Very windy, cold and wet weather will blast South Eastern Australia this weekend as a series of cold fronts bring damaging winds, rain and snow. Being in lockdown might be a bonus for those coping with cancer. Cold weather can also intensify pain that patients with peripheral neuropathy can experience.
Peripheral neuropathy causing numbness in the extremities can be a side effect of some cancer treatments. Numbness in the hands and feet can make patients more prone to frostbite because they don’t realize how cold their hands and fingers are. This may also cause falls because of the numbness in the patient’s feet.
Some chemotherapy treatments and radiation therapy can affect your bones so extra care needs to be taken not to fall on the ice or slip on wet ground risking breaking bones.
If you do venture out remember your scarf and warm hat. With no hair you have no “insulation” on your head so cover up because much of your body heat will be lost through the head and shoulders. Make sure you keep your hands and feet warm by covering up in socks and gloves too.
Stay inside and keep warm.
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