I currently live in Brisbane, Australia and wish to live in Virginia/Maryland for 3 months mid September to December in 2015 (or longer if I like it). I experience chill blains even in our very mild temperatures and have to rug up in gloves and coats for our very mild winters to avoid Raynaud's attacks. I have dreamed for a long time of coming over to the USA but am unsure of how I will handle the cold. My rheumatologist told me it is a bad idea and I'll be cold (!) and my dermatologist told me to go live and they could give me medication to help with my circulation.
Obviously, there are plenty of people who live with Scleroderma and Raynaud's who live in Virginia/Maryland. Are there any tricks/tips? Special wool lined boots? What if there is a snow storm and you have no power? How do you stay warm? What do you do when places are heated if you've dressed with thermals and warm gear? How cold do you get walking somewhere? Do you have to own a car?
Thanks in advance for any assistance!