Thriving in dreary weather


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Kansas weather has a mood disorder.

It was mid-January. Logically, you would expect ice, snow, and temperatures below freezing. But Kansas weather is in serious need of some Abilify. It’s been 70⁰ and sunny one week, only to be frozen at 10⁰ and covered by 2 feet of snow the next week. This evening in particular, the weather was being its usual, unpredictable self.

It was a cool 60⁰ with fog and a light mist.

I didn’t feel rushed or uncomfortable as I visited the gas station, the bank, the grocery store, the hobby store, a “dollar” store, with a final stop at the pharmacy. Normally that level of activity would have wiped me out for days afterward.  Yet I felt energized. For once my muscles were not burning and my head was clear. Surprisingly, I was able to get in and out of our SUV without much trouble. My pain level was low (below a 3) and my energy was higher than usual. The spring in my step and the mental focus did not go unnoticed. I felt exactly the opposite of what most people would expect, given the weather.

Weather affects pain.


While it’s common knowledge that weather changes can impact both headache disorders and fibromyalgia, it’s not clear what type of weather is the culprit. Bright sunlight, strong winds, too much of this, too little of that and my body goes haywire. Thunderstorms with lightning, strong winds, and heavy rain are guaranteed to set off a thunderstorm inside of me. Heaven forbid there’s a tornado warning. My head will explode for days.

Why do you think this blog is called Brain Storm?

My husband and I have speculated for a few years that temperature and humidity might have an impact on my symptoms more than barometric pressure. My narrow “Goldilocks zone” is between 55⁰ and 72⁰ with 50%-60% humidity and fog with no wind or heavy precipitation. This particular evening confirmed our suspicions. Cloud cover and light rain was energizing.

I need my own fog machine.

My head is a lot like Olaf in the animated movie, Frozen. When Elsa restores summer, Olaf survives only when she provides a personal cloud with winter flurries.  He loves the changing seasons, but his body cannot tolerate the change. He remains intact through the use of an individual weather-moderator. It would be nice to have one of those, too.

Anybody know where I can find one?

In the meantime, I will keep watching the weather forecast, preparing to take advantage of those days. It’s strange that I would be at my best on the dreary days that depress most people. I guess it’s not all bad. The traffic is light and the stores are not crowded. I can have free reign while the rest of you hide indoors, waiting for the sun to return.

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