7 Reasons to Celebrate the Cold

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1 No More Head Aches. People with itp are incredibly suseptably to the heat, dehydration and crazy bad head aches.  It is a nasty side effect of all the craziness inside us, the heat in our blood, our immune system burning on overdrive, our hormones going spastic and our fluctuating moods.  At least in the cold, there is one less trigger.

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a korean winter

2 Eases the heat inside your body.  For anybody who saw the episode of House where he sent the girl with itp out in the cold, will understand what I mean when I say, the cold is refreshing.  There are lots of theories, commonly in chinese medicine about the heat that burns inside us.  I have to say I love having cold fingers and toes.

3 Cold weather Suppresses Immune Function.  It is a fact that cold weather lowers your immune function, which is why normal people who don’t have over active immune systems often get sick during winter – But we just go back to normal.

All those clothes keep the bruises covered and the questions to a minimum

Staying In.  Winter time it a great reason to stay in and keep away from other peoples germs and sickness.  Winter food is so nourishing, and warms the home with the stove top simmering away.  Winter leads to cooking with more iron and protein rich foods, such as spinach, mushrooms and red meat.  The nights get dark earlier giving you more time curl up and read or  be read too.

6   Warm baths.  Did you know that having a long bath in Epsom salts, with a glass of shiraz is the most effective way to get a dose of magnesium, an important and often over looked element in the body.  Most of us are deficient in magnesium, and soaking in a bath with Epsom Salt, which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost.  According to care2.com magnesium deficiency helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments.

Take A Break.  Winter is the best time to give your hair, skin and nails time to recover from the onslaught of summer and all the elements, protecting your body with all those layers, tie your hair up under a hat and tuck away the nails and hands in a pair of gloves.

Why getting sick might be good for you?

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This is a controversial topic among ITP sufferers but one that must be mentioned.

I have read a lot of forum talk from both sides of the argument.  Each side of the debate seems back up by their own lived experience of getting sick while having ITP.  Some people find getting a virus, cold or illness will reek havoc on their ITP.  Others are completely the opposite. When they fall ill, they feel amazing!  Their platelets rise and their bodies enjoy the process.

All I can go by is my own experience.  I have found that when I have a VIRUS OR COLD (which is rare in itself) my blood count tends to look pretty good.

I have spoken to my haematologist about this and, though there are no definitive answers as to why, the general understanding is this – When my body is illness free, my immune system starts to attack my blood.  However, when there is actually a virus or bacteria to attack and kill, my immune system’s ATTENTION IS DIVERTED to actual duties.

There are patients with ITP who state that the medications and supplements they take to treat the cold or flu that effects their blood count.  They believe it is not a case of the immune systems attention being diverted, but more to do with taking better care of yourself when you are sick.

I tend to not take anything when I am feeling a little sick.  The best medicine is a few days off work, bed rest, (Netflix) plenty of water and to wait it out.  However crappy.

I know that this is not the case with everyone but it works for me.  If you know for sure that cold and flus are bad for you, stay in with this months’ book club recommendation for winter.  But perhaps, if you are one of the lucky ones, like me – head out and kiss all the snotty nosed, sick children you can find and give you platelets and bone marrow for that matter a break this winter.