Cold weather makes my muscles stiff and twitchy so with the Arctic snap that has been going on for what seems like centuries it’s been rough. I’m starting to believe that my MS hates the cold as much as I do, maybe even more!
It used to be fun when it snowed going sledding, having snowball fights and building snow forts. Those days are long gone replaced with shoveling, shoveling and more shoveling...oh and driving 4 MPH everywhere. Also it’s been so cold that you can’t even venture out to enjoy yourself without running the risk of frostbite or turning into a demylinated popsicle. Luckily I live in the best neighborhood ever and snow removal is often taken care of by one of my many awesome neighbors, thanks guys!
Getting in and out of the house has been extra tough due to ice that will not go away. Salt doesn’t even work when its -20 degrees outside, so how am I supposed to have a chance? Since I’ve been walking so much better lately I’m trying to take my time to avoid a slip and fall at least both of my feet are equally as cold now.
The tricky part for me is that my MS is very heat sensitive so I can’t even get in a nice hot shower to warm up or else exhaustion sets in and my hands become mostly useless. Either way too hot or too cold and my MS gets cranky, so touchy for such a terrible disease! In order to thaw out it’s been a steady diet of warm lemon water or some veggie soup.
How have you been dealing with the cold weather, and what are some tips for getting around in the snow that you could share with fellow MSers?
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