I’ve mentioned before that I have Raynaud’s Syndrome. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can read a bit more about it here. Because I’ve only had problems when my hands get really cold, one of my concerns about moving from central Texas to Missouri was the Raynaud’s and how much trouble I might have with my hands. We did get some cold days in Texas but not nearly as many as we get here. Surprisingly, I have had less problems with it here than I did in Texas but it’s probably because I don’t go out in the cold as much. No garden. No chickens. No long trips in the cold RTV to the mail box. No running back and forth from the house to the sewing room a dozen or more times per day. No fruit trees. Well, we do have fruit trees but just a few and so far, Vince has mostly been responsible for them. Last winter, I don’t think I had a single incident with it.
Earlier today, I did have a Raynaud’s episode. I was trying to cross stitch and hadn’t even realized my middle finger on my right hand was starting to turn white but I couldn’t hold the needle to cross stitch. It fell out of my hand and then I noticed the finger was white. The nail had already started turning blue.
We each keep an oximeter by our chairs so I grabbed it to see what the reading was on that finger. The blood oxygen level was 50. The first time I checked it, the blood oxygen level was 50 but the pulse was only 32. Don’t worry . . I checked on a good finger and the blood oxygen level was 99. I’m ok . . just one finger wasn’t doing so well.
That went on for a while and I couldn’t get that finger to warm up. It was probably half an hour before I could hold a needle again. It’s so weird!
There are people who are debilitated by this condition. Mine is minor. No problems last year and only one this winter and it’s almost the end of January. My doctor knows I have this and isn’t concerned. I’ve been checked for other conditions that could cause his and so far, so good.
I thought it was interesting to see what the blood oxygen level was when the finger was having the issue.