Guys. It’s gross out. It’s been raining all morning and I think it’s supposed to rain for the rest of the day. Yesterday was gorgeous — we got up into the high 60’s — but today is just blah.
For the first time really, I’m noticing how the weather affects my pain levels. I think it’s because I’m finally paying attention to all potential life and environmental factors and how they might be influencing me. Last week I had a beer for some pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at my school and the next morning I woke up completely sore. My arms hurt, my legs hurt — everything hurt. Just one beer triggered a major flare-up. Wine doesn’t seem to do that to me, but beer does. That’s alright, though, because I really don’t like beer and I probably wouldn’t drink one just for kicks.
The weather is a problem, however, since it’s not something I can avoid or control. Rain seems to be the worst, as well as sudden weather changes. I’ve also noticed that high humidity increases my pain and I’m really sensitive to it — I know it’s humid long before I even go outside (typically I’ll be sweating and unable to sleep during the night as the humidity rises), while the rest of my family has no idea until they leave the house. There hasn’t been a big thunderstorm since my fibro has gotten worse, so I’m not sure what that’ll do. It also hasn’t been that warm since it’s gotten worse, so we’ll have to see what high heat does this summer. Cold isn’t fun, but it’s not terrible either. Finally, I’ve noticed that the time change seems to have thrown my body a bit out of sorts — I really hate adjusting to changing times.
Overall, a pretty blah day. My legs really hurt, which made going and staying asleep difficult last night. And now my arms really hurt, making typing this kind of difficult and painful. I think I’m going to make a trip to the chiropractor this week to get some adjustments done and see if that helps. I also have a sports medicine appointment tomorrow for my hips, so we’ll see how that goes. And, finally, a dentist appointment later in the week (which is always kind of awful — I have a hard time getting the dental hygienists to understand that I can’t keep my mouth open for six or seven minutes at a time like others probably can. It hurts too much, and I pretty much leave the office exhausted and flaring every time). In the mean time, I’m just going to try to relax and enjoy my spring break (key word — “try.” I realized as I was leaving school that I had completely forgotten to take an online exam that was due. So I’m trying to get that worked out with my professor. I really need to get this memory stuff fixed — hopefully this won’t stress me out too much this week!) and work on turning my antique mall-found apple crates into an awesome DIY coffee table and end table! Pictures of the process will definitely be posted!