Saturdays are for the... ER?
Saturdays are for ... the emergency room? One thing I've learned this winter is #T1D & cold weather get along just as well as like Taylor & Kanye. It's tumultuous at best. After a little (but really on the verge of a meltdown) scare with frostbite, leading to a visit to the ER, some important lessons were learned. Here are my wintertime pro-tips for keeping all of your toes: 1) KEEP YOUR FEET PROTECTED. Invest in warm, moisture-wicking socks. Change them if they're wet. Buy real boots (not uggs). As T1Ds, we are more susceptible to the cold weather, which can exacerbate issues such as numbness, nerve damage & decreased circulation in the extremities. Wetness can also allow bacteria to fester, so make sure to keep those toes warm & dry. 2) Inspect your feet for signs of discoloration, calluses or breaks in skin. If anything looks funny, don't delay getting it checked out. I'd rather have the doctor laugh at me for *over-reacting* than wait until it's too late. 3) Massage, moisturize & repeat. Dry skin is delicate, thus more prone to breakage & ultimately infection. Moisturizing keeps skin healthy & strong, while massaging stimulates blood flow & improves circulation. I give myself a mini-foot massage with aloe after the shower as part of my daily routine. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a pedicure? Okkkay, but make sure it's a vetted, clean & professional place beforehand. 4) Stay healthy. Keep those shugs in check. Poorly controlled BGs just make everything worse, amirite? 5) Move to a warm climate. In the meantime, put on some sweatpants, watch a movie, drink hot tea & stay cozy. Winter has come, but it won't last forever. #globalwarming