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  • #77569
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    I’d recommend getting some Yaktrax – absolutely brilliant for snow and ice. I bought some last year and wouldn’t have been able to leave the house otherwise! I’ve ordered them for all my family this year. My only advice would be to make sure you take them off as soon as you get indoors, as they are lethal on a smooth surface (as I unfortunately discovered when I slid across the room!) :lol:

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    #77570
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    @skippy wrote:

    I’d recommend getting some Yaktrax – absolutely brilliant for snow and ice. I bought some last year and wouldn’t have been able to leave the house otherwise! I’ve ordered them for all my family this year. My only advice would be to make sure you take them off as soon as you get indoors, as they are lethal on a smooth surface (as I unfortunately discovered when I slid across the room!) :lol:

    Thanks skippy, I was hoping for someone to come on and say there were good, think I’ll get some now. Oh and welcome to the board by the way. ;)

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    #77571
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    Thanks for the welcome! The other thing I forgot to say about Yaktrax is that sometimes I need help to take them off. Because of my muscle weakness I have to sit down to put shoes on/take off as I can’t bend down or lift my legs very high. I normally put them on in the car (sitting down) to walk from the car park to work, but then there is no chair by the door at work so I have to ask someone to help me take them off. They are still worth the effort though!

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    #77572
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    @skippy wrote:

    Thanks for the welcome! The other thing I forgot to say about Yaktrax is that sometimes I need help to take them off. Because of my muscle weakness I have to sit down to put shoes on/take off as I can’t bend down or lift my legs very high. I normally put them on in the car (sitting down) to walk from the car park to work, but then there is no chair by the door at work so I have to ask someone to help me take them off. They are still worth the effort though!

    Thats what my wife said when I showed her them. I guess there are advantage as well as disadvantages. Anyway, I’ve ordered some now, so I’ll soon find out. Having had a couple of slides today in the car park outside where my dad lives they can’t come quick enough! :lol:

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    #77573
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    That was a day and a half, we won or second game on the trot and our neighbour got beat! ;)

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    #77574
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    I’m still a big kid at heart and really want to go and play in the snow but I just can’t do it anymore. I had a fall on the ice last year and badly sprained my ankle. Don’t fancy doing that again so I haven’t really been venturing out since the first snowfall. Annoyingly my car is in the garage just now so I really am stranded. My car decided to break down in the middle of a 1st date :( good timing! My car battry is under the driver’s seat so I had to get out while the RAC tried to jump start me. My date came and stood with me as he felt bad about me standing outside in -5 conditions while he was sitting in the car. I had to get my mum to come and pick us up :( Worst 1st date in the history of the universe?

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    #77577
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    went to my work after hours to drop off my fancy new powerchair and some helpfull snow guy has ploughed the carpark and pavement and dumped it all on the disabled bay in front of the only low kerb right at the front door. :x

    Anyone got skis I can borrow. :lol:

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    #77575
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    @eilean wrote:

    I’m still a big kid at heart and really want to go and play in the snow but I just can’t do it anymore. I had a fall on the ice last year and badly sprained my ankle. Don’t fancy doing that again so I haven’t really been venturing out since the first snowfall. Annoyingly my car is in the garage just now so I really am stranded. My car decided to break down in the middle of a 1st date :( good timing! My car battry is under the driver’s seat so I had to get out while the RAC tried to jump start me. My date came and stood with me as he felt bad about me standing outside in -5 conditions while he was sitting in the car. I had to get my mum to come and pick us up :( Worst 1st date in the history of the universe?

    At least it gave you an anecdote!

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    #77576
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    Hi

    I have Rigid Spine Syndrome MD and I’m like bambi on ice if I go out when it’s ice or snowing! The snow is mega bad today in Essex! Went to bed with no snow… woke up to about 5+ cm of the stuff!!!!

    Luckily my work are ok with me taking work home in case it snows and working from home if it’s heavy snow or ice.

    I get really scared going out in it in case I fall over and then I need someone to pick me up and I can’t get up on my own if I fall (unless I can get to some stairs or a sofa etc to push up on). Even if I’m with someone I kind of put my foot down, twist my foot on the floor a bit to see if its icy, then carry on! My fiance even told me under no circumstances to go outside today (his brother drove him into work in his car as my fiance drives a motorbike but its too icy, and the car was sliding into the kerb its so ice out there!)

    I feel the cold easily too and at work due to budget cuts etc we have the heating on the minimum so I end up going into work with thermal tops and extra layers! My extremities feel it the worse (ie hands and feet)

    I have thermal bedsocks on at the moment and the heating on, but later I know it will get colder and I’ll probably layer up some more!

    Hoping the snow clears by the weekend as its my fiance’s works christmas party and don’t fancy driving if its like this (also add to the fact that I can’t really turn up in Timberland boots with an evening dress on!

    Last year I had a heavy cold when it snowed and tried to get to the doctors to get a perscription and the pavements hadn’t been gritted and if I slide a little I immediately go rigid and just stop and I think it took a good 5 minutes to walk about 2 metres from my car to the doctors!

    I’ve got physio tomorrow and been waiting so long for an appointment but doesnt look like ill be able to go if the weathers like :(

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    #77578
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    Hope all you car drivers pack an emergancy snow kit.

    Went to work yesterday, and my snow buddies at work had to dig a path to my car for me to walk on, hobble me out and then brush snow and ice off my car. brrrrr..

    make sure you pack a brush and a shovel for snow clearing and plenty of de icer as well as a blanket, torch/batters and your mobil even for short journeys. oww and pringles( you need something while the nice peeps clear your car and dig you out)

    thats the snow in snowy lanakshire scotland at about 10″ brrrrr

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    #77579
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    Excellent advice Cat .. Pringles is a nice touch and you can share with the snow buddies, oww or hobnobs, who can resist! Some say take a flask of hot drink in case stuck for an extended period [they don’t give peeing advice tho :lol: ]

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    #77580
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    they don’t give peeing advice tho

    hey, theres always the shewee.. lol i was given one in a secret santa gift once :lol:

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    #77581
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    @catatude wrote:

    they don’t give peeing advice tho

    hey, theres always the shewee.. lol i was given one in a secret santa gift once :lol:

    I saw that a few years ago on Top Gear, lol. They wanted a volunteer, I nearly but chickened out :lol:

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    #77582
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    It’s mostly inside life. Or driving by taxi from place a to place b. In fact bigger wheels for my chair wouldn’t be a bad idea at all in order to drive on those snowy icy and bumpy sidewalks. So my chair would need some tuning for that.

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    #77583
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    @hartwig wrote:

    It’s mostly inside life. Or driving by taxi from place a to place b. In fact bigger wheels for my chair wouldn’t be a bad idea at all in order to drive on those snowy icy and bumpy sidewalks. So my chair would need some tuning for that.

    Snow chains on your wheels ;)

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    #77584
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    Snow chains on your wheels

    even better idea ;)

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    #77585
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    Not been out for 4 days now so going stir crazy indoors, wheelchair and snow are not a good combination :(

    Husband filled a very large bowl with fresh snow for me and let me lob snowballs from the safety of inside the back door, I aimed at him but missed :lol:

    Spasms have increased badly and trusty hot water bottle is working overtime ;)

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    #77586
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    @mistynow wrote:

    Not been out for 4 days now so going stir crazy indoors, wheelchair and snow are not a good combination :(

    Husband filled a very large bowl with fresh snow for me and let me lob snowballs from the safety of inside the back door, I aimed at him but missed :lol:

    Spasms have increased badly and trusty hot water bottle is working overtime ;)

    Awe, love hubbys ingenuity but not his dodging reflexes, lol … I use a microwaveable pads, like the cosy cubs for spot area warmth.

    Last winter I did not set wheel outside my house for 4 1/2 weeks, my Sister, Bro-in-law, Neph and Niece-in-law visited, friends phoned .. I got a lot of cross stitching and reading done!!

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    #77589
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    The weather has brought it home to me how much I am now affected by my condition. I went out at 7am to try and dig out the drive to enable us to get the car out. After half an hour I went indoors for a rest and when I tried to get up off the settee the muscles in my legs and arms were screaming. I’ve been so achy and tired since. I can hardly do anything with my right arm. :(

    How some of you guys cope I do not know. I’m luckier than some with my mobility but this has really made me realise how affected I’ve become.

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    #77588
    Re: How do you cope with the winter weather?

    @paul58 wrote:

    How some of you guys cope I do not know. I’m luckier than some with my mobility but this has really made me realise how affected I’ve become.

    I, like you, can manage a short while outside. Today my nephew came and took me to two stores to finish the shopping [can’t shop for a carer when the carer is there, especially when that carer is your bossy nosy sister ;) ] the temps are finally above freezing, just. However, I have found this winter, like last, I get cold in my hands/wrists, feet/ankles, it is uncomfortable but I can think past it. We get home, into the warmth, coffee made, shoes off, as the warmth starts to re-enter my frozen tips the pain begins, like someone in pushing a cold steel rod down my bones – that is the bit I dislike the most, for around an hour. Must be a circulation issue ::shrugshoulders::

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