Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Looking cool can be stupid
I am writing this in shorts, with a blanket on my legs--but I am in AZ, where cold means maybe 45 degrees outside.
We all need to listen to Arthur Sanford, MD, a burn specialist at Loyola. Frostbite starts at the furthest extremities from the heart--fingers, toes, nose, ear tips... To preserve body temp, these areas start to constrict and the tissue starts to die--eek.
He has treated all sorts of frostbite victims--a kid wearing tennies that got wet and froze, a teenaged girl with cotton leggings. An old lady who goes for the mail, slips, and lies there.
Dress in layers. If a sweater or pair of socks gets wet, you have an alternative.
Weat a hat, gloves, and proper footwear. Texting gloves may look cool, but better to use a "fat" gloved finger to text, than to not have that finger.
Stay dry--you don't want trench foot (scroll down).
And hats--you may get hat hair, but you will still have ear tips!