if I take the Ambien I might not be able to do either... still, the fatigue is not unbearable. Once DH arrives I can go back to taking the Ambien and see if it helps.
Diet was great until today, when I had ice cream in Woods Hole and then some of my Mom's fried potatoes with dinner, and then some popcorn after dinner. What is up with that? I have no idea. The ice cream was divine, though, as were the potatoes. I'm having my coffee now and thoroughly enjoying it. The rapid transit problem is a thing of the past, yay! It's so nice to have normal digestion again.