lizzie

How do you keep warm ?

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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.


~ Teresa~

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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.

 

Craig

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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.

Love

Karen

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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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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,

Christy


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Thanks all for the heat maintaining ideas.

 

Christy - A friend bought me a silk vest a birthday present to keep me warm - It really does work well as a first layer. I'm also think of getting some silk long johns to wear under trousers.

 

I realise what a sad turn my life has taken as I now get more excited looking at catalogues of electric blankets, thermal underwear and fleecy slippers, than any other type of catalogue!

 

Omaeva- I too have l learnt to put gloves on before I leave the house - If I wait until my hands are cold the gloves just seem to seal the cold in rather than warming them up.

 

Craig- Air conditioning is not such a problem here in the UK, although more places are starting to have it installed. Unfortunately one of the places that does have it is the clinic where I go for my outpatient appointments consequently I always have blue fingers when I go into see the doctor.

 

Lizzie

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I always layer, then layer some more. I get thermal long john pants and thermal shirts to wear under my other clothes. I also found some great jeans that are thickly padded with flannel and with those over my long johns and a few sweaters and vests and a cute cotton cap and cute mittens I can barely keep from shivering.

 

I have to keep all the gas shut off in my house as even the pilot lights give me migraines, and electric heaters blow my circuit breakers so I am really in the COLD!!!! Granted I live in the San Francisco area not in Alaska but it still gets a little snow on my hill and gets into the 20's at night both indoors and outdoors. Thank goodness I have my kitty and bunnies to keep me warm.

 

Oh, and 3 pairs of socks at night is a must!

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Hi Sophiebun, I can't imagine how hard it is not to be able have heat in the house. My Dad lives in the south of Portugal which has a simialr climate to San Francisco and I know how cold it can get in the winter there. was intrigued to know how your bunnies keep you warm - are they house bunnies who sit on your lap?

Lizzie

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I bought this bed heater a few years ago, it is about 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, and I slip it under my balnket at the foot of the bed about half hour before I go to bed. I get hot flashes at night so I cannot endure it on all night. But I take it out, crawl into bed, and it is heavenly! My feet are so happy! My sister uses a regular heating pad and takes it out before going to bed, same result, foot heaven!

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When I was a child, mom used to heat bricks in the oven and wrap them in a towel. It was nice and toastie to put feet against. My husband has always used a hot water bottle for his feet, but since my daughter gave me some wheat bags, we have been using them instead. Very nice on the feet and no worry about leaking.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

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Hi Lizzie, yes my two rabbits are house rabbits. They don't have a cage they have free run of the house. They are litter box trained and they sleep on the end on my bed by my feet, and my kitty comes under the blanket and snuggles on my shoulder.

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My doctor recommended a heat band product that is meant to be worn around the wrist. to me yesterday (for relief of Raynaud's):

 

Has anyone tried it?

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Hi celiesblues

Yes, I have tried the heatbands...but I can't wear them because they go around your wrist and my skin is too tender and they annoy me.

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Just thought I'd get my late thought in here.... I enjoyed reading all the earlier posts.

 

My favorites have already been touched on - electric heating blankets in most used rooms, chemical heaters for hands, pockets and toes, and something to warm the wrists.

 

* I have a series of large heating pads with auto-shutoff by favorite chairs, couch and bed. Also, I found a little plastic device at an assisted living website to attach to the plug which makes it so much easier and less painful to plug the cords in/out.

 

* Chemical heaters are must for me, even in the summer when I get caught out unexpectedly in the air conditioning.

 

* I haven't tried the heat bands lately; Rather, I am always putting a cut-off trouser sock on my wrists for warmth, to keep the breeze off, and to hold the chemical warmer when needed.

 

One last thing, though. I am sure to talk to my doctor when getting cold becomes too bad. He's adjusted my medications for the Raynauds and is watching the anemia closely - which has been contributing to my "chill" lately.

 

-RTS

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Hi Lizzie!

 

Your post couldn't have come at a better time, with the weather getting cold over here. I have what I call a bean bag. It's about 14in. x 8in. filled with great smelling herbs and beans. I put it in the microwave for 1 1/2 min., not more than 2 min and it comes out really toasty. I put my hands on it or tuck it under my blanket and get cozy on the sofa. I use it for my feet, neck, shoulders, even my head. My sister bought it for me at the mall. It stays toasty for a good half hour but it does the trick!

 

I have a cat too. Sometimes while I'm lounging, she'll crawl up on my chest, get into a comfortable position and fall asleep. I don't mind cause she's soft and warm. :)

 

Hugs, Razz


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