It’s a well known fact that I despise summer. The extreme southern heat and humidity make me feel dizzy, confused and uncomfortable in my own skin. There’s a huge chunk of the calendar that is pure misery in my neck of the woods.
Well, here we are in the throes of winter, which seems to be unusually harsh this year. Snow even fell from the sky yesterday! Wow! Guess what? It turns out that my body isn’t a big fan of extreme cold either.
For me, walking is extremely difficult due to increased muscle stiffness and the MS hugs, which sound cute, but are far from it. MS hugs, for me, are a tight and burning sensation around my ribs. They have literally brought me to my knees with their pain. For others, the pain go as high as chest level and be described many different ways. They can come in waves lasting seconds, minutes or hours or they can be steady and last for long periods of time.
I despise the summer and the winter isn’t cutting it either, so what am I supposed to do? Here are some tips to ride it out until milder temperatures reappear. Which will probably be the end of the week. Yes, South Carolina can do all four seasons in one week!
- Warm yourself from the inside. Hot beverages take the chill off and warm up your core quickly.
- Soak up the sun and Vitamin D when it shines brightly. Stand in front of a window or bundle up and go outside for a little bit. Even for a very short time.
- Don’t overdo it on the heat inside. Remember that extreme heat isn’t our friend either. Too hot showers can make me dangerously dizzy as well as heaters blowing directly on me.
- Dress in layers. Wear four shirts and a coat if it’s needed. Pants and thermal leggings, regular gloves over fingerless ones. You get my drift. Things can come off as needed. Oftentimes, we lack the ability to regulate our temperature regardless of what the thermostat or thermometer say.
Tell me, fellow MSers, what are your winter survival tips? Ride it out, Spring isn’t too far away! Don’t forget to practice self care.
and please watch and share our MS Awareness video.