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#1 lizzie

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 02:16 AM

Hi all, I'm sitting in my study ( a small room), with the central heating radiator on full, wearing a bizarre assortment of garments in an attempt to keep warm. In addition to the usual undergarments I have on T shirt, jumper, trousers, socks and fleece lined bootees. This is topped off with full length dressing gown, and Icelandic wool blanket plus a hot water bottle, but I'm still really cold and Its not even that cold outside today. Am feeling very miserable and am beginning to wonder how I am going to survive winter. This is even more of a concern than usual as domestic heating bills in the UK are set to rise by 1/3 this winter. Does anyone have any good tips on keeping warm?

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 02:26 AM

Hi Lizzie,
I know how you feel! It is chilly here today but not freezing and I am wearing layers as well trying to keep warm. I think the key is to layer up before you get cold. I find once I am cold it is nearly impossible to get warm again. It takes forever. We are in the same position with heating bills here in the US. We heat our home with oil and it cost over $800 to fill our oil tank! OUCH! It really hurt the wallet.

Stay warm....

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 03:39 AM

Hi Lizzie,
I know what you mean! It's getting cold here in Michigan too. I'm wearing a Tshirt, sweater, sweatpants, socks and warm slippers. and it helps that I'm sitting next to a heater vent! When I'm in the livingroom, I cover up with a blanket and my husband and I have two dogs that like laying on our feet. That helps a lot. I'm going to be digging out the Long Underwear soon; that's another layer I'll be wearing for the next six months. Heating pads help too.
I also got some cream from my Rheumatologist to apply to my hands & feet; it opens up the blood vessels to get more blood flow and helps keep them warmer. Also he gave me pills but I didn't use them last winter, just the cream.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:16 AM

Lizzie my study is very small but as you said even with the heating on it is still very cold! I also have an extra electric heater and leave a very thick fleece gilet on my chair ready to put on if feeling chilly. I am already wearing my sheepskin knee calf length boots along with knee socks and various layers of clothing but is difficult to keep warm. I must admit that I'm dreading the real winter months coming because as you say the heating bills are just going up & up! I'm even already wearing my down duvet coat when going outside now. I use the heating pads in my pockets or do have a pair of gloves with a pouch on the back for the heating pads. I take Amlodipine to help open the blood vessels but find they don't help much. All I seem to be able to do is just wear lots of layers & just try to keep warm because like Janey says "once I am cold it is nearly impossible to get warm again."

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 10:15 AM

Lizzie and Jensue

Also being in the UK I am disgusted at the ridiculous and quite frankly greed based rises in gas/electric prices. Usually when winter calls we sadly wonder how the elderly and those on the poverty line will cope with heating bills but now Mr/Mrs Average are also included.

Thankfully I am not yet overly cold because I also suffer with erythromelalgia. Consequently I still have the bedroom window open even right now as it makes me burn and itch, my room's so cold my nose is cold but under the covers my legs are burning. Summer is my equivalent of winter for you.

When I overheat I find I cool off more quickly if I get my feet cold so presumably the reverse applies. Whether too hot or too cold it can be uncomfortable and distressing. :angry:

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 11:37 PM

HI all , Thanks for the replies.
Lisa- After your post , I decided that the best thing would be to go and have a warm shower and redress in warmed clothes, including an extra first layer of silk vest- I do know from experience that once you are chilled through it is almost impossible to warm up, but once I get cold my brain seems to go into hibernation and I can't think rationally , so needed you to point that out!
Karen- Think the dogs 'heaters' sound great. I only have a cat, which even though smaller would be of some use if she was the sort of cat that would actually curl up on your knee. Unfortunately she is the most anti-social cat I have ever met and only deigns to give you 5 minutes of her time every now and then (pretty much a dead loss as a pet!)
Amanda- I actually work with someone who has erythromelalgia so have some idea what you suffer. Think the foot rule is right, if I can get my feet warm the rest of me feels warmer too.
Jensue- you sound as bundled up in clothing as me- I look like the Michelin man. It sort of reminds me of when I was a child and everyone wore much more clothing because most people didn't have central heating. I sometimes wonder how I use to walk to school with all the layers I had on -In winter at age seven ( this was the early sixties) I wore: Chilprufe wool vest, thick 'gym' knickers, Liberty bodice ( whatever happened to those?), itchy wool tights, underskirt, wyncyette blouse, serge pinafore dress, handknitted cardie, gaberdine with button in qulited lining, sheepskin zip up ankle boots, hat , scarf and of course the woolly mittens on a string threaded through the arms of the gaberdine. Also had to carry a heavy leather satchel and walk the 1.5 miles each way by myself- children were certainly tougher in those days!

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 01:12 AM

Hi Lizzie,

All I want to add is -- remember to also wear a warm hat, even indoors, even if it looks silly! We lose most of our body heat through our head. Another thing to consider is food and drink. Focusing on warm food and beverages helps me stay warm. Cold foods and beverages can gobble up my sparse body heat quickly during the chills. For a hobby, I loom snug warm caps that go down over my ears, with two thick layers around the ears.

Also remember motion. We tend to hunker down and sit in one spot when we're chilled, but dressing warmly and then pacing the room even can help kick the circulation into higher gear.

Eating often, but in smaller meals also helps. Large meals can seem to drain off the energy supply for digestion, sometimes leaving us scant for heat. Soup and tea is great for helping to warm up -- nutritious and warming, through and through (rather than a cold salad and pop, for example).
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 01:39 AM

YEP, even getting chilly in the morning now in the south. Got the furry slippers out last week. Hitting the warm water faucets all the time now. Susie54

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 03:39 AM

You know there are products that once exposed to air stay warm for 8 hours. For hunters there ones that are simple rectangles with no sticky back, that you slip into your pocket to keep hands warm. Well, they are cheaper than the sticky back ones, and I put one in each pocket on days where I just cannot stay warm. It is like having a personal heater! I do not put my hands in my pockets.. danger of burn (they are not really that hot, but tender skin is easily burned), but having 2 little heaters in my clothes is a real help. If my hands are really cold, I do put them in my pockets until they feel warmer, but I wear gloves. These heaters are not made to keeping against the skin, but to stay in pockets. I love them!

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 04:45 AM

Lizzie

Your mention of the clothes you wore as a child was exactly the same as mine. I remember the 'liberty bodice' & it did help to keep your back warm, my daughters just laugh at me now when I mention what we used to wear.
Lizzie having a warm bath does help when you are so cold but I also find that when I'm really exhausted I aslo seem to get colder & have trouble warming up.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 10:07 AM

Lizzie

With all those fabrics it's small wonder the static didn't cause you to ignite on your way to school!

And what was the one thing you suddenly wanted to do once mummified.....pee!

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#12 lizzie

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 11:17 AM

Hi again,
Lyn - I have some disposable hand warmers that look like teabags that you squeeze to activate them - I place these in fingerless fleece mitts which have a special pocket for the purpose - both obtained from the UK Raynauds and Scleroderma Association. I use them when I'm going to be outside for any length of time ,such as when am watching the football match. they really keep me warm. I haven't yet used them when I'm inside.

Shelley- Thanks for the suggestion of the hat - I have never thought of wearing one inside the house but think it will add the finshing touch to my around the house cold weather attire- It certainly couldn't make me look any more silly than I already do. What I really could do with as well is a nose cosy - I get Raynauds in my nose- you don't happen to loom those do you? :) Warm drinks are a life saver - I have at least one an hour, sometimes I just drink hot water if I feel I am overdosing on the tea. hot drinks also have the added advantage of keeping me moving to and from the kitchen making them and to and from the bathroom getting rid of them.

Amanda- We didn't ignite due to static because we only wore natural fabrics back in the olden days- wool and cotton (nylon was around but my Mum thought it was common and bad for you) - was just before the wonders of crimpelene and acrylic transformed our wardrobes. You're right about the difficulty of going for a pee once you were all bundled up- which is why mothers always made children go to the loo before they set off anywhere!

Jensue: What has just struck me is that although girls wore vast layers of clothes in Winter, boys were obviously thought to be made of sterner stuff as they wore shorts all year round , the only concession to winter being the wearing of knee length socks rather than ankle socks- no liberty bodice for them!.

I'm very excited this evening, as in a catalogue that came today I have spotted an electrically heated fleece throw - think I am going to have to get one.
Lizzie

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:03 AM

Hi Lizzie,

I agree, you have to get warm before you need it. Plus, I have a few electric blankets around the house they are absolute life-savers. I use little hot packets in my gloves and microwavable seed filled thingys that stay warm. You can see them at sclero.org under clothing I think. I find the things that actually heat up are quite necessary. It's cold here too, upstate Ny, it was already 25 yesterday and tomorrow snow in the forecast! Our heating is about 400 a month year round.
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:41 AM

Karen , you make me feel a real wimp , the tempertaure here was about 12 C ( 54F) today and I'm complaining! My heating bill is pretty similar to yours - although will soon be increasing by about 1/3 - fuel bills are really ridiculous in the UK now- although I imagine that they are incresaing everywhere in line with the cost of oil.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:59 AM

Hi Everyone,

It is in the 40's today in kentucky and I am already freezing. I can't imagine it be colder! :( I have my heated on under my desk and I am drinking warm tea to to get warm. I dread winter.

Hope everyone stays warm!!

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:02 AM

Still in the 90's here in Phoenix. I work in the OR at a Children's hospital and it is freezing all year. I just bought a pair of the fur lined crocs and they are keeping my feet nice and warm at least.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:36 AM

Just want to second what Shelley said about hats - and how so much warmth is lost through the head. I love the knit ski-type caps, and they are usually available very cheaply at the big stores. I keep a few around since, like scissors, they have a mischievous way of hiding just when you need them! They can also be doubled up for extra warmth. Of course my bald head need the extra help. For about six months of the year I wear thermal undershirts - and I live in San Diego. Like Pieski mentions, you can still freeze in a warm climate, what with all the people who like the air conditioning set at about 66 F.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:19 AM

Awwwww Lizzie, I sure didn't mean you are a wimp! No no no. I am freezing at 54 as well. And at 64 chilly. I am not 'happy' temperature wise unless it's above 75. I totally understand you. My heated blankets are my best friends. I always keep hot hands in my pockets. It's so embaressing at school when the kids are still in shorts and t-shirts and I'm already in jacket and gloves! No wimps here.
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 04:59 AM

I drink really hot tea through out the day, that helps too. Also to cover up and stay warm before you get cold. I know I have to put gloves on while my hands are still warm before I leave the house, otherwise it's too late.

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 08:30 AM

Hi Lizzie,

Like the others, I drink hot tea or the micro-wave soup. I wear gloves when I get in the refrigerator or freezer and go out to get the paper or mail. Started the glove thing about 2 weeks ago. Good ol' Indiana. Tuesday night it got down in the 20s. Brrr

This year I'm splurging and buying good quality long underwear. The pants are silk. My brother got some for my sister-in-law a couple of years ago for a gift and she said they're wonderful and there's no static cling. I also got some silk interlock glove liners that can be worn with gloves or mittens.

I bought a box of Hot Hands that can be purchased in most drugstores and Toasty Toes (same place).

Last year my furnace kept going out (bad gas valve). That was awful. Seemed like it always happened about 6:30 or 7:00 pm. I had a new valve installed and HOPE that does the trick!!!!

Well, I've rattled on enough. Hope this helps.

Take care and be warm,
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