In what’s becoming a common occurrence, people who suffer from severe hypothermia are often left feeling cold.
But what they’re really concerned about is not just the chill, but the lack in light.
The cold can be a real pain, particularly when it hits you in the face, but sometimes it’s even worse than that.
In the case of this Chicago woman, the weather was so frigid that she was even left with frostbite on her face.
“The temperature was zero degrees in the morning, then in the evening it was just below zero degrees, and in the early morning it was over 30 degrees,” she told ABC News.
While the weather conditions were tough, it wasn’t long before she had to put her sunglasses on.
She didn’t even know what it was until her husband and family came home and told her.
“It’s the cold, the lack-of-light, and that’s what really got to me,” she said.
On top of that, she said the family even brought a blanket and put a couple of sheets under her face to protect her.
Despite the fact that she doesn’t have any other options for staying warm, she still kept her head down and stayed calm as she waited for the temperature to drop.
It wasn’t until her next visit home that she started noticing her symptoms.
When she returned to work, she was told that the weather had been so bad she’d lost her job.
And although she didn’t know what to expect from the rest of the week, her temperature was still below zero when she went home.
But then the weather turned.
Instead of being cold, it was warm, and the temperature in the home where she was staying had dropped to zero degrees.
Fortunately, her husband was there to pick her up.
As she drove to work that day, she had no idea what was going on, and it was only then that she realized her cold symptoms had returned.
By the time she got home, she realized she was cold all over again.
“I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I was in a lot of pain,” she explained.
Although she had gotten a lot better, she couldn’t shake the thought that she might have to put up with the same thing again next time.
“At first I was just really frustrated, because it’s like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t get over this cold,'” she said, adding that she felt like a complete failure for not wearing a scarf to cover her face when she was still in the cold.
Even though she didn, in fact, suffer from hypothermic shock, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Since the weather wasn’t as bad, she put up a cold mask and went about her business.
“Even though it was freezing, I had my sunglasses on, my sunglasses and my face,” she recalled.
However, that didn’t stop her from being worried.
Luckily, her condition didn’t get worse until she went to her doctor.
Doctors confirmed her condition and she was sent home to rest.
That night, she went back to work and was surprised to find her temperature back at normal, although it was still above zero degrees inside the home.
She took her mask off and was able to go back to her normal routine, and she said it felt like she had won a battle against cold.
“You don’t even realize you’re getting a cold until it’s too late,” she added.
Her family has been supportive of her, and they even took the time to help her pick out a new outfit to wear to work for her to help keep her temperature as low as possible.
“That’s why she’s been successful, because we really made sure that she had the right outfit,” her husband, Chris, said.
“We just took the liberty of making sure that it was the right suit.”
And since her husband has taken it upon himself to take care of her health, she is grateful for the help.
“They’ve been amazing,” she continued.
“It’s nice to know that if you get a cold, you’re not going to just get it on your face, you are going to be able to wear a hat.”
Source: ABC News | Duration: 0:00sec