Wednesday, February 9, 2011
This Snowday Service has been suspended.
Northern Alberta is cold in the winter, really really cold. Some week's it can be below -30 with the average temperature hovering at a genial -20 from November to March. When Crohn's was running rampant through my insides, weather colder then 15 Celsius (60 Fahrenheit) was cause for me to stay inside. My body could not handle the cold temperatures and I would feel physical pain when I was exposed to anything cooler then what could be described as balmy.
My husband is an avid snow boarder and loves cold outdoor activities. I on the other hand have trouble leaving the confines of the nice warm chalet. Could you imagine being in boarding pants, on a chair lift half way up a hill only to realize.....you have to poop NOW? I have nightmares of what THAT would look like. Neil and I do almost everything together but partaking in cold weather sports has always been beyond my pain threshold.
The beginning of 2011 brought freezing weather and record amounts of snow fall. It also brought a new discovery of what Oscar has done for me.
Approximately a week into our never ending snowfall and my husband shovelling upwards of 5-7 times a day, I decided to bundle up and try to tackle the white stuff with him . To my immense surprise 5 minutes, then 10 minutes then 1/2 an hour passed and I felt fine (the above picture is of me, an hour into my snow day). My toes were a bit chilled but the bone deep ache never materialized. I was enjoying being outside and was jumping into snow banks with reckless abandon. I had turned into the 10 year old that Crohn's had yet to touch. I realized something that Saturday afternoon, having an ostomy meant that I could enjoy being outside in the cold!
Thank you Oscar for allowing me to re-discover the joys of snow and snow pants. My snowboard, sitting so silently in the basement can now gather powder instead of dust. Anyone else want to take a snow day with me?