Thursday, November 19, 2009

Winter Hazards and the Hobbit

Good Evening Humble Readers...

Yes, I live in Canada... on the flatland... so winter is unavoidable. (beware, whining ahead)

I have posted previously about how clutzy I am, and how snow and ice are not my friends. I have planned ahead this year though, and have purchased some of those stretchy things that you can put over your shoes that have extra little grips on them. (do you all have any idea what I'm talking about?)

But honestly, I would give just about anything right now for it to snow. Anything to add a little moisture to the air. My skin is drier than dry and I'm breaking out constantly.

However, I could live with dry skin. I could. Lotion can help, and being smart about not letting my showers get too hot (which is really hard, I love love love hot steamy showers) would help too.

The thing that I can live without is the nosebleeds. Two today. Twelve in the last two weeks. And I'm not talking about just a little trickle... I'm talking gushers. Fifteen or twenty minutes at a time. It just sucks!

I know I need to get a humdifier. That should help some. I don't do nasal sprays well, so I'm hesitant to try a neti pot or saline spray.

This has never happened before. I grew up on the prairies. This is my third winter back here... I should be able to handle this.

Do any of you wonderful souls out there have any other suggestions?


  1. While I know that neti pots might seem a little scary, they actually are really helpful with this sort of thing! So are saline sprays.

    I grew up with a lot of humid/wet air. Now that I live in a drier climate (and have for 10 years), I have to really make sure that my nose keeps moist.

    Having a humidifier does help. As does keeping a pot of water on the stove boiling...just to add a little more wetness.

    I also find that drinking hot tea...and breathing in the steam is beneficial.

    Good luck!

  2. I'm afraid I don't have much to offer. It's pretty dry where I live, and I do get dry, cracked skin on my hands, but lately I've just been applying lotion before I go to bed and it helps. I've never had nosebleeds, though. A humidifier sounds like a good idea.

  3. Get a humidifier ASAP. It will help a lot.

  4. I don't have any good suggestions, here in Seattle we are just soggy. Almost all year long. Very very soggy. I may get moss growing on my head instead of hair one day.

    Sorry to hear about your nosebleeds. Hope you find a good solution that works, but I suspect you already have the best idea, the humidifier.


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