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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.