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Shut-in prisoner of the polar vortex

Monday, 03 February 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says “I’m really out of shape right now because I can’t get outside. Correction, I could get outside but I just don’t want to, it’s freaking cold out there.” He has the photos to prove what winter in Canada has been like this year.

Shut-in prisoner of the polar vortex

Normally I can be heard complaining about the heat.  I really don’t do well in the heat. I don’t know if it was the medications I use to take or the one I’m on now. Sometimes I just feel extra warm and it seems to come from the inside out.

I never feel envious of friends or others who head south to get away from the winter. I know I would constantly be looking for shade to bask in or be sitting in an air conditioned bar if I were to go south. The thoughts of overheating and having bugs on the skin drive me crazy, I scratch now thinking of it. Labels in my clothing bother me too, especially when it’s hot. (I really appreciate clothing that has the labels printed on the inside.)

As I wrote in a previous post, I am now on Atripla, a one pill a day regime, I’m into my second month and it’s going well. I have noticed a few changes, mostly the fact that I feel more mobile. On the other medications I always had joint and muscle pain but I’m not feeling that right now. I can walk long distances without the aches in my hips, knees and ankles. I still have the neuropathy on the bottoms of my feet but that only gets bad when I’m standing in line-ups for things. Walking isn’t all perfect;, being out of shape and not doing it regularly, I get out of breath quickly, especially going up an incline, but it could be age too.

Honestly, I’m really out of shape right now because I can’t get outside. Correction, I could get outside but I just don’t want to, it’s freaking cold out there. It’s such a whole different kind of a cold this year up here that they had to come up with a new name for it, the “Polar Vortex”. I guess, for the reason it has reached parts of North America that don’t normally see snow or cold in the winter, it deserves some sort of Apocalyptic classification. They even had snow on the Pyramids in Egypt.

Where I live, west of Toronto, we haven’t had as much snow as other areas. The closest we came to a disaster situation was a huge ice storm in December; everything was covered in ice and the cold temperatures stuck around for about a week after. These photos were taken during the fourth day after the storm. I managed to get out and do a bit of shopping. Operating the camera was a challenge even with gloves on though.

I guess I should be thankful I am single; no one is expecting me to show up anywhere.

Oh, look, it’s almost “Nap O’clock”, I should finish this up and…rest. How many days 'til Spring?

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