Don't worry about becoming "Glove Girl." I have to wear them all winter and carry them with me when I go to overly air-conditioned rooms in the summer. Only a few people have commented on them. My husband suggested I get flesh-colored gloves so it would be less noticeable. Some people say they never realized I had them on. Those who say things like "Are you cold or something?" I just tell them I have a medical condition that makes me cold all the time. People don't generally want to hear, "Oh I have lupus which causes Raynaud's phenomenon which makes my fingers turn white, blue, and then red. If I don't keep my hands warm, I might need to have my fingertips amputated."
Only once was I offended. I went to restaurant and as I was passing by a booth, I heard a man say, "Gloves? Good grief. It's 70 degrees outside." I admit it did bother me, and I wanted to say "I have a disease, you idiot." But I didn't...
43 year old female
DX: Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (lupus, RA, polymyocitis, scleroderma) Jan 08
Meds: Prednisone 9 mg, Plaquenil 400 mg, Wellbutrin XL 300 mg, Calcium/D 1200 mg, 81 mg aspirin, ibuprofen and Darvocet as needed for pain ( I take it maybe 3x/week)