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Brrrr! Bundle Up Warriors!

Brrrr! Bundle Up Warriors!

warm coldSo it’s winter and cold in most parts of the Western hemisphere. In addition, places that normally don’t get snow and cold are feeling how the other half lives this week. For those of you not used to the cold weather, there are a few tips so that you don’t get a crisis. The winter often leaves many sickle cell warriors indoors, bundled up next to a warm heater. The cold often brings many warriors into a full blown crisis, no matter how much we bundle up and try to stay warm. I know that it can be tempting to go play in the snow, and many of us have tried it only to fall sick afterwards. As a result, we’ve become winter hermits.

That doesn’t have to be the case! Here are some tips to keep you crisis free as you make those snow angels.

Hydrate. You do need to drink during the winter, because your body is ramping up to maintain your normal body temperature. As a result, you will need more fluids than you may think you need, so drink water if you plan to go outside.

Love your Layers: Layering is a secret that I wished someone had told me a very long time ago. The trick to layering is that you want to have breathable layers that aren’t too thick (so you aren’t too sweaty) and aren’t to thin (that won’t provide warmth). You may have to go through several types of layers to find the right combination. I will post what works from me and it may give you some inspiration.

Bottoms:

  • Silk long johns purchased from JCP or any department store OR
  • Wool long johns from H&M (these are my favorite when it’s uber cold outside).
  • Thick wool socks. You really need only 2-3 pairs of wool socks. They are the kind that cost $8-$15 bucks a pair that hikers wear going up the mountain. I find that my mini cold crisis start in my ankles when I’m not wearing those long thick wool socks.
  • Timberlands or Boots. Because everyone needs boots in the snow. Make sure you have a sturdy tread so you don’t slip and fall. Also, try to buy 1 size bigger because of the wool socks are thick.

Tops.

  • Silk undershirt (also from JCP). I like the ones with the long sleeves. You can wear a small camisole as well if you don’t have this, which a long sleeved shirt on top.
  • A small sweater, preferably 100% cashmere (so thin but oh so warm!)
  • A larger sweater (I love the wrap sweaters)
  • A thick, warm coat.
  • Mittens/gloves (A MUST)
  • A hat and scarf (Cover every inch of you!).

You really must protect every single inch of your skin. The more skin you leave exposed, the more prone you are to freezing your buns off. Also, make sure if anything, your head, hands, feet, chest, are the most protected. Often these are the areas that heat leeches out from, so you want to cover and protect yourself and your kids!

Stay warm and stay blessed.

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Tosin is dedicated to perpetuating healthy and positive messages about sickle cell. Although sickle cell is a subject often taboo in the communities this condition is most prevalent, Tosin's message is that sickle cell is not something to be ashamed of and you can live a rich and fulfilling life with sickle cell. Sickle cell warriors are the most amazing people in the world, with a great fortitude for compassion, willpower and strength.

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2 Comments

  1. Elle Jenae
    Elle Jenae February 01, 07:21

    Great article! Loved art the tips too! We have such extreme temps here in Chicago that I often take a really thick throw for her to wrap up in when in the car. But Im going to really try and find her some wool socks. That’s an awesome idea. Again, great article.

  2. md
    md April 06, 16:09

    layering is important as you mentioned because you don’t want to feel sweaty. I have tried the merino wool base and mid layers they are amazingly warm but unfortunately slightly expensive but well worth it for the benefit it gives.

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