Winter weather in Central Texas can be tricky. One day it’s in the ‘80s and the next, here comes a Norther with freezing temperatures. That back and forth temperature change can be a nightmare for the immune system but don’t worry, we’re here to help.
The trick is to keep an eye on the weather forecast and prepare yourself and those in your care for yet another quick cold spell when the temperatures dip. One reliable online weather source is NOAA, which supplies all other sources with their forecasts. Here’s the direct link to our local forecast on NOAA.
Some folks take extra Vitamin C during the winter months. As our pharmacist, Albert Pearson says, “Well, it won’t hurt… and it just might help.” Albert also recommends that everyone have a flu shot. “The more people who get their flu shots, the fewer incidents of flu in our community.”
Wearing our warmest clothes during cold spells and dressing lighter when the weather heats up just makes good sense. Our bodies are our own, individual and highly portable heaters. Normal human body temperature, also known as normothermia or euthermia, is the typical temperature range found in humans. The normal human body temperature range is typically stated as 97.7–99.5 °F. What we’re doing is actually “capturing” our own body heat. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to the changing temperatures throughout the day. T-shirt, outside shirt of flannel or wool topped by a sweater or vest and a nice warm jacket allows you to layer on or layer off as the day warms up. Consider putting clean tissues in one jacket pocket, reserving the opposite pocket for used tissue. That keeps the germs corralled and queued up, ready for proper disposal.
Remember to pay close attention to keeping feet and hands warm when it’s cold outside. Top your layers off with a warm cap or hat, especially when it’s cold and windy. Don’t worry if it’s one of those silly, funny looking hats. That’s half the fun of winter wear.
On those cold nights, flannel sheets can make a huge difference in comfort, and… never underestimate the power of a cuddly cat on your winter bed.