Last week was especially hard. The temperatures were very extreme; schools, events, activities etc. were even governed close last Monday and Tuesday because of the cold. I believe the high was below -20°F and the wind chill factor (how it felt) was at least -40°F. The news commented saying five minutes outside and someone could start to freeze! Even Brody didn’t want to go outside.
The weather here is also very unpredictable. The other day felt like a heat wave with the high being 40°F. Other states probably might consider that cold but not us here! I would definitely take Brody for a walk if there wasn’t so much slush in the streets. In fact, I did when it first snowed and everything was fresh. Last night it snowed a few inches and we’re due to get more today.
|Me and Brody about a month ago. It was still warm enough to be outside and the ground wasn't too wet. By the way, he loves his sweaters!|
|The sun was shining brightly.|
|He only goes in the snow when it's warmer out.|
|When it's cold and snowy he goes out as quick as possible!|
|On this day he stopped to soak up the sun.|
Having a SCI and being on a ventilator is no match for the cold weather. Because of my injury, I’m not able to feel if I’m cold or hot. The only way I know is when it’s too late and my body starts spasming. Also, the cold air can be very hard on my lungs. When the vent pulls the air in, it goes through the tubing, then my trach and into my lungs. There is nothing to warm the air up so it feels the same in my lungs as it is outside. When someone breathes through their nose, the hairs warm the air up so it’s not such a shock.
There are still a couple months left of winter with more cold days and lots of snow! As long as the temperature stays above 0°F I’m willing to venture out. It’s definitely not the same to just look out the window as it is actually going somewhere. Hopefully my wheels can take all the snow we’re getting and I can go somewhere soon.