Life With PH

I’m On Fire

Hello loves!! Its OCTOBER!!

Oh my, I love October. I’m a huge fall person, and October has always been fun for me because I love Halloween. Not scary Halloween, but cute Halloween. Is anyone else excited?!

Anyways, the other day I had a huge PH embarrassing moment that hasn’t happened in a while and it kind of threw me off. I’m VERY body cautious so of course a person like me would end up with this disease since it can really cause your body to do some weird things.

I have recess duty with some of the older kids which means being outside with them for about an hour, supervising and blowing a whistle. It was actually pretty cool outside since the October air has finally hit Texas, so I decided to throw on a light jacket. After a while, I didn’t feel hot but my arms were absolutely ON FIRE. Sure enough, I took off my jacket to see my arms the reddest and hottest they have ever been. Three different people ended up asking if I was ok and I was so embarrassed that I put the jacket back on when it was time to dismiss my kids and see their parents.

This has been happening a while and its very uncomfortable. A couple of years ago it was my knees that would do this and now its my arms. This red flushing is a result of the medication (vasodilators) because they dilate all those arteries in our bodies increasing blood flow and of course this causes flushing of the skin in some areas. Some have it, some don’t. If you do its super uncomfortable mainly because that one part of your body is a thousand degrees and it looks like you fried yourself. Don’t be worried that this is a bad reaction to your medication, it’s completely normal. If you’re not on a vasodilator though, I wouldn’t be sure about that…

The best thing to do when its happening is not to cover it up because that increases the already blazing temperature. Also, put a cool rag, ice pack or anything on it to cool it off and your just going to have to play the waiting game. Your body will decide when it wants to stop and in the meantime you are going to have to just help it along the way. These vasodilators work so well for our lungs but they sure do cause a lot of problems, don’t they? 🙂

My brother is getting married next week and I just happen to be wearing a strapless dress. Lets hope in the meantime my arms will literally chill out. Enjoy the rest of your week, and possibly your ice packs. I know I will!



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