Multiple Sclerosis and cold weather

Cold weather is not my friend. My muscles and joints choose to stop working the colder it gets thus making moving any body part 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 hibernate in the winter. I need to take a long vacation to the Caribbean right about now…or find a way to sleep until summer gets here. I’m open to options.

Between my hands having trouble holding onto things and my muscles freezing up, I’m a bit of a sight during the cold weather months. Every part of me seems to get weaker as the cold settles in. Yes, I also have trouble with hot temperatures. I need to find some place with even temperatures all year long. I’m definitely not looking forward to having snow. Have you ever tried maneuvering a wheelchair through a foot of snow? Talk about stressful.

Thankfully I’ve moved further south and snow is not as much of an issue for me any more. Just the act of putting on warm layers of clothing is difficult enough for me. I fall over putting on socks so I’m sure you can imagine the difficulties I have with long-johns, sweaters and gloves.

Because so many people with multiple sclerosis choose to remain indoors during the winter 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 this time of year. For me, I give a lot of “maybe” replies to any invitation I get and those maybe’s turn into canceled plans more often than not.

Sadly, those invitations are becoming less frequent as the years go by. I think people just assume I won’t be able to come so they don’t even bother to ask anymore. Talk about painful. I’d rather be invited and given the choice as to whether or not I can attend then to not be invited at all.

Although this time of year can be difficult, don’t let depression walk in the front door…or sneaky in through 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, coloring, jigsaw puzzle building or movie watching.

I have a box filled with thing to keep me busy. In mine there are coloring books, 3D puzzles, and even a set of legos. Lately though, I’m finding it easier to use some of the apps on my tablet than the real items. I can just point and tap to fill coloring pages with my finger instead of trying to hold onto colored pencils and stay within the lines, and I can complete puzzles by tapping and dragging the pieces in place. That’s not me being lazy. That’s me making better use of my time and still being able to enjoy what I’m doing.

Get creative and make your own fun. The warmer weather will be back before you know it.

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7 replies
  1. Carla L Broadbent Rogers
    Carla L Broadbent Rogers says:

    I am just going to say I hope that your Christmas was good to you.
    I am wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Calm and Peaceful 2019.
    This is a BIG HUG from Carla B. It is filled with warm coffee, yummy chocolate and heartfelt healing for your body and mind and your soul.
    All good things now and always.
    Be well my friend.

  2. Pam
    Pam says:

    ‘Morning I’m in the UK Im Surrey.
    It’s grey and miserable here this morning- 10:10 am.
    We just can’t win with the weather but it gives us something to talk about!
    It’s chin up time for me today& probably for everyone that’s reading this too.
    I’m still looking for a “magic wand” I didn’t get one for Christmas.
    But life doesn’t that way unfortunately- lets all try and hang on in there & have a better day than we perhaps anticipate 😉

  3. Katie
    Katie says:

    There’s a place where it’s just the right weather for me- it’s called in my imagination!! Too hot or to cold is not good.My perfect weather is 21degrees c bright & sunny .Where I am at the mo it’s 9’c grey cloudy depressing !

  4. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I had become a hermit and my depression was getting more and more difficult to manage. We sold our home and moved to Florida. Living here in Florida has greatly improved my quality of life. Whether it’s coloring books, sunshine, laughter, crafts…figuring out what fills you with positivity and joy then doing it…we owe that to ourselves!!

  5. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks Penelope you must have a cold weather time. We are now in summer and it’s in a opposite to your weather. But it’s strange that in our cold area down south there is more MS than in the more hotter places. Quite weird. The cooler weather is good for me as we don’t get much snow but get wetter time. The summer is bad for me as it sucks my energy out of me and leaves me fatigued worse.

  6. Jan
    Jan says:

    Oh, those gloomy days are just the pits. I just got help for wicked migraines & vertigo and went back to crocheting baby caps (beanies) for area hospitals…mostly neo-natal and just had hand surgery before Christmas. After 3 days of going crazy, I unwrapped my ace bandage (had 3” of cotton gauge left) & with great determination with stitches still in, I started crocheting again, it’s my FIX & exercise all in one. I get yarn on sale & stock up. Jan


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