Wednesday, December 15, 2010
How Dairy Farmers get dressed for Winter?
When I was 10 years old I was diagnosed with cold urticaria. Basically, I am allergic to the cold, snow, ice, frigid air, and most of all cold damp air. My body reacts to cold by producing hives...painful and itchy hives. I share this allergy with my father, so we often help each other find ways to stay warm. Even though I am allergic to the cold...I love living in Minnesota, so instead of moving I found ways to cope. As you can see in my picture...I allow very little of my skin to actually come in contact with the cold air. Once the temps are above 10 I can handle more exposure, but I still need to be careful. So,....in order to stay warm and cozy while I work 10-14 hours a day outside I wear LOTS of layers! So let's start at the top...
I usually wear a headband for my ears (they're very sensitive to the cold!). In the negative temps I sport the insulated face mask. I always wear at least 1 t-shirt and 1 long sleeved t-shirt, with a fleece hoodie on top. I added another long sleeved t-shirt yesterday to insure that I stayed warm. I wear a pair of athletic shorts, athletic pants, and a pair of jeans...all underneath a pair of insulated overall bibs. On top of that I wear an insulated coat. My feet enjoy 2 pairs of extra thick socks inside my insulated boots. I swear I wear almost 50 pounds of clothing and gear, but all of it is needed so I can stay outside comfortably, working for our animals. Sounds crazy I know, but I wouldn't trade anything, I enjoy being with my cows everyday...even in the Minnesota Tundra!