Living life with a partner who has a Spinal Cord Injury can present many challenges – but one of the biggest issues a couple can face is handling warm and cold temperatures.. and what they can do to his body. One of the many complications of having an impacted nervous system is that our partners’ lose the ability to regulate their own internal body temperatures. This can prove to be disastrous during hot months, and in colder ones can prove just as risky to their overall health…. making it extra challenging for caregivers and partners to assist with.
Join hosts Elena and Brooke as they discuss transitioning from Summer to Fall/Winter, and their experiences with their quadriplegic partners in hot and cooler climates. Learn from their mistakes, and how to identify the warning signs of a “too hot” or “too cold” nervous system after SCI.
The hosts then discuss things like how to prepare for the winter months to avoid “the shakes”, and what items they personally swear by to help their quadriplegic partners maintain their warmth in winter months.
This podcast is sponsored by Robyn Wishart and her team at Wishart Brain and Spine Law. Proud to be a trusted and much needed resource for WAGS of SCI and their partners in the Spinal Cord Injury community. Visit brainandspinelaw.com to learn more about Robyn and what Wishart Law is doing for the community. Email or call them today to discuss your case or claim for FREE – don’t forget to mention WAGS of SCI when you contact them.
This podcast is sponsored in part by Megan Williamson, head SCI Fitness Coach at Ocean Insider Club, a “do anywhere” virtual training program for anyone who has sustained a Spinal Cord Injury and looking to get back into shape. Visit https://oceanrehabandfitness.com/ocean-insider-club/ to learn more about Megan’s customized low rate program and training plans.
Items mentioned in this episode:
Elena and Dan’s multi-temperature heating pad – a variety of settings for quads with reduced sensation
Dan’s cozy socks for staying warm at home (non compression)
Brooke and Evan’s favourite Merino Wool clothing brand. High quality breathable Base Layers that help to regulate quad body temperatures in hot or cold weather using sustainable merino from New Zealand
Evan’s favourite: Shower Steamer by Rocky Mountain Barber Co. Goes in the shower to blast you with aromatherapy steam!
Sigvaris Merino Wool compression socks for winter months – breathable and odour resistant