A blog about my life, passions and concerns..I started it thinking it would only be about Fibromyalgia and living with it.
It still is the main topic, but i find I want to talk anything and everytihng that makes me want to type..I hope you find something of interest.
When I was a child living in deepest darkest Dartmoor,
we were prepared for winter from candles to tinned spam.We didn’t have the comforts of 2012. Somewhere along the the line we have got used to all the mod cons and don’t
prepare for winter emergencies in the same way we did then.
Living as a spoonie on a very low income concentrates the
mind somewhat – forcecasters are predicting a very very bad winter and while we
might scoff, considering we've had some extreme weather so far this
year I'm not taking any chances.
If you live alone and have a limited network or contact with people then putting in place a "just in case" plan can give you a bit of peace of mind. Even if like me you have a family around you, the thought of a power cut or loss of a vital service could leave you very vulnerable indeed.
ive tried to cover a few ideas:
Register with your water, gas and electricity suppliers as
vulnerable and indeed of a service. This means if there is a power cut you go
on their list as in need of essential service. – for example NPower has a warm response
service you can register with
Likewise find out if social services hold a list, make sure
someone somewhere knows about you – particularly if you live alone and don’t
get a service like social care. Even if you are not religious letting a local
church know you exist will mean if there is deep snow, ice or what ever and you
are left housebound someone will check on you.
Stock up on medication – speak to your GP about having an
extra bit of any viral medications you need just in case – also is you aren’t
already register with your local chemist for repeat prescriptions and delivery
that way you know you wont run out.
Preparing for power cuts
It might never happen, but id rather be prepared just in
We have a winter essentials box (just a plastic box with a
lid on it)
Candles & Matches
L.E..D battery lights (little stick on the wall lights - good for stairs)
Head torch - (looks daft but leaves your hands free)
Hand heat pads
Hot water bottle
Flask- small plastic tub of t-bags, uht milk, sugar)
List of emergency phone numbers
Mobile emergency charger
Emergency pack of medication
1st aid kit
biscuits – everyone needs biscuiuts
Ermergency choclate buttons
on top of that little lot
we have a small camp cooker and gaz (we live in an all
electric house so if the powers off we still need hot food)
We would all love to have the heating turned up high but
lets face it in austerity Britain living on benefits well below the poverty
line isn’t exactly easy. Poor people generally spend far more of their income
on energy bills that more well off simply because very often the house they
live in is not exactly energy efficient.
A few ideas for staying warm and avoiding the annual nightmare
of the winter fuel bill.
Playing the layers game, in my hiking days we were taught
its far easier to stay warm and remove layers than it is to have one really
thick layer on. Simply because air gets trapped in thin layers and keeps us
So get those thermal vests out, I have a whole collection of
blankets, old fashioned quilts and woollies. My husband has banned me from
buying anymore woollen clothing, but making sure you don’t get cold in the 1st
place is the trick
If there is a bit of your body that gets cold easily make
sure you layer them up – if my backside gets cold that’s it only the body heat
of a hunky naked man will warm me up* :)
Follow the advice – the less you move the colder you get,
even if like me that is bloody hard in the winter I do move regularly just
gentle stretches, potter about slowly will push blood about your body, raise
your temp and keep you warmer.
Sorry if this is teaching granny to suck eggs, but I see it
time and time again people getting sicker and sicker because of the cold
Good hydration – not drinking enough can also encourage you
to be cold, your body has to use more energy hydrating your cells to do
this it takes blood away from your extremities. Drink enough fluid and your
cells stay plump and your body doesn’t go into emergency mode8 (of course this could be hokum im no doctor but it makes sense in my world)