And just like that, March is just around the corner, bringing the Northern Hemisphere promises of lovely sunshine and budding flowers, and for the Southern Hemisphere, a welcome reprieve of impending cooler temperatures. For many of us in notoriously sunny San Diego, this Winter has been very, very cold. If you’re from back East or the Midwest you’d likely chuckle at our ‘cold weather’ while thinking if-you-only-knew-what-cold-feels-like. I get that, I’ve lived in areas with colder climates, but you acclimate to where you are (which I read takes about two weeks for a healthy person…hey… I used to be one of those 😉). Since ‘very, very cold’ could mean many things to many people, I’ll put it into perspective. Inside my home the range has been between 60F-65F (15C-18C). Cue the fluffy socks, sweatshirts, and cozy blankets.
If you experience temperature intolerance due to your chronic illness you’ll understand my bodies ridiculously teensy ‘acceptable’ range, it’s about 72F–78F (22C-25C). Anything outside that range and oh boy all kinds of bells-and-whistles start alerting me to impending danger. No worries though, I’m very familiar with the false alarms and deal with them accordingly, oddly though even before I was sick, actually as far back as I can remember I was always colder than everyone else. One of those things that you think back on when you get a chronic illness later in life and think, hmm was that a warning sign that there was a quirk in the system all the way back when I was a kiddo? Probably. I’ve mentioned before on here how I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, but it never went away, yet I don’t test positive for rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s the exact same pain as my fibromyalgia pain and is triggered the exact same way. The only thing that’s changed with my temperature intolerance is that since MECFS onset I can no longer tolerate heat either. My head feels intense pressure and pain and my heartrate shoots for the moon. I used to love the heat, love it! So now I’m this fickle little princess who dresses in layers, owns many sweaters, sweat suits, and fluffy socks and is just so fun to be around when it’s too cold or too hot. 😊 Ask my family they will
not back me up on that one. Wondering if anyone else had a temperature intolerance before becoming diagnosed with a chronic illness?
As you can probably tell I didn’t have much to talk about this week, my brain has been in hide-n-seek mode, which I’ve grown accustomed to so I’m trying to go easy on it here. I actually forgot it was ‘blog Tuesday’ as I call it. So, if you’re still down here reading my ramblings, thank you, and I’ll assume you’re probably a regular here, so I’ll share with you the highlight of my week, month! We got a new bed. Yiipppeee! I jokingly told my son, “Look at my new whip!”, because I spend my life in bed, so it’s kind of a big deal. 😊 The bed does the raise the head, raise the feet, sit you up to watch TV or eat thing, so once I’m brave enough I’m going to try it out for help with POTS. But what I’m wondering is for POTS should I raise my head and feet? Or just my head? I read about 5 inches should be good. Wondering if anyone has any experience or tips and tricks? Please feel free to share in the comments.
Thank you for stopping by today and I apologize for my ramblings. I’m cold, my brain is foggy, I’m still grieving, and I’m looking forward to Spring. My favorite part of Spring, aside from more tolerable temperatures? The blooming flowers!! Hoping to be able to be near where bunches of them are abloom, and hoping you are too. I used to love to spend the day wandering around botanical gardens before MECFS, but now Carlsbad Flower Fields is one of my favorite spots! If you live in or visit the San Diego area between Mid-March to Mid-April, the flower fields are a site to behold, even from your car. A few more teddy bears as I follow along with world watercolors daily prompt on Instagram. Hoping today has been treating you kindly, I’d love to hear what you’re most looking forward to this Spring, and wishing you a great rest of the month. 🌸