Let it thaw, let it thaw, let it thaw …

December 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 6 Comments
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Actually I’ve been rather enjoying our unusually large amount of snow … mostly! I’m sure the North North Americans and Canadians must be laughing, but we must have had all of about five inches in places – that’s LOADS for us! Apart from de-icing the car, which is always a slightly painful process that I need hubby’s help with, the snow doesn’t seem to have had any kind of bad effect on my rheumatoid arthritis, which is great! Of couse if I let myself get chilled then I stiffen up, but that’s the cold rather than the snow.

I did try to take some pretty photos when it was looking gorgeous the other day, but as I didn’t venture any further than our small back garden I didn’t get anything too spectacular! Hubby and I talked about going for a walk right through the weekend, but it never got past talking. At one stage he said, ‘I’ll go for a walk if you really want to…’ and I said that I’d been just about to say the same thing to him … so we didn’t bother! I’m sure I missed some great photo opportunities but then again the snow was a great excuse to stay in and warm and snug and cosy and got lots of City & Guilds embroidery stuff done!

However, even though I suppose a White Christmas would be kind of nice, I’m now quite ready for a thaw, thank you! Winter Wonderland is all very well, but I’d prefer safe roads and safe pavements!



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  1. Let it thaw, let it thaw, let it thaw… ;o)

    It’s been very pretty, but now I want to be able to go out again on foot and in the car without having to worry about slipping.

  2. You know, that’s the real issue with winter snow — roads and slippery walks. If we could all just stay in and drink hot toddies, or only go out when we felt like for a snowball fight or to build snow dragons, snowy days would be totally delightful.

    Oh, well. At least it was pretty. Glad you and yours are doing well, Polly.

  3. Merry Christmas, Polly! This year you’ve got more snow than we do in my bit of Canada. It poured rain all day!

    Hope you’re staying warm and cozy, and having a lovely holiday.

  4. We had almost a complete thaw by Christmas day – almost, but not quite! Went for a rather slippery walk/skate on boxing day – icy underfoot but no snow on the fields – worst of both worlds! Other than that, fab Christmas hols so far! Hope everyone else can say the same. :o)

  5. Hi Polly,
    I live in Northern Ontario, Canada and we do have a lot of snow! (probably obviously). The problem here with RA is the humidity, unfortunately. It wreaks a lot more havoc I find, on the RA. The spring and fall are the worst. My family call me the “family barometer” because I ache so bad the day before rain or a lot of humidity/climate changes. I’m wondering if anyone else notices this in certain areas the same way?
    We recently took a trip to Phoenix, Arizona and the pain let up so much that I felt like I was in remission. If we could only move there, we would. I’ve had RA for 20 years now, and its getting progressively worse unfortunately including lungs and heart. Hopefully the new TNF blocker is going to work!
    I’m going to check back often to see if anyone would like to add any experiences with weather. Thanks!

  6. Good luck with the new TNF blocker, Bertie! I have a horrible time of it too the day before a big storm (or even a middle-sized storm for that matter), but only when things are bad anyway. I have this vague theory that it’s hormones first and weather second with me, but that doesn’t always work either, and it’s different for everyone. There are several posts about the weather on here somewhere, some with comments from others. I think you might find them if you do a search for the tag ‘storm’.

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