The warm weather, that is.
Where I live in Vermont, it has crawled into the 70s and 80s already. Yesterday, I got my first sunburn! Has nature forgotten that it’s only MARCH? Yikes.
Today, though, I’m prepared: I donned my compression garments, put on a pair of linen pants, and a light top. I’m a little nervous about how I’ll feel after a couple of days of this heat, because the stockings make my legs even hotter and more uncomfortable – it’s sort of a vicious cycle, isn’t it? – but my health has to come before comfort. (At least that’s what I keep telling myself.)
Last year in Vermont, we got snow in May, so here’s to hoping there’s a few more days of chilly weather before summer stays for good..!
Has it begun warming up where you live? What are you doing to beat the heat?
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Tagged comfort, compression, compression garment, compression garments, heat, lymph, lymphedema, primary lymphedema, secondary lymphedema, spring, stockings, summer, weather
Here in Vermont, we’ve been having extremely fickle weather: last week was full of beautiful sunny days in the 40s and 50s, but last night we got a nice snowfall. I’m glad that it snowed, because I love the cold weather. The town looks so beautiful covered in snow, too – like a little snow globe.
This fluctuating weather has been making me antsy because it’s reminding me that spring is just around the corner, which is alright except for the fact that summer comes shortly after, and that means shorts and bathing suits and open toed shoes, not to mention the heat and humidity! I’m dreading it, bad. The warm weather is the most important time to wear compression garments, but it’s also the most inconvenient and conspicuous.
Today I cleaned out my closet and dressers, putting aside clothes to donate. I saw my pairs of shorts and I got nervous about wearing them this summer. I have some linen pants and long skirts but not enough to rotate through a whole summer. I’m trying not to feel so limited, but as you all know, it can be difficult. I started poking around online and found some cute palazzo pants and maxi skirts, so maybe I can boost my wardrobe and my confidence with some new clothes.
Lymphedema Girl has a super helpful post on her blog about shopping for lymphie-friendly clothing, and I think it’s a resource worth sharing. Check out her post here, where she gives a list of things to look for as well as some links to online stores of interest.
How do you feel about the warm weather approaching? What do you do in the summertime in terms of confidence and comfortable clothing?
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Tagged clothes, clothing, forever 21, lymphedema, lymphedema clothing, lymphedema garments, online shopping, primary lymphedema, secondary lymphedema, spring, summer clothes, warm weather, weather, winter
It’s finally feeling like springtime, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! The weather is warming up, school is winding down, and I am walking around without my winter jacket. It’s beayoooootiful! I love it.
However, like I had mentioned a couple posts back, warm weather brings about a fresh new hell for us lymphies. Spring means it’s almost summer, which means swollen limbs galore. It also means I want to migrate north, away from the heat and back to the safety of the cold.
I hate feeling so self conscious, especially during what seems to be the most carefree and happiest of seasons. It only makes me feel that much more alienated and freakish. While my friends are reaching for short shorts and skirts, I am pulling on my linen pants and jeans.
What do you do during the warm weather? How do you cope with the unpleasantness of summertime and beat the heat?
Let’s try to compile a list of tips for the warm weather that I can put up in a future post. We can help each other to feel less uncomfortable and to actually enjoy our summer vacations! So share away, lymphies, and leave a comment below.
I’ve just spent the last couple days in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the weather is gorgeous. It is finally beginning to feel like spring! :)
The impending warm weather has me feeling a little torn, though.. On one hand, I am so happy to see the sun come out! It instantly brings up my mood. On the other hand, however, it means discomfort is on the horizon. With warm weather comes more swelling, shorter hemlines, and sandals – the trifecta of frustration. It means that I’m about to enter yet another season of worry and embarrassment about my leg, and I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet.
What do you think? How do you feel about this sunny weather? Is it a cause of celebration, or panic? Leave a comment and let us know!