Fall is upon us, Chronics!
Oh, no, I’m sorry, I was talking about Autumn.
You know, the season?
But yes, it is the falling down time of year again, too, friends, and it’s not just for leaves anymore!
Something that they don’t tell you when you are first diagnosed as a Chronic is that all of a sudden, simple things like the weather changing (whether from a sunny day to rain clouds, or a seasonal change from summer to fall, or winter to spring) will mess with you and your symptoms. It has to do with all sorts of complicated stuff like atmospheric pressure and barometric pressure, and perhaps one more kind of pressure that I am possibly forgetting…
I wrote a post about the weather phenomenon this summer, so if you’re interested go all the way back to June 27 and read My Perfect Date.
A friend had commented on that posting that this is one of the hardest things to explain to her non-Chronic friends, as saying that her symptoms are dependent on the weather made her feel kind of loony, as though she was “wired to the moon.”
I would like to take a moment and let you know that while we Chronics kind of are wired to that big piece of cheese out there in the sky, being so wired does NOT mean that we are this guy:
Now, in the sweet present moment of the Northern Hemisphere, we are welcoming Autumn into our midst, and with it, an uptick in our yuck feelings.
After reading my post about the Red Band Society (Friday’s post- Septemeber 19), a very sweet friend of mine posted this on my personal Facebook wall:
It couldn’t be more true!
Personally, while I’ve been feeling like my chest cavity is caving in the last few days (or that my recently completed herd of pachyderm friends-see The Crafty Chronic (2)- is sitting on my lungs) I’m still going strong with my number of “Days Conscious” since my black-out spells this summer (Can I get a round of applause for the return of the Beta Blocker? Apparently we are friends now- and not just friends, but super besties) but I have heard from a number of my POTSie friends that that strong wind that blew in from the North knocked them out in addition to any lingering summer humidity. Ew.
Fall doesn’t just bring misery though, my dears. No! It also brings wonderful things back into the world, like beautiful multi-colored foliage on trees, fuzzy sweaters, warm drinks and pumpkin spice-flavored everything. (Really. Everything. Gluten-free Cinnamon Chex is now advertising pumpkin spice flavored recipes on the box, so that you can get your fix…and settle into a fall-sugar-coma completely unrelated to chronic illness.)
I’m trying my best to ignore the Falling Down part of Fall and focus on the fun stuff. My favorite Fall things include:
~Apples: Apple picking, apple cider, apple cake, apple pie…All of it. Yummmm.
~Pumpkins: Not just the overzealous implosion of baked goods and warm drinks, but actual pumpkins. And pumpkin patches. I love to make jack-o-lanterns and have pumpkins out on the front porch. I always get a white pumpkin too- they are an interesting way to mix up your “harvest”-themed décor.
~Sweaters: As someone whose internal thermometer is always set to “sweating,” I am uncomfortable 75% of the year. Not in fall! I’m actually a pinch chilly and can wear a cozy confection without overheating. Yay!
~Candy Corn: Ok, I am being all Dunkin’ Donuts here and jumping the gun on Halloween candy, but come on. Candy corn is amazing. It’s a weirdly waxy, sugary delight whose identity is tied up in fall. I have a rule, though. I only eat candy corn in October, so as not to ruin the holiday spirit of it (I don’t eat candy canes outside of December either #FoodWeirdo #ItsHolidayCandy #EatItOnAHoliday #NotInJune). Lucky for me October is only 6 days away.
~Crisp-ness: Is this a thing? I’m making it a thing. Everything is crisp in fall- the air, the leaves- and it’s wonderful.
~The return of good TV: I can’t help it. I try to pretend I don’t watch that much TV, and I really don’t…unless it’s Thursday and I’m sedentary for 3 hours straight while Shonda Rhimes blows my mind. I can’t wait for her new show with Viola Davis! (And PS, I didn’t end up getting that cape coat from the Limited Scandal collection I was talking about last week- that lovely, honey-plaid drape of wonder was $228. Which buys a lot of Midodrine, so you know, priorities.)
What are you looking forward to this Fall, Chronic readers? Are you feeling the fall more so than the autumnal spirit? Let me know in the comments here or on my Facebook page!