If you are as lucky as I am to live in a place with snow and have cerebral palsy you probably can relate to this post. I am not alone when I say: I love winter and snow, but my muscles don’t. I actually sometimes struggle just going from the doors of a mall to the waiting car because by the time I am ready to transfer I am stiff as a board. Frankly tight muscles is in my opinion the most miserable part of life with cerebral palsy.
Over the years, I have come up with simple things that may be helpful to others. I thought it was worth sharing:
winter tips for children and youth
I feel like youth have a set of challenges: especially when they are at the age where recess and getting outside is mandatory. I was lucky that my parents recognized that a bit of fresh air on a cold winter day was not worth me being uncomfortable and often unable to focus as easily. The school was accommodating and would allow me to stay inside with one friend. I would even hazard to say that I probably did a bit better academically once this accommodation was made being that I was not sore
general winter tips
- learn what your limit is as it relates to winter
- on a tough day physically avoid going out on those days in winter if you can
- overly dress for the weather put more or thicker clothing try and keep those muscles warm