Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Yikes!


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Temps have mostly been below freezing in my part of PA for a couple of weeks now. And I can't seem to get myself warm enough.

As I was dashing to the car, the other day, I was too impatient to put gloves on. About ten minutes into my drive I looked down at my hand and noticed that my hand was a purple-ish red-ish color. All except about a one inch portion of skin that was a brilliant white color. When I poked the area it was completely numb. It was a very freaky experience to me as I have never had something quite like that happen to me before. Fortunately my mom was in the car with me. When I showed her my hand she said, "Oh yeah, You're dealing Raynaud's. That's what I have happen too.".

According to the Mayo Clinic's website...

"Raynaud's (ray-NOHZ) disease is a condition that causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers, toes, the tip of your nose and your ears — to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas."

So, at least I knew what I was dealing with, thanks to my mom being there with me, but it was still highly disconcerting. I wonder if I have more of that fun in store for me this winter?



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