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Spring is finally here and now is everyone’s time to shine. This week will be a hodgepodge of spring topics and neato burrito thoughts. Thanks for tuning in and remember to follow, share, like, comment, complain, whatever you please 😊
Chronic Illness and Weather
I find that people with chronic illness are very in tune with the weather. Some people function better when it is warm. Others suffer from any form of heat. Some people know a day before (without even checking the weather report) that a storm is coming, just from the aches in their bones. I have a buddy with POTS that needs to wear a cooling jacket all summer whenever he goes outside because his body can’t handle the higher temps. So spring can be a time of great joy for those with cabin fever, but also a dreadful reminder that the heat wave is right around the corner.
I myself LOVE spring. I do have a mild intolerance to heat *for some reason having the heat on in a car makes me miserable. Not kidding I have the AC going all winter even*. But I also LOVE playing outside. Spring is the perfect time for me because I thrive in the cooler temperatures but also have the sun shining keeping my mental health prime. I can finally start playing basketball outside again.
Since getting POTS, I seem to be more reactive to environmental factors. Last spring was the first time in my life that I had ever dealt with seasonal allergies. I would take two steps out of the door and start sneezing and my eyes would water and swell. Fortunately, Costco offers some SWEET deals on allergy pills and that helped manage it. This year I started poppin’ the allergy pills first week of March just to be safe. *At this point in my journey I am not embarrassed anymore of the medications I have to take. I probably look like an addict when anyone sees me pull out the morning pills. But as I have described before, my doctor is a medication minimalist and we truly only have me taking the ones I need*.
Spring means I have to get the yard looking good again. Fertilize the lawn, repair cracks in my driveway, get the sprinklers running again, spray the spiders, spray the spiders, spray the spiders, etc. Rachel and I are planning on putting in a fire pit this next month so that will be exciting.
Now is also the time of the year where I start looking in the mirror and pondering if I will be the fattest guy on the beach this summer. I quickly tell myself no, and create a jogging plan. Exercising is must for POTS and overall heath in general. NO MORE EXCUSES OF IT BEING TOO COLD. It really is unbelievable how much better I am able to function on daily basis when I hold myself accountable to exercising. I go through this late winter drag where I have a headache a lot of the days and I get a bit dizzy from standing too long. I noticed this improved a great deal after my first couple weeks back into my jogging routine.
I like beer. Although it is contributing factor in a lot of health issues (including POTS), I frequently take one for the team and have a couple. *Granted this is not a promotion for drinking alcohol. Do what is best for you and your health*. Spring is a wonderful time for going out and having a local brew in the outdoor seating section. Everyone is antsy to be out and about again, and the atmosphere is full of life and love. Many breweries have special spring recipes/editions of their favorite beer and it is a great opportunity to do some taste testing. REMEMBER ALWAYS BE RESPONSIBLE.
The greatest sports tournament on earth. We all had opportunities to get in on bracket challenges. The NCAA basketball tournament is great for bringing out the bandwagon fans, statisticians predicting winners based on phantom analytics, your local cinderella team breaking your heart time and time again, and Jerry from the office pool correctly picking 12 seed farm-town USA into the final four and winning all the money. GIVE ME ALL THE MADNESS THAT IS MARCH. CAN’T GET ENOUGH.
Adults don’t get one.
Spring is festive time in the sports world. Those that follow baseball, your national holiday is TODAY. Opening day. For those in my neck of the woods, it is just another year for the Mariners to disappoint everyone.
Golf courses are starting to open up. Will you get a head start on the season, or wait until June to actually go for the first time like I usually do haha. Driving ranges are all the rave now and your best friend may actually be a bucket of balls. Good luck putting on the soaked greens. Personally, I just chip my shots in from the fringe to avoid the hassle.
If you can find someone brave enough to have picked up a tennis racquet a time or two, spring is fantastic time for tennis. I am a huge fan of tennis. My only problem is finding people to play against. The closest person I can find who has played before is my brother. And I use the term “played before” VERY loosely for him. Tennis is cheap. You can find a free to use local court at lots of neighborhood parks, and tennis balls are like a couple bucks and last all summer. All you need is to buy a racquet, and those vary from around $15 to $500.
If you are in high school, you might do track and field. Great sport. Real athletes out there. Once you graduate, you will no longer meet up with friends to do track and field.
Frisbee golf. Gave it a shot once. Some people love this and are avid frisbee golfers. My arm hurt for days afterword and I haven’t been since. I also sucked.
And last but not least, adult softball leagues are starting! Nothing get’s the juices flowing quite like an adult recreational softball league. Where every team name is some play on alcohol. “Bottom of the fifth” is a classic one ha ha. There is a league for every age and every skill and every level of enthusiasm. It is also a great sport for people struggling with certain health issues, because there are positions that require less moving than others. AND maybe you are a die hard softball player and are playing in the elite league and going for that championship. GET IT!
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Jarod Gunning – Dude with POTS