A one-two punch of massive storms are currently putting a hurting on the United States, just in time for many of us to hit the road for our annual Turkey Day celebrations. For many of us, travel around the holidays is a painful requirement — but it can get a whole lot more painful if you find yourself broken down on the side of the road in freezing temperatures.
With snow, freezing rain, and high winds effecting communities everywhere from Oregon to New York, there’s a solid chance that you might be in the path of some harsh weather. Whether you’re making the trek to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving or staying home to play in the snow, it’s important that you keep an eye out for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, in these sorts of conditions, especially if you’re a parent, as kids can often be affected by the cold in more pronounced ways than us old timers.
In 2004, I found myself hospitalized with hypothermia. I was fortunate to be close to one of southern Vermont’s largest hospitals, and though I don’t recall much of the treatment I received, my family has since told me that it was stellar. I do, however, faintly recall waking up as the nurses cut all of my clothes off of me and realizing, to my abject horror, that I had gone to high school with one of them.
Don’t end up naked and freezing on a table in front of girls you went to high school with.