CRPS, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Type 1), is a change in the nervous system that's usually triggered by a very painful episode. The bad kinds affect the brain, nerves, muscles, skin, metabolism, circulation, and fight-or-flight response. Lucky me; that's what I've got. ... But life is still inherently good (or I don't know when to quit; either way) and, good or not, life still goes on.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Last year, I could tell exactly when the fallout from Japan got here, because my hands and arms swelled up the moment I stepped outside. I could tell which gloves had been left in the rain, because they made my fingertips go numb when I touched them.

Who needs Geiger counters when you've got cold chronic CRPS?

So I took off for the summer & went East until September, when the air and sunlight had calmed down quite a bit. However, the entire SF Bay is simply carpeted with wifi, radio, EM, and a whole lot of other stuff in the band that's so noxious to CRPS -- at least, in me ... And in almost everyone I know who has CRPS who has taken the time to reflect on what triggers swelling, autonomia and pain.

I had staggering improvements from a trip I got to a hot springs, where I did hot & cold plunges. In all my life, it was the most amazingly recuperative experience that didn't involve persuading someone else to work on me. That low emotional overhead has a certain appeal, in these dysregulated times. But I do look forward to finding lots of good company along the way.

I'm clearing the boat for sale then taking off on an extended tour of hot springs. I have no idea where it'll take me, but what a trip! I expect you'll read quite a lot about van camping, because remember, I'm on Disability and that doesn't leave much for hotels.

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