Weathering The Transition Between Winter And Spring
I know I’ve talked about weather before. And I know those of us with RA are effected to varying degrees by the weather, where some people aren’t really impacted by the weather at all, and others of us have to plan our lives around it.
For me, the weather is a problem. Most days, when it rains, I don’t feel good.
And this winter was extremely difficult. It was eternally long and cold. I didn’t think it was ever going to end. And then we got seduced with a few nice days, but we were promptly thrown back into the throes of winter.
Finally, the weather has seemed to have broken, and it has been consistently nice out.
On the one hand, I love the warmer weather and the sun.
The cold is particularly difficult on my joints.
On the other hand, the change from winter to spring has thrown my body for a loop. And ever since the weather broke, I have been flaring.
It’s not fun to want to spend all day outside when you can barely get off of the couch because your joints hurt.
It’s an extremely frustrating series of events. It’s nice out. I want to feel good. I should feel good.
Especially after that awful winter, anything should be better than that.
But my body is saying no.
My body is rebelling.
And it seems like no matter how hard I try, I can’t shake this feeling of malaise and pain.
I know that once we move from spring to summer, the high humidity will cause my lupus to be even more of a problem, and that brings up a whole other set of issues.
Seems like I just can’t win, weather-wise.
I recently took a trip to California and while it was winter in New York, it felt like summer in San Francisco. It was between 75 and 80, low humidity, and sunny the whole trip.
But I worry that if I move there, I wouldn’t look forward to visiting very many other places because of the consistently nice weather that Northern California has.
Plus, I’m a Midwestern girl at heart.
So even though I’m living on the East Coast right now and love the weather of parts of the West Coast, I think I’ll suck it up and deal with the weather, good, bad, and in between.
How does your pet support your RA journey?