Invisible Illness Week
I learned something which surprised me. Ironically, it wasn't even something one of the speakers said (I've had to take the slow route and listen to the podcast versions of many of the presentations). I have no doubt that I will learn something surprising as I continue to listen. Anyway, what surprised me was the fact that Bath and Body Works is selling socks. This news came to me when I looked at the door prize list (I actually did win a prize, which I tend not to succeed in doing). I saw that they sell
Soft Socks and Allo-Containing Socks
Those of us with RSD tend to struggle to find garments which we can tollerate and we also struggle with skin problems which are just another part of the disorder in some cases but they are also complicated by the touch sensitivity; after all, who wants to put lotion on a limb which can barely tollerate touch. Like many aspects of life, RSD is incredibly complicated. On one hand, we need to keep our limbs and bodies warm, but on the other, it hurts to wear socks and shoes. It's incredibly rare for me to be able to do one without compromising the other. The socks from Bath and Body Works are wonderful in this regard! The Sweetest Softest Socks are soft, fuzzy and warm and they don't hurt me as bad as many other slipper socks do and certainly not as bad as many of the slippers which were obviously designed for 20-year-old women who have a strong desire to abuse their feet. I've always thought that slippers should be comfortable, but many slippers out there just aren't realistic to walk in, don't keep your feet warm and definitely are not comfortable. Thankfully, the Sweetest Softest Socks are easy to walk in (they have those little tred things that help with traction). They come in multiple colors. They also keep my feet relatively warm. I do have to say that they don't always fit me as well as I'd like, but then, the swelling in my foot isn't exactly normal, either. The allo socks are also soft and comfortable with the treds for traction, but with one exception; they contain allo which does contribute to softer skin. They don't solve the problem of what RSD does to my skin on my left foot, and they don't do much for the right foot which has gotten very tough skin because I put so much weight on it. That said, they are certainly better than no moisturizing product at all and a lot less painful than putting on lotion. They might work better if I wore them for longer, but they are certainly worth a try. Overall, these socks are much cheeper than others I've seen which are designed for sensitive feet (these are 2 for $12.00). They are pretty comfortable and do help address some challenges I face specifically because of my RSD. They also make me feel good because of their fun colors and because, for once, I'm buying footwear which others in my age group like.