I know I won’t get sympathy from those of you in northern climes, but here in southern Florida, we’re not used to dealing with cold temperatures. Add into the fact my arthritis and fibromyalgia, and it makes it worse. Tonight we’re slated to get down to at least 37, if not colder.
And then we’re supposed to climb back into the 80’s later this week.
The wild temperature swings hammer at my pain. I have a plug-in handwarmer, it’s like a little heating pad with a pouch in the cover to stick my hands into. I’ve also got a couple of hoodie shirts that have long arms with built-in thumbholes, so they cover most of my hands. And I have crocheted fingerless gloves I can use.
See that temp swing? (Although here it never got quite up to 60 today, it was more like 55 if that.)
But that’s a pretty wide temperature swing for here. One of the blessedly few problems of Florida weather is when we get weather fronts like this. It might be mid-70’s one day, and down in the 40’s the next. And then back. Which, while warm is GREAT, people like me, it means our bodies can’t adjust and we end up in pain.
Cue the fibro flare.
I can already feel one trying to set in, triggered by the weather. Unfortunately, there’s not much I can do about them except hang on and try to keep warm. Weather-triggered flares aren’t preventable. :/
I feel badly for my northern neighbors. I know many of you are buried under ice and snow and I can’t imagine how you even cope with that. UGH. This is a very old house without adequate insulation. It’s wood-framed and raised, and the floor isn’t insulated. And we have a propane furnace (which is in use). Even poor Gidget is running around in a T-shirt, and our space heaters have been getting a workout. Yes, we’ve got the plants covered, because we’ll likely get frost tonight. Areas just to the north of us are under freeze warnings.
Is it summer yet? I’ll take 90+ temps and 70%+ humidity over this ANY day of the week.