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shpfarmfresh
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October 20, 2012 12:08 am  

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.

Thanks!

Sue in IL


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October 20, 2012 12:38 am  

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.


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speee1dy
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October 20, 2012 10:07 am  

also, we get sahara desert dust which really affects my hubby and his breathing. at times he needs to use an inhaler to help


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Linda J
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October 20, 2012 11:05 am  

And, mold is a huge problem here. For sure check with your doc.


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October 20, 2012 11:41 am  

FWIW: my sinuses were better in STX than FL. (I know sinuses aren't lungs but)

My dust allergy and sensitivity to mold was less of problem. Probably due to LACK of air conditioning, and more frequented inhaling of sunshine and salt water.


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October 20, 2012 3:39 pm  

I'm with Neil. I put my neti pot away after the first two weeks, but sinuses are not lungs.


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October 20, 2012 5:25 pm  

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)


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shpfarmfresh
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October 20, 2012 7:01 pm  

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?

Sue


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speee1dy
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October 20, 2012 8:51 pm  

the hottest times are usually from april to october, those seem to be the worst times for my hubby and his breathing. but near christmas we get a lot of wind which might blow a lot of stuff into the air


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October 20, 2012 10:02 pm  

My mother had COPD and we brought her with us when we moved to St. Croix. Her health declined very quickly there. She had to spend most of her time in an air conditioned room and it was still very rough for her.


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sallyf
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October 20, 2012 10:16 pm  

There are many sinus type complaints, but lung sarcoid is quite specific - ask your specialist, but I would heed dougtamjj's warning well. The WAPA bill for maintaining an AC cooled whole house environment would be frightening!!!!!


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