I 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
Call to Action
Do you have tips for surviving winter with cerebral palsy? If so, share in the comments below