Getting cold feet

My Microwavable socks
My Microwavable socks

Over the past few days I rally have been getting the feeling that winter isn’t too far away again.

No, not because the trees are losing their leaves or because the days are getting shorter, but because it’s getting to the time of year where I start wearing multiple pairs of socks.

I don’t think I’ve ever met another person who owns quite as many pairs as I do. I have enough to fill an entire drawer so that it can barely close without giving it a huge shove, and then I fill a separate overnight bag too. Even when I wear tights, a put a pair on over my feet.

Because of the way my feet drag on the floor when I walk, I put holes in the toes very quickly. I never throw any odd ones away because I go through them so quickly. Some days, it can take ages to find  a matching pair if I’m head out to an appointment or something like that.

I got the pair of microwavable ones that Rob got me out of the wardrobe the other day in preparation, and it won’t be long before they get used again. I can’t walk in them but I can sit in them while I read books and type all my job applications. My gloves have made a reappearance in my coat pocket too, and I don’t think it will be much longer before I don my hat and scarf too.

What do you do to keep warm when the weather turns cold?

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The simple joys of summer

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I love the summer. The light nights, the walks with friends and the ocassional BBQ, I enjoy it all. More than anything though, I look forward to the warmth.

I’ve spoken before of how much harder I find it hard to move in the cold, and how my circulation (especially my feet) can get quite badly effected. They’re often black or grey and it’s not very pleasent as I quite often get pins and needles. So, whatever the wheather you’ll usually find me in thick socks. Well, dear readers I just wanted to write a quick post to share with you one of my most simple, but greatest joys of the season.

The other night I woke up in the middle of the night feeling far too hot, only to find that when I removed my socks (yes I keep them on for bed) my feet were a wonderful shade of pink!

Even my boyfriend was amazed.

They  stayed that way while I had a wonder around to cool off a bit, which never normally happens! It wore off in the morning though, but, hey, I’ll take what I can get.

 

Toasty toes please

As well as Cerebral Palsy I also have quite poor circulation. My feet are always a wonderful purple or grey colour (I won’t gross you all out with a photo) and the only time they look my normal skin tone is when I’ve just got out of bed or the shower. I don’t know if this is connected to my disability or not. I keep meaning to ask the physios but I always forget. It wouldn’t really matter anyway. I’d still have both at the end of the day.

My poor little toes are usually always cold so it’s a rare day that you’ll ever see me without socks, sometimes even two pairs. My friends and family love it though because I must be the only person who loves getting loads of them at Christmas.

One year my boyfriend found what I think could well be one of my favourite inventions ever. It’s so good it has to be up there with the thermos mugs that help me carry tea round the house…he got me a pair of microwavable socks! Yes, you read that right, socks that I can heat up in the microwave. How amazing is that? He was really proud of himself for finding them and I have to admit that I was pretty dang imp

My Microwavable socks
My Microwavable socks

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I know that these might not be suitable for everyone to use. I am not a medical professional so I cannot suggest when anyone else should or should not use them. Therefore I can only speak of my personal experience with these mircowavable socks and the post should not be used as a replacement for medical advice.

Given that they have lavender in the bottom to make them smell all nice I can’t walk around the house in them but they are awesome when it’s snowing outside or I’ve spent too long in our stone floor kitchen. They stay warm for ages too which as far as I’m concerned is a bonus.

My hands don’t do particularly well in the winter either. My fingers often go an interesting shade of grey or extra white. This causes quite a problem when I’m out and about because it’s harder to grip my walking frame if the gloves I wear are too thick, but the thinner ones don’t protect me from the cold as well as I’d like. Often my hands end up going numb, which makes it harder to hold on to the walker anyway. Usually I just grit my teeth and wait it out until I get back inside and make myself a huge cup of tea to warm my hands up on. Strangely enough, I don’t have a problem with that.