I've been away for a while. Not because I wanted to be.... but because of hurricane Irene. She knocked out the power for 9 really long days, and the phone and Internet for several more on top of that.
As has been mentioned here on several occasions, weather changes and hot weather can make RA a bit more miserable. I can attest to that. Nine hot and humid days with no air conditioning and barely a breeze were a challenge. It brought on more joint pain and a lot more fatigue. But honestly, that was the least of my worries!
My biggest worry was my Enbrel. It has to be refrigerated. So, I kept the fridge closed and hoped that the power would be restored soon. Then it went into a cooler with those nordic ice packs, then with regular ice.... which of course was almost impossible to find because most of the area was without power.
Luckily, the Enbrel made it through and is now safely tucked away in the once again cold refrigerator. Whew.
I thought I would mention this experience because it was honestly something that I hadn't really considered when I started taking a medication that needed to be refrigerated. Maybe it's time to make a plan instead of having to just wing it.