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Baby it’s cold outside

Cold weather is not my friend. My muscles and joints choose to stop working the colder it gets thus making walking and moving any muscle especially difficult. If you were to ever see a snowman walking (or is it snowperson? I never get those things right), I think I would be what that looks like. I can totally understand why bears choose to sleep through the cold. I need to take a long vacation to the Caribbean right about now…or hibernate for the winter. I’m open to options.

Between my hands having trouble holding onto things and my legs freezing up, I’m a bit of a sight during the cold weather months. I’m definitely not looking forward to having snow. Have you ever tried maneuvering a wheelchair through a foot of snow? Talk about stressful.

Because so many people with MS choose to remain indoors during the coming months, it’s a time when depression has a tendency to creep in. Parties are in the making, gatherings are happening and get togethers are more frequent among friends.

I don’t think people understand the things we have to consider when receiving an invitation to go someplace this time of year. Is the location accessible? Will the wheels on my walker or chair leave wintery slush tracks on someones nice carpet? Will my body play nice? Will I be able to manage the crowds and traffic? Will my finances be stretched too thin? Will fatigue hit hard keeping me from being a part of the fun? Will people understand my decision to stay home? Will they even invite me in the first place?

Although this time of year can be difficult, don’t let depression walk in the front door…or the back door for that matter. I know that’s easier said than done, but try to keep the gloomies out. Find something you enjoy doing and stock up on all the supplies needed to keep you going for awhile whether that’s knitting, drawing, writing or movie watching. Get creative and make your own fun. The warmer weather will be back before you know it.

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About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

14 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    Our 1st snowstorm of the season today in Maine. Jan, Feb & March will be over soon!
    I can get used to a 3 month winter!

  2. Angela M. Kirby
    Angela M. Kirby says:

    It’s certainly a crazy mixed up season so far in ONT but if you don’t have to shovel it I can cope till the good weather returns. I just have to make the old bod agree!

  3. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Well I do appreciate a cool day like anyone a very cold day can be just as bad as a norwester wind which is like a vacuum for my energy when it blows anytime,(but mainly in summer). So I guess we all have our own favorite weather patterns and our worst one to.

  4. Judy E.
    Judy E. says:

    I love the cold and grew up with cold and snow. it’s the summer heat that gets me big time! I love summer heat, but can’t handle being in it. So I soak a kerchief or small towel in ice water, wring it out and put around my neck to save me from the very debilitating heat. It works!

  5. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I walk like a toy soldier, legs stiff, in the cold. I use a rolling walker and snow is not my friend. I have a hard time getting in and out of a car because my right leg does not want to bend. Luckily, I have a very understanding husband and friends who assist me. We have a lot of get- togethers at our house because it is easier for me to get around.

  6. Martina Keane O'Neill says:

    Ha ye the cold feels like walking on jelly but with lead weights attached to my shoes . Plus my back feels like it’s broken in the middle and one bit of my spine is just balancing on top of the other. Roll on the summer xxx

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