I remember being 8 years old, sitting on the front porch with my grandma on a summer afternoon.
“It’s going to rain,” My grandma spoke out-load as she touched her rigid knees. “I can feel it in my bones.”
I looked down at her wide arthritic fingers rubbing her smooth knees and wondered if she could really feel something…or was just saying things.
My grandma said a lot of things.
“If you don’t clean your ears…corn will start growing out of them.”
“I saw video of what you did on the news.” She matter of factly stated, when she assumed we did something wrong but couldn’t prove it.
“Purple is the color of death.” She said whenever we had anything purple on.
“Put that candy bar down, you’ll get acne.”
So, when my grandma said she could feel the rain in her bones…I seriously doubted it.
Later that night as I was sitting around the coffee table, I began to hear the soft patter of rain hitting the roof of our house.
Bewildered, I got up and peaked through the blinds.
“My grandma is a weather psychic.”
A lot of time has passed since this moment.
I was reminded of it a few days ago when rain began to suddenly down pour here in Phoenix.
A few days before, I noticed that it was painful for me to move my left hand. When I tried making a fist, my hand curled in slowly and it felt tight.
I shrugged it off, chalking it up to too much typing and hoped it would just go away.
But now, as I sat at my desk with the sudden rain drops hitting the window, the memory of my grandmother came into my mind.
I made a fist with my left hand and now found it easier and less painful to do.
“Did I feel the rain coming on?” I thought to myself. “Is this a real thing?”
What is it about the weather that affects our bodies?
While I was hoping the answer would be that I have a magic power, I learned this wasn’t the case.
Oddly enough, the answer is actually due to the barometric pressure.
The pressure change in the air, also changes the pressure on our joints. For this reason, joint pain can occur; especially for those who suffer from arthritis.
The pressure change can cause headaches for people as well.
While there is no “cure” to this barometric pressure phenomenon…luckily, the effects are only temporary.
If this happens, the best thing to do is to relax our bodies.
If our muscles are tight the pain may increase. For this reason, you will want to keep them loose and comfortable.
Keeping these joints warm with a heating pad or blanket should help reduce pain and also aids in relaxation.
So, next time that feeling of pain sets in, relax and grab the umbrella.