Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunrise, sunset...

Anchorage, Alaska:
  • Sunrise: 6:53 AM
  • Sunset:  9:09 PM

...and the days keep getting longer. Sigh. I wonder, am I the only lupus patient who experiences reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? So many people get depressed in the winter; there are sunlamps all over the place in the office.

  Summer represents the most depressing time of year for me. It is loaded with reminders that I'm not a normal person. I can't go outside and enjoy the sun. I can't do the high-impact sports that are so popular here in Alaska, but so brutal on the joints. I have to bathe in sunscreen. Any tan I get is from a nice spray-tan machine. While everyone else is out downhill biking, kayaking, etc., I'm likely to be at home in bed with a fever. Woo.

So, while the temperature right now rarely gets above 40F, everyone else is looking eagerly ahead to the coming months of sun. I'm dreading them.
 

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  1. I can totally relate - I'm happy that spring is coming, but at the same time dreading the heat and sun of the impending summer. I actually get angry at the sun, cursing at it when it's relentlessly shining and just the thought of being out in it gives me a rash. I'm the crazy lady hiding in the house on those nice sunny days and vamping around the garden in the rain or darkness... just know you're not alone.

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    1. Thanks, that's good to know. I get so sick of being the only person cooped up inside during the summer...hard to explain to people that you're not kidding when you say you're allergic to the sun!

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