So this morning I though it finally feels like winters here. Our alarm went off and the last thing I wanted to do was crawl out of bed as our room was so cold. I sluggishly got ready for work and as soon as I opened the front door I had a lovely little surprise . . . . two beautiful just opened red rose buds. It's nearly December, I have a rose bush in flower and my fuchsias are still flowering strong what's going on!
Everyone knows I'm not good with the cold weather. I love the frosts and freshly fallen snow but I hate the cold. I have a condition called Raynaud's phenomenon, have a look on Wikipedia. My hubby and I used to call it the finger before I was diagnosed, as when it's mild one finger on each hand will turn white where these just no blood flow. A couple of years back it got so bad that I had chillblains in my hands and feet for months. It was so painful but as my feet and hands warmed up after being outside it felt like being stabbed with millions of needles. It's strange to think that my own body's defence mechanism could give me frost bite! The slightest drop in temperature can cause my blood vessels in my toes and fingers to shut down.
So I finally went to the doctors as I felt it was seriously affecting the quality of my life, he told me it was the worse case he has personally seen. He put me on some medication for the winter to open out my blood vessels and to start with they worked a treat but then with the mildest of exercise I started dripping with sweat! This year I've chosen not to take the medication and I'm trying a different approach. I've bought lots of thermal layers - who would have thought thermals could be attractive? Thanks M&S! Also if I know in going into the cold for long I'll take a thermos, I read that if your cold it's best to warm from the inside out, if your core is warm you body will push more blood to you limbs etc.
So far winter has been quite mild and I've only lost the feeling in my fingers and toes a couple of times. I'll keep you updated if I find a good treatment or cure for it!
I'm off to Bristol this weekend for hopefully our last bit of Christmas shopping. It'll also be a nice day out for the two of us. I wonder if Hubby remembers his promise to me that the next time were in Bristol we're eating at Yo Sushi? :-)
Also some cute news my 6 month old niece Jazmine has got her first tooth! I'll get you a photo as soon as I can.
I think that's the end of my random rambling for now!
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