Winter is definitely here now! It's been bitter cold for the past couple of days and my body isn't a big fan. I work in the downtown area where parking is two city blocks from the building I work in. On a daily basis, wind, rain or shine, I am walking through it. I have Raynaud's. Raynaud's disease is a condition that causes some areas of the body to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress.

In my case, my fingers and toes go numb, feel cold (most of the time) and change color (purple, white and red). The strange thing is that it doesn't have to be that cold outside for my Raynaud's to react. One time it was 65 degrees outside. It doesn't take long for my fingers or toes to start to react to the weather or stress. But it does take a longer time to warm back up again. So, prevention is key!

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a pair of boots that have been quite helpful with keeping my feet nice and toasty. They are also very comfortable! They are real sheepskin and I found these at a very reasonable price ($35). So I bought 2 pairs! I'm really loving how boots like these are in style now.

As for my hands, I make sure I wear warm gloves and at times I use those instant hand warmer packets. You can find them here.  There are also the reusable kind that you can find here.

Raynaud's can be a real pain in the butt and it can look alien-like when the colors in your skin start to change. But it is what it is and I was "blessed" with it so why not work with it <shrugging shoulders>.
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  1. Headstrong Says:

    Cute shoes! And great advice - there is no shame in keeping warm, Raynaud's or not! ;) I was lucky enough to get an electric warming blanket for Christmas and this works WONDERS when I have an attack in my toes! Phenomenal!

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