cerebral palsy winter survival guide

A person walking with skis in the open on a ski hill near heavily treed winter forestsI don’t know many people with disabilities who live in cold climates, that actually enjoy the snow. Well, I guess that’s a possibility if you enjoy winter sports which is not something I have never enjoyed. I will say I do like the look of winter the crisp clean beauty. The beauty of winter is best enjoyed observed from the inside looking out the window.

Cerebral palsy is a condition known to impact the muscles of the body. In my experience, it seems, that the cold temperatures, mixed with the dampness that comes in the form of snow. Often left me cold. sore, because my muscles became tight, in a short time, and well generally miserable.

In this post, I want to share some of my experiences living in Canada. Dealing with a body that needs a little extra support to keep up my physical comfort. In this article, it is my hope that you will find some of the tips helpful. all tips that I share, I have either tried over the years.

Cold Weather and Cerebral Palsy

For me, cold weather has a huge impact on my life. I don’t like how tight my muscles get or it comes on. I guess the best way to describe it. My muscles. lockdown, on themselves, causing discomfort, that does not go away immediately. Even after going back inside, where its warm.
I know I am not the only one, who deals with this. I wish for everyone’s sake, my own included that I had the answers. You know if you did this or that, before going outside. The tight muscles of winter would be a thing of the past. I can not say I have all the answers because I don’t.`What I can do is offer some tips.

Tips That Might Help You Stay Warm

Recognize that things that work well for me may have varying results for others. I have come up with a short list of things. I do without even thinking that like I take for granted as they feel a lot like common sense to me now.

Warm Socks and Clothes

By using, and wearing warm socks and clothes, especially in winter will help you stay you stay warm. By staying warm you will prevent your muscles from getting tight in the first place. I am lucky that my mom can sew and makes all my pants they are heavy material that often reminds me of fleece. That may seem like overkill. but it isn’t often it leaves me with what I perceive as a comfortable body temperature.

Hot Water Bottle

This tip feels almost not worth writing. It seems like common knowledge but I like to assume that nothing is common knowledge. But sleeping with a hot water bottle can help anyone with cp or not stay warm at night, by putting in your bed.

Other General Tips

Parents of school-age kids. it seems wise to consider if it is a good idea sending your kids out for there breaks, into the snow. If they are a wheelchair user, consider that snow limits their mobility. so is it worth it to have them out or is it opening the door for potential illness? That isn’t to say they shouldn’t ever go outside in the snow. Ask them for feedback, if they’re cold or frustrated by it. Having them only go out one time a day instead of the many offered by their school may help. I chose with the blessing of my parents to stay inside most of the winter. My peers used to fight over the chance to stay inside with me.
Also, in late winter or early spring. You will want to find an appropriate coat for warmth. Make sure it has waterproof sleeves, as the snow starts to melt. Your sleeves will take a hit with the change in season. Without the waterproofing you will end up with soaked dirty clothes, it is not pleasant, trust me.


I hope you have found some of the tips I shared here helpful when it comes to surviving the harshness of winter

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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