My son and his wife and the granddaughter are planning a move to St Thomas. They want me to come along as the home schooler, cook, etc. My only problem with moving there is the humidity since I have sarcoid of the lungs. I really suffer when the humidty here gets up past 55%.
Anyone have lung disease and able to do without a lot of air conditioning? I want to go with but I don't want to live attached to a nebulizer and inhaler every couple steps and I don't want to be housebound in such a beautiful location.
Sue in IL
For what it is worth - primary care provider hubby said "not a good idea" - in fact, he said "really really bad idea" - the humidity (From May to January - the average daily LOW is at or above 60%) and heat will make things almost impossible for you and the specialist care will probably not be there on island - not a big enough population to sustain a doc that really concentrates on this condition.
caveat - he did also add ask your specialist for advice.
the following is from http://weatherspark.com/averages/33722/St-Thomas-VI-US-Virgin-Islands
Humidity (there is a really cool graphic on the website under humidity)
The relative humidity typically ranges from 56% (mildly humid) to 87% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 45% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 97% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 2, at which time the relative humidity drops below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around November 7, exceeding 83% (humid) three days out of four.
Do you have the option of coming for a few weeks or longer to check it out to see if living here would work and be beneficial for you?
Do you have the option of being elsewhere during the summer months when the Sahara dust is at its height of activity?
Humidity is high here but I have been many places where our humidity is nothing compared to what I have encountered, elsewhere.
Maybe your doctor can contact a local doctor for information regarding your health and options here?
Good Luck with whatever you decide and continued good health.(tu)
I appreciate the input. I guess what I will have to do is plan on a couple weeks trial run during the worst possible time as that would be the best indicator and maybe schedule an appt with some dr there to discuss meds availability, what to do to treat myself the best I can with out taking up er space. I do manage myself pretty well here since hospitals are 25 miles in any direction and I am on a farm by myself. Being medically inclined helps.
I sue don't want to miss the opportunity to help them out but do know I have to weigh all the health risks. It helps alot hearing from those with ailments they are managing.
Boy it is never easy is it?