Clothes - keeping warm and cool
When you are severely affected you may find that your body temperature seems to go out of control. Rocketing from freezing cold to boiling hot. The best way to control it, is to have lots of easily removable layers. Pyjamas and loose track suits are good, especially those with buttons or zips down the front of the tops.
You can wear cardigans back to front – this makes them easier to put on and take off and keeps your front warm, especially if you have problems putting clothes on over your head.
Make sure the material is soft and comfortable – cotton, fleece or satin. Clothes should be comfortable and loose fitting – nothing that cuts off the circulation when lying in one position. You may choose just to wear a few clothes and have the heating up high.
You may also find that your extremities get very cold and refuse to warm up i.e. your hands and feet.
It’s a good idea to wear thick socks, sometimes more than one pair. It’s important that the socks don’t cut into your legs, cutting off the circulation. You can get special non-elastic socks.
You may have to resort to wearing gloves, although this reduces the amount you can do with your hands. You can wear one glove on one hand leaving your dominant hand free to do things. Totes do gloves with grip strips, which give you extra control and grip. Gloves come in various materials and sizes, it’s a case of trial and error to find out what’s most comfortable for you. Muffs can be good because you can easily slip your hands in and out.
It’s worth stocking up during the winter period as you may find you still need them during the summer, when you can’t buy them easily.
Your head can also get very cold, even during the summer, so you can either wear a hat or you can wear a fleecy jacket with a hood. Available from most mail order places, again stock up in the winter. If you get one with a full-length zip it makes it easier for the summer.
Scarves are good to keep your throat warm and you can get nice soft ponchos or shawls for when you are really cold. Look out for spring sales when winter clothes are reduced.
For some people this can be as much of a problem as keeping warm. If you can cope with the noise electric fans are good, especially if you can adjust the speed. Try and have a window open as much as possible.
Don’t worry, your temperature won’t always be this strange; as you get better it will too.
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